Summer Songwriting Course in France

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Songwriting with Dean Friedman at French House Party, Carcassonne:
The French House Party in the Carcassonne area of south-west France, is named Top Retreat in the National Geographic book by American travel writer Pam Grout: "The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life". We provide superior all-inclusive experience holidays, assuring the very best of personal attention to people whose expectations are high. We offer a rare opportunity to learn song-writing from one of the world's best musical lyricists. Join New York singer-songwriter Dean Friedman for a 4-day residential course close to Carcassonne. Dean is renowned for his international hits such as “Ariel”, “Well Well Said the Rocking Chair” and, of course, “Lucky Stars”.

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Dean Friedman Vacation Songwriting Course - 4-days:
Photo of Summer Songwriting Course in France- 4-day, all-inclusive, residential summer program 

The legendary singer-songwriter Dean Friedman will again operate his residential summer songwriting course with the French House Party in Carcassonne in 2016.

All classes are conducted in English.

Acknowledged as one of the best lyrics-and-melody composers in the music industry and with the perfect, instantly-recognisable soaring voice which gave him hit songs like Ariel, Well Well Said the Rocking Chair, Lydia – and, of course, the quirky and memorable British chart-topper Lucky Stars - Dean has remained a major inspiration to other songwriters for more than 20 years.

This is an unusual and exclusive opportunity to spend four days learning the techniques of composing with a performer frequently compared to Billy Joel and Paul Simon – and described by one music critic as “A genius. An original. A musical craftsman of unrivalled expertise.”

After his recent shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Three Weeks reviewer Tom Bell declared: ”Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant”.

Course Content:
• The all-inclusive 4-day break will contain 3 days of group instruction workshops, jamming sessions, one-to-one tuition, writing, performances and the bonus of a privately-arranged Dean Friedman evening gig.

• The role of choice in determining the theme, idiom, narrative voice and goal of a song will be examined along with strategies for creating an environment that encourages inspiration to strike.

• Students will be encouraged to share their original compositions, for comment and review. Each day, students will be given specific songwriting assignments, individually and/or in pairs, tailored to explore some of the basic principles of the craft of songwriting. 

• All meals will be taken with Dean at home.

Our 4-day Songwriting Course includes:
Image of Summer Songwriting Course in France• Accommodation in twin/double bedroom with private facilities.
• All tuition.
• All meals with wine.
• Chauffeured transfers from and to Carcassonne or Toulouse airport.
• Exclusive use of our pool, tennis court and boules pitch.
• Bicycles for your use.
• Welcome fizz and information get-together.
• Dean Friedman's public concert held in the grounds of the property.

Without exception, our clients praise our great accommodation, fantastic food and wine, the excellence of our tutors and our exacting attention to detail.

Dean will also be performing on the Saturday evening and entry to the gig is included in the price. This is an all-inclusive holiday course -  the only optional extra is a 13 Euro Wifi charge which applies for the entire duration of your stay.

Further Courses/ Activities:Photos of Songwriting with Dean Friedman at French House Party, Carcassonne
• As well as providing tutored courses in cookery, creative writing and songwriting, the French House Party has the ideal exclusive private venue for team training, management breaks or personal development courses, accommodating up to 16 delegates. Our professional organisational team fully-facilitate your personalised event. 

• We can also arrange private wine-tasting visits to vineyards and visits to some of the exceptional gourmet restaurants in the Carcassonne area. 

• We also offer Golf and Gourmet breaks: from arranging all your chauffeured transport, your green fees at a variety of super courses, plus fabulous food and wine at fine restaurants and also chez nous.

• We will plan a personalised all-inclusive break for your group of golfers from the moment you arrive at the airport. With our own private tennis court, we can also offer the same bespoke service to groups of tennis players.  

• Brides-to-be in search of somewhere chic for their pre-wedding girls’ celebration can build their own bespoke break, incorporating fitness and beauty options, trips to markets or private visits to vineyards.

• We can also arrange a DJ for a special party, if required. We’ll do the same for any group searching for somewhere really special for a special getaway celebratory weekend.

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Address: Carcassonne, South West France, France
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2019-02-06 were from:

China;   Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;   France;   Basel, Switzerland;   Canada;   Port Hope, Canada;   Switzerland;   Marrakech, Morocco;   Victoria, Australia;   maine, USA;   and more.