May 27, 2024

CLASS 1 of THE COUNTRY SONGWRITING MANUAL, with #1 Writer Rick Beresford

WATCH CLASS 1 AS OUR GUEST: Below, watch class 1 as our GUEST. Below the video you can see some sample materials like the hit song analysis work you'll do with Rick in class. BONUS HANDOUTS FOR CLASS 1 (note, handouts open in a new window; if yours don't open, check your browser settings): Heart Like a Truck - Physical vs Emotional Rhythm & Rhyme Song Interest Chart Song Note Flow New and Old Heart Like a Truck - Lyric...
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May 22, 2024

From Scene to Song: Writing for Musical Theater

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. In this brief conversation, Bob and Songwriting School student and accomplished writer Richard Castle, we discuss "the Book"--the story of a musical theater production, and the interplay of scene and song. We also talk about strategies to write and rewrite and how to finish(!) a full...
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May 20, 2024


WATCH CLASS 1 as our GUEST Still space available to join the fully-interactive class (or to take it on-demand), 8 meetings total. Live, fully-interactive in real time AND archives available on-demand. Any class you must miss you may still submit homework for feedback. Watch class 1 below, in two parts. We resume with Class 2 on Sunday 6/2, 3pm PT live over Zoom and on-demand. LEARN MORE OR ENROLL IN THE CLASS:   Who knows better than the writer how their...
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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


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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January 31, 2023


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 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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