Teen Songwriter Circle

We sang. We wrote. We learned. We were together.
On April 23rd and May 21st  teens from New York, Florida, California & Oklahoma came together for virtual teen songwriter circles celebrating “Songs for Change” led by Morley and Renee Goust.


Wednesday, June 17th 
5 pm- 6:30 pm
(Via Zoom)

The workshop will again be led by Morley and Renee Goust and include: 
-Sharing original songs in process
-Communal writing exercise
-Singing & playing together

No songwriting experience necessary.
Instrument optional (though if you’ve got a guitar, uke, piano, horn, ANYTHING… “bring it”).
No need to have attended a workshop previously- new attendees always welcome.

The Guitar Mash Teen Songwriter Circle aims to cultivate the individual voice through songwriting. You will have the opportunity to share songs in progress and learn basic tools in the songwriting process. If you don’t have any songs written… that is ok! Hopefully, this will inspire you and be the beginning of your journey into songwriting.

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Teens of diverse backgrounds and all musical abilities come together to share songs, write, and jam. 

GM Teens Co-Chairs:  Evie Dolan, Brandon Niederauer, Chloe Hennessee




“A lot of people tell teens it’s time to get off your phones and do something. What’s great about Guitar Mash is they actually give you something to do.”
-Tom Colicchio 

Check out the gallery of photos to see our teens in action!



Guitar Mash and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment presented the “MY NYC TEEN SONGWRITING CONTEST” in 2017 and 2018

Click Here to hear the 2018 winners

Click Here to hear the 2017 Winners

Teen Acoustic Guitar Project

Bringing together a group of young guitarists, the Teen Acoustic Guitar Project (inspired by “The Acoustic Guitar Project”) passed one acoustic guitar from one musician to the next within New York City. After receiving the guitar, each teen had one week to write and record an original song using only the guitar and their voice. The project reinforced the Guitar Mash commitment to the communal and aimed to bolster the community of teens making and sharing music together.

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Guitar Mash has served as a hub for musical teens from a wide variety of communities. We are grateful to our community-based partners serving teens:

Baja Musical Arts Initiative
Berklee NYC
Church Street School for Music & Art
The Door
Face the Music
The Lower Eastside Girls Club
Renaissance Youth
Road Recovery
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