March 13, 2021

UNDERSTANDING & REIMAGINING POP MUSIC PRODUCTION

In this workshop, composer/producer/remixer Alex Marlowe walks us through principles and concepts in modern pop production to teach us how to approach our own songs. We examine "drivers license," the Olivia Rodrigo hit, and begin to reimagine parts and more
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March 02, 2021

ALL ABOUT VOCAL PRODUCTION, with the Grammy-Winning/Multi-Platinum Production Trio THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

ALL ABOUT VOCAL PRODUCTION, with the Grammy-Winning/Multi-Platinum Production Trio THE HEAVYWEIGHTS:   WANT TO STUDY WITH THE HEAVYWEIGHTS? Their fully-interactive Vocal Production Masterclass takes place over Zoom (and on-demand) Sunday 3/21/21, 1-4pm PST. Learn more or enroll: More about The Heavyweights: Jack Kugell, Jamie Jones and Matt Wong, are songwriters/producers collectively known as The Heavyweights.  The GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum production team has delivered hit songs to amass collective sales of over 35 million units.  Their work has most-recently been featured in...
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February 04, 2021

ARRANGING, PRODUCTION, & KILLER KEYBOARD PARTS, with Alex Marlowe

What makes for a great production? A strong arrangement of a compelling song. Learn the FIVE TYPES OF BALANCE in this workshop from The Songwriting School as a means to improve your arrangements, parts, and productions. And learn approaches to creating killer keyboard parts in those arrangements.
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January 20, 2021

HOW TO LICENSE YOUR SONGS IN TV & FILM, with Erin Dillon and Karen Dezelle of Songtradr

A "sync license" allows the synchronization of a song with an accompanying media source, like a tv show, film, commercial, web content, or more. For songwriters, sync licensing can provide both valuable revenue streams and significant public outlets for our work. The Songwriting School is grateful to welcome Erin Dillon, a former music supervisor who is now Director of Music Curation for Songtradr, and Karen Dezelle, singer/songwriter with multiple placements who is a previous Songwriting School student and current Curator and...
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January 15, 2021

HOW TO WRITE BETTER LYRICS, with Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler

Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler and The Roots songwriting instructor Rob Seals explore HOW TO WRITE YOUR BEST LYRICS in this 90-minute Zoom event that includes song analysis, QnA, and insights from Mark about voice, rhyme, style, being "too smart for your own good," and how to truly know your best work. Watch the full workshop, below. The Songwriting School is honored to have Mark Winkler teaching two classes, fully interactive over Zoom: Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics and the more advance...
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January 01, 2021

HOW TO WRITE FOR MUSICAL THEATER, with Bob Garrett

Raise the stakes, rewrite, find trusted collaborators, and join a community who will push, challenge, and affirm you. These are just some of the insights from the lively conversation with Bob Garrett on How to Write for Musical Theater at The Songwriting School.
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December 21, 2020

HARMONIZING 101 HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: ARRANGE & SING 3-PART HARMONY, with Allie Moss & Bess Rogers

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Allie Moss & Bess Rogers are accomplished singers, songwriters, recording artists, and members of Ingrid Michaelson's band. They make their living creating and singing beautiful harmonies. In this open Zoom workshop, they’ll take a harmony-rich Holiday song and break it down, isolating each vocal part for you to hear. In the 90-minute fully interactive workshop, go deeper into arranging, learning, and singing 3-part harmonies. Want to study with Allie & Bess? Their wonderful 8-week class Harmonizing 101 has live and...
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October 13, 2020

5 THINGS SONGWRITERS DO TO MESS UP THEIR SONGS--AND HOW TO FIX THEM, with Platinum Writer Mark Winkler

What are 5 Things Songwriters Do to Mess Up Their Songs, and how can we fix them? Platinum Writer Mark Winkler sits down with Rob Seals, instructor of THE ROOTS songwriting class, to discuss just that. Watch the full video below, and grab the PDF handout as well. Mark's class Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics  is enrolling. Click to learn more or enroll. Tuition reduced for early enrollment. Mark Winkler is again leading a song feedback setting, The Masters' Workshop, Thursdays at 7pm Pacific on Zoom. ...
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October 07, 2020

MAKING A DEFINING RECORD, with PRODUCER JOHN ALAGIA

The Songwriting School was honored to welcome producer/songwriter/mix engineer John Alagia, whose skill and integrity helped artists like Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Lukas Nelson, Rachael Yamagata, Mandy Moore, and so many others make defining records. He spoke with his old friend Rob Seals (The Roots songwriting class instructor)  over Zoom while visiting his hometown of Louisville, KY in a thoughtful and inspiring conversation about Making a Defining Record.  WATCH THE CONVERSATION WITH PRODUCER JOHN ALAGIA   INTERESTED IN EXPANDING YOUR...
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October 07, 2020

MATT SCANNELL of VERTICAL HORIZON on The Art of the Song

WATCH THE CONVERSATION WITH MATT SCANNELL How many times has a song come to you in a dream and you were sure you'd remember it, so you rolled over and went back to sleep--only to wake to find it gone with the morning light? When that happened to my friend Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon, he got up. He got the song down. That song, "Everything You Want," became the #1 song on the Billboard charts the following Summer. It...
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