Pro Teacher: Ellen Britton - "DOs & DON'Ts of Melody Writing" | In-Person + Streaming Online

Weekly Nashville Workshops

Tue, 06/04/2024 - 5:45pm



LOCATION: 1710 Roy Acuff Pl. Nashville, TN 37203

TIME: Doors will open at 5:15pm CT / Event will begin at 5:45pm CT


If you are unable to attend this workshop in person, please note that it will be available for live streaming and uploaded to our Content Library for later viewing. 




ELLEN BRITTON is a veteran musician with decades of performing, writing, recording, and teaching experience. The daughter of well-known Philadelphia area folksinger George Britton, Ellen grew up with a guitar in her hands, and as a teenager played the club and college circuit as half of blues/folk duo the Britton Sisters.

A move to Nashville in 1991 led to staff songwriter gigs, frequent shows at the world-famous Bluebird Café, touring with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell, Tanya Tucker, and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Today Show.

Delighting audiences with her soulful singing, romping guitar playing, and winning humor, Ellen has brought her original songs and love of performing to venues across the country, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Swallow at the Hollow in Atlanta, as well as a benefit concert with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. She is also part of female vocal foursome Queen of Hearts, whose butt-kicking harmonies and hilarious wit have been charming crowds since 1999, from the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City to regular sold out shows at the Bluebird Café.

Ellen’s work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has included recording artists Little Big Town (“Pontoon”), Carly Pearce ("Every Little Thing"), Tenille Townes (“Somebody’s Daughter”), Maggie Rose ("I Ain't Your Mama"), Jimmy Wayne (“Do You Believe Me Now?”), JD Souther ("Her Town Too"; ABC's Nashville), and Pam Tillis (“Spilled Perfume”); hit songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon”/Little Big Town), Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), Tom Douglas (“House That Built Me”/Miranda Lambert), Brandy Clark ("Mama's Broken Heart"/Miranda Lambert), Jamie Lynn Spears (“I Got the Boy”/Jana Kramer), Jennifer Hanson (“Leave the Pieces”/Wreckers), Jenn Schott (“Two Lanes to Freedom”/Tim McGraw), Tyler Hayes ("Bring It on Home"/Little Big Town), Dennis Matkosky (“You’ll Think of Me”/Keith Urban); and Music Row pros Jim Catino (Sony Music), Laura Stroud (Sony Music), as well as finalists on The Voice and American Idol.


*NSAI does not require you to wear a mask, but we encourage you to do what feels most comfortable.



NSAI non-members are permitted to observe two workshops prior to joining to experience what NSAI is about. If you have attended more than two workshops as a non-member, you will be asked to join NSAI as a member to fully benefit from membership and attend future events. 



Limited parking will be available in the NSAI parking lot. 

Additional parking is available on the street and in neighboring paid lots.