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Danny Arena

Danny Arena is a songwriter, composer and professional songwriting instructor. He holds degrees from Rutgers University in both computer science and music composition. He developed his songwriting workshops eight years ago at Billy Edd Wheeler's "Great Smokies Song Chase,” where he served as a songwriting faculty member. He is currently an Associate Professor at Volunteer State Community College in Nashville, a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University and a columnist for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Newswire and American Songwriter Magazine. Danny has been a guest lecturer at the Berklee School of Music, Belmont University and the NSAI Spring and Summer Symposiums. He is a regular songwriting instructor at the Nashville NSAI Workshop Pro Teaching series and the NSAI Song Camps. He has served as a judge in several national songwriting contests. Every spring he conducts his popular six-week songwriting "short courses" on Music Theory, Composing and the Nashville Number System. He currently is a full-time staff songwriter for Curb/Magnatone Music Publishing in Nashville and is also busy at work on developing his online songwriting courses. For more information visit his website at www.craftofsongwriting.com

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