May 18, 2022

YOUR VOICE IS YOUR SUPERPOWER, with Vocal Performance Coach Joy Graysen

Watch vocal performance coach Joy Graysen in the archive of this Free Zoom Workshop at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles to get connected to your vocal Superpowers, let go of fear, and start becoming the amazing performer you were meant to be.
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May 10, 2022

THE ART OF THE SONG: Late Bloomin' Jazzman Mark Winkler's Stunning New Release

Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler has taught Commercial Hit Lyrics at The Songwriting School for more than a decade (his class returns this July!). As a songwriter he has countless cuts and authored the second-longest running Off-Broadway production of all time. As an artist, he continues to earn critical acclaim and a place on the charts. His latest release, Late Bloomin' Jazzman is no different. He sits down with The Roots songwriting instructor Rob Seals in this free Zoom conversation, with special guest Producer Barbara Brighton. Want to study...
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April 29, 2022

IN THE PRODUCER'S CHAIR, with SHELDON GOMBERG

The Songwriting School is proud to welcome Sheldon Gomberg! Sheldon has created so much enduringly beautiful music, as producer/engineer/mixer/session musician. He was one of the Producers of the 2014 Grammy-winning Blues Album of the Year (Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite's Get Up!), a record which he engineered and mixed entirely himself.

His production and engineering credits include some of the luminaries in Americana and singer/songwriter music...


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March 30, 2022

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

Lindsay Wolfington is a multiple winner of the Guild of Music Supervisors Award for Outstanding Supervision. Her extensive credits include the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy of movies, as well as popular shows like Virgin River, The Royals, One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer, Atypical, and more. Watch Class 1 of Placing Songs in TV, Commercials, & Film, a 9-meeting course at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, offered live over Zoom and on-demand. Those enrolled in the...
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March 22, 2022

BUILDING A CAREER CREATING & LICENSING MUSIC, with Matt Naylor

Learn from Matt Naylor of The Soundlings in this frank conversation all about the world of Sync Licensing: from co-writing and producing all the songs for an Emmy-Nominated Hulu and now Disney show to co-creating the music for popular video games; from crafting more than 1000 pieces of custom music to establishing a successful music library with a major publishing deal, to being the co-writer/producer of a unique artist project to his next collaboration, Matt Naylor does it all in Sync Licensing. ...
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February 08, 2022

HOW TO WRITE FOR MUSICAL THEATER, CLASS 1

WATCH CLASS 1 AS OUR GUEST: Note: During part of class, Bob Garrett asked students to share their idea for their show. Then after laying out a number of concepts and principles, Bob returned to each student to discuss how they might enact some of those ideas. Out of respect for their intellectual property, that part of the conversation is edited out.  What remains here, is 49 minutes of content-rich food for thought as you imagine how you might write your...
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February 04, 2022

STRIKING CREATIVE GOLD: CREATIVITY WORKSHOP, with #1 Country Songwriter Rick Beresford

Join #1 Nashville songwriter Rick Beresford for some valuable ways to mine and cultivate the richness of your creativity in this free zoom workshop, recorded January 29, 2022 in conversation with Roots songwriting instructor Rob Seals at The Songwriting School.Rick's beloved country songwriting and workshopping class The Country Songwriting Manual meets Sundays 1-3pm Pacific with additional, extensive private and small group song workshopping to give you feedback. Class runs 8 wks, live over Zoom and on-demand, with additional and extensive...
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January 28, 2022

MAKING MONEY, WRITING LYRICS, with Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler

Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler speaks with The Roots songwriting class instructor Rob Seals and gets under the hood for some essential techniques in successful commercial lyric writing. We analyze a few songs in the service of that study, and Mark offers some counsel for making money making music.  > Mark's beloved class Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics: learn more or enroll here at reduced tuition.  >  More advanced writer or a graduate of Mark's classes? Mark leads a weekly peer/pro song feedback room,The Masters'...
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January 22, 2022

High Notes, Vowel Shapes, Singing in Tune, Finding Your Key - Q&A with Vocal Coach Katie Riggs

Top LA Vocal Coach Katie Riggs spent 30 minutes answering questions from singers about how to hit high notes, how to shape and blend vowels, building mix voice, finding the right key for your song, singing in tune, and more.  Watch the conversation here: Katie Riggs has had great success teaching such clients as Dua Lipa, Ozzy Osbourne, Midland, Madison Beer, Amber Riley, Vampire Weekend, Brian Wilson, Saweetie, Heavenly Joy Jenkins and many many up and comers on the scene, including...
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January 15, 2022

THE COUNTRY SONGWRITING MANUAL, with #1 Writer Rick Beresford

Hit Nashville writer Rick Beresford returned to The Songwriting School in January 2022 to discuss what makes for memorable, impactful songwriting--and to explore two distinct current trends and styles in current country music. He is not only a #1 Country songwriter, he has taught students to become hit writers themselves (most recently Jon Nite, with multiple number ones this past year). Rick ran the Songwriting Department at Nashville's Belmont University for 25 years, and the Song School at the Kerrville Folk...
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