Welcome to Music Compound’s Songwriting Series

Our Songwriting Series was inspired by our instructors and summer songwriters. Join us weekly for an inspiring and educational hour.

Songwriter Series

October 18th through January 17th

Weekly 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Music Compound

Limited to 5 artists. Inquire today.

Songwriting Series led by Iain. Join the next songwriting session. 

The Songwriting Series will be led by Iain Harris. Iain is a musician and has a BA in Literature. He will host the weekly one-hour writing session.

Weekly one-hour class open to artists of all ages with an interest in writing their own music.  The class will give artists the opportunity to write two to five songs, collaborate with others, and meet industry leaders. The class will be offered as a series from February thru April.  

Iain will invite key instructors to join classes for additional support and information. You can expect to work with Paul, Sabine, Taylor, and Aaron. Not only will you get lyrics onto paper but you will also learn about composition and theory. 

This workshop is part one of the series. Part one focuses on song structure, creation, and performance.  


Session Details

Dates: October 4th thru January 17th

Performance: January 20th

Instructor: Iain Harris (Sarasota) and Patrick Ensslin (Manatee)

Price: $150 per month

Songwriting Classes at Music Compound

When: Offered Tuesdays from 7 PM to 8 PM 

Studios: Sarasota (Cattlemen) and Manatee (SR64)

What to expect: 

  • Full understanding of Song Structure 
  • Basic knowledge of Chords for composition 
  • Write one or more songs
  • Collaborate with other artists 
  • Perform in our Singer/Songwriter Showcase in January

Register today! 




Songwriters to shine during Music Compound showcase – January 21st.

Check out the videos of artist.

SARASOTA, FL – In September of 2021, six intrepid students – two adults and four youths – embarked on their Songwriting Series adventure at area music school, Music Compound. The class members – including Music Compound owner Jenny Townsend, Daniel Jittu, Rhys Kallins, Gabrielle Kozel, Aimee Mongiovi and Cahan Raymond – will perform their original tunes during Music Compound’s monthly member concert on January 21st at 6 p.m.

Also performing during the concert will be seasoned songwriters who began their musical journeys at Music Compound: Luis Buenrostro, Kaitlyn Hornung and Jennifer Msumba.

The series was led by Music Compound instructor Iain Harris, a musician who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Literature, with other instructors joining classes for additional support and information. The participants dedicated themselves to weekly sessions that took them through the creative process and provided live performance tips as well as gave them the opportunity to collaborate and meet industry leaders. The goal of the showcase is to highlight the creative process of songwriting as well as recognize the growth of the students.

Townsend, who will be performing her original song “New Day,” was inspired to participate in the Songwriting Series as a challenge to herself to step out of her comfort zone.

Meet Iain