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NSAI Orlando and Cocoa Beach

NSAI


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NSAI: What's It All About?

We are strong advocates of songwriting groups such as NSAI. Here you meet with other writers, receive valuable instruction from an industry pro, then listen to each others songs and offer constructive criticism.

If you've never done anything like this, it can be a bit nerve-wracking. It's one thing to play your songs for an audience of mostly non-musicians, with the only feedback being the volume of the applause, or the number of people who come up to you afterward to comment on your songs. (And usually the ones who come up to talk to you want to tell you how good they thought it was!)

In an NSAI meeting, you present your creations to a group of your peers. There may be songwriters there who have more experience than you, and others who are just beginners, but all are eager to share their opinions. And what are they looking for when they hear your songs? Stuff that needs to be fixed!

Songwriters who come to an NSAI meeting for the first time can have a few different reactions:

Some of them seem to come fully expecting everyone in the group to tell them how great their songs are. They are akin to deluded would-be “singing stars” that often audition in the early rounds of “American Idol.” These songwriters are stung and offended by any criticism offered concerning their songs, and consequently they are never seen at a meeting again.

Some songwriters come tiptoeing into their first meeting with some apprehension, but a decidedly more open mind. They somehow instinctively understand the purpose of the meeting, songwriters helping spur each other on to greatness (or at least incremental improvement). They may hang back at first, but eventually they bring in songs for critiquing, and begin to benefit from the feedback, and also benefit from having to offer their own analysis of songs written by others.

Some writers come barreling in, armed with their best songs, and eager to get going! They are ready to do whatever it takes to improve and succeed.