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Common Ground On The Hill July 12-16-Songwriting With Rod 10 am, Performance Workshop 1 pm–online at

July 12 @ 10:00 am - July 17 @ 11:30 pm

Common Ground On The Hill 2021

Rod’s upcoming classes are part of a three-week arts camp, with a wide range of classes in arts and music and an outstanding faculty. Registering for CGOTH includes access to catalog class offerings and free admission to evening events, including lectures and concerts with name artists during the week. Classes are interactive and offer performance opportunities and individual and group feedback.
Comments from 2020 classes:
“Best song writing instructor I have had at Common Ground.  Able to analyze songs and give great feedback.”
“Loved working with Rod, as always. Very helpful, and informative!”
“Great performance suggestions and advice. Rod is a wonderful teacher, and the course worked remarkably well, despite having to switch to online format.”
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Songwriting with Rod MacDonald

Period 2
10:30 – 11:45 am

From the beginner to the experienced writer, making real songs means respecting your inspiration and learning some technique. This course aims to get you started and give you the tools to express yourself in music and words. Speak your mind in an artistic and convincing way, with humor, anger, poetic and musical artistry, storytelling, character, and facts, and be understood clearly. Sing Out! calls Rod “A modern day troubadour of the people and for the people.”

Up Your Game: Performing Your Favorite Songs

Period 3
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Explore the art of singing in individual and group settings, choosing favorite material and presenting it with confidence, by learning to sing it in your natural voice. This interactive workshop will aim to bring out the best in your voice, accompaniment and delivery.


July 12 @ 10:00 am
July 17 @ 11:30 pm
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Common Ground On The Hill
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Rod MacDonald is a member of ASCAP, (a national House Concerts organization), and Sonicbid

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To help us all through these times, these cds are $5 (minimum 2 cds/$10

No Commercial Traffic (NCT) / And Then He Woke Up (TWU) / Into The Blue (ITB) / Recognition (R) / A Tale Of Two Americas (TTA) / After The War (ATW)

---Songs Of Freedom (SOF), Later That Night (LTN), Beginning Again (BA), or archival cds/dvs are $10 each. "Live In Germany" (DVD)