Garry Novikoff

About The Teacher

Garry Novikoff is a genre-bending, multi-award winning artist whose songs have been heard on radio stations across the globe. A Tony Award-nominated musical theater educator, he is also a unique folk story-teller, a writer of ironic pop songs and haunting ballads, an irreverent rocker, a musical theater wordsmith, and an ASCAP award-winning children’s composer. Garry weaves all of these elements into one rich and complex artistic persona. Time Out New York calls his CD ‘A Normal Life’ “a catchy – and more importantly funny – collection of pop songs.”



** PRESENTING: Songs of Innocence, Songs of experience (A Songwriting Workshop) **

Do you know that you’re a songwriter? You are! In case you are not sure, this workshop will prove it to you. As a multi award-winning songwriter and a TONY-nominated musical theater educator, I find joy in creating an atmosphere of expansion conducive to songwriting. We will start by writing one or two warm-up songs. Then we will choose a topic to dig into. Inspired by the titles of William Blake’s books of poems, we may choose to write our own “songs of innocence” or “songs of experience.” We maybe even choose to compose something downright “naughty” if that is the group consensus. In addition to that, we may decide to create a “theme song” for our Mid-winter retreat! If there’s time we can add some movement and turn our song into a musical number that we can perform at the talent show!


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