February 26, 2024

WINTER/SPRING 2024: THE MAGIC of the STUDIO, with TWO GRAMMY WINNERS

Watch Pharrell’s Guitar Player, Grammy Winning Songwriter/Producer/Guitarist Brent Paschke, and Grammy Winning credited Songwriter Nikhil Korula for a night of talking about what makes for great songs and great records and the Magic of the Studio. Watch this conversation from late February 2024 from historic Enterprise Recording Studios, the new home of The Songwriting School and the site of this in-studio 8-meeting class. The two are team-teaching a class where you'll co-write a song and record a full production in a professional recording studio, over 7...
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February 25, 2024

MUSICAL THEATER in 2024: How to Write Your Musical, with Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett was a Broadway star, a hit writer, a Motown staff writer, and vocal coach to the stars (Katy Perry, Jessica Lange...). He has advised on countless musicals (The Color Purple, etc) and has co-written his own, in development. Learn from Bob and some recent graduates of his class about the journey of figuring out when an idea might be bigger than just one song, and how to grow that idea into an entire show. Bob Garrett is the rare mentor who has "done...
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December 20, 2023

PLACING SONGS IN TV & FILM, with Music Supervisor LINDSAY WOLFINGTON

Lindsay Wolfington is a multiple winner of the Guild of Music Supervisors Award and Emmy-Nominated for Outstanding Supervision. Her extensive credits include the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy of movies and Monster High, as well as popular shows like Virgin River, The Royals, One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer, Atypical, the CW's Sullivan's Crossing and more. For her exemplary work and leadership, she was recently elected President of The Guild.   Watch this 90-minutes conversation with The ROOTS songwriting instructor...
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March 04, 2023

THE VOICE LAB, with Vocal Coach to the Stars Bob Garrett

  Bob Garrett has coached pop stars like Katy Perry, Big Time Rush, and multiple seasons of American Idol—and he has coached actors like Elle Fanning, Drew Barrymore, Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman, and Jessica Lange in on-camera singing roles. We have him for this free workshop of coaching, advice, and vocal technique and performance work, in advance of the start of his 8-wk in-person and online vocal technique & vocal performance class THE VOICE LAB at The Songwriting School! WATCH THE WORKSHOP WITH BOB GARRETT: ENROLL TO STUDY IN-PERSON or ONLINE:...
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February 18, 2023

HOW TO WRITE FOR RADIO, with #1 Country Writer Rick Beresford

Rick Beresford is a #1 Country Writer. Many of Rick's students have gone on to be #1 writers (like Jon Nite). Join him for this free zoom workshop and learn the importance of radio in 2023 and How to Write for Radio.Rick teaches a fantastic songwriting and song workshopping class called The Country Songwriting Manual, online over zoom with full replays available for class members privately. Class meets 8 Sundays--AND 6 additional Saturdays for song critiques--1-3pm PT both days. That's up to 14 chances to learn with and from...
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February 17, 2023

MAKE SONGS STRONGER: Workshopping Songs

Watch this powerful, informative, and entertaining Workshop all about making songs even stronger, with Nikhil Korula and Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler at The Songwriting School, moderated by Rob Seals--with special performances from Songwriting School students Amy Vandivort, Sam Franks, and Tori Thomas. WATCH THE FULL EVENT: WANT TO STUDY WITH MARK WINKLER, NIKHIL KORULA, or ROB SEALS:
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January 31, 2023

A SONG IS LIKE A HOUSE: MAKE SONGS STRONGER, with Mark Winkler

Platinum Lyricist and charting jazz artist Mark Winkler has written in his forthcoming book on the craft of songwriting that "A Song is Like a House."

Learn how a song is like a house and how to build strong ones in this informative and thought-provoking conversation with Mark, songwriter/producer and The ROOTS songwriting instructor Rob Seals, and many of our community. 


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October 30, 2022

THE SONG YOU WISH YOU WROTE - with The Performing Songwriter Class

WHAT IS THE SONG YOU WISH YOU WROTE? This is the question Nikhil Korula posed to The Performing Songwriter class in advance of their first meeting for this 8-wk course, in-person and online. Our answer to this question reveals so much about us as songwriters: where we are, what we value, what we seek. It illuminates aesthetic choices and grants us artistic permissions. It sets a high bar we might reach toward in our art. And it provides a glimpse into how we...
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October 19, 2022

Ask Dua Lipa's Vocal Coach Anything! QnA with Katie Riggs & Miguel Manzo

Join Katie Riggs & Miguel Manzo as our GUEST in a free workshop where attendees asked Dua Lipa's Vocal Coach Anything about the voice! Tips, insights, advice, guidance from one of the most in-demand voice pros in the music industry.  Katie & Miguel are teaching an interactive 2-hr Masterclass on SAT 10/22, 2-4pm PT, with full video, audio exercises, and supplementary materials available on-demand as well. GO HERE to enroll in the interactive Masterclass on SAT 10/22, 2-4pm PT and on-demand, either as...
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October 14, 2022

ALL ABOUT SYNC LICENSING, with Alex Nickson, Senior VP of Television Music at DreamWorks Animation

As senior vice president of television music for DreamWorks Animation, Alex Nickson oversees the musical creative direction for the studio’s rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including more than 20 shows and content for Netflix, Apple TV+, Peacock, Amazon, Hulu and other leading broadcasters around the world. Some of the most recent series include Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, Gabby’s Dollhouse, The Croods: Family Tree, and Madagascar: A Little Wild. Under her guidance, DreamWorks series have received multiple Emmy nominations, including a win for Best Original...
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