January 13, 2022


WATCH THIS OPEN REVIEW SESSION AND WORKSHOP Keyboard Skills for Producers & Songwriters - Level 2  (please click to view the syllabus) LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CLASS, OR ENROLL:
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December 27, 2021


You know the ones--the hard to hit, bring the house down notes! Katie Riggs knows how to hit them, and she's here to show you. In this free Zoom workshop held on 12/26/21 with 100 singers present, Katie explains how a singer accomplishes a "mix" and then works with a few volunteers to address challenges.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katie Riggs grew up at the knee of arguably the most distinguished and successful voice teacher in the business, her...
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September 22, 2021


GET YOUR MUSIC DISCOVERED... Playlisting and advertising: necessary marriage or contradiction? Learn about the current state of new music discovery in this video archive of a talk at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles with artist manager/CEO Gaelen Whittemore. Study with Gaelen in the Your Modern Mindset Music Business Intensive. Watch the Intensive online, either in your browser or in the app.  His Zoom Masterclasses on How to Build Your Brand, Building Your Release Calendar, and Revenue Models & Intellectual Property  are...
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August 04, 2021

5 Questions to Ask as Performer or Composer of the Song

When hit writer Bob Garrett is advising a performer, an actor, or a songwriter, there are five essential questions he has them ask and answer in order to make the song as strong as it can be. Watch this 60 second clip: Or to watch the whole conversation: Bob Garrett is the rare mentor who has "done it all." Hit songwriter, Broadway Star, Motown staff writer, advisor to musicals like The Color Purple, author of multiple shows, vocal coach to the...
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July 27, 2021

WRITING FOR MUSICAL THEATER, How an Idea Becomes More, 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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July 13, 2021

ARE LYRICS IMPORTANT? A Conversation with Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler

Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler sat down with ROOTS songwriting instructor Rob Seals for a free Zoom conversation to discuss if and how lyrics really matter in songs. They examine a few songs, field questions from attendees, and engage in a conversation about how to create our best work. Mark Winkler is again leading a song feedback setting, The Masters' Workshop, Thursdays at 7pm Pacific on Zoom.  Mark's beloved lyric writing class, WRITING COMMERCIAL HIT LYRICS meets for 8 wks. >  Not enrolled yet? Learn more or enroll here. WATCH THE FULL VIDEO, BELOW--SCROLL DOWN TO...
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April 20, 2021

How to Workshop Your Songs--and Why You Should!

  "One of the best ways to grow as a songwriter is to get feedback on your work from a trusted gatekeeper," says Platinum Lyricist Mark Winkler. And Mark ought to know. He remembers the first critique a publisher gave him--and how it motivated him to study with a mentor and hone his craft. Now countless cuts as a songwriter, charting albums as an artist, and a record-breaking off-Broadway show later, Mark has provided that mentorship and gatekeeping for so many emerging...
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March 19, 2021

THE ART OF AMAZING PERFORMANCE: How to Get Out of Your Head and Into the Zone

Vocal Performance Coach Joy Graysen teaches you How to Get Out of Your Head and Into the Zone in this Zoom workshop. Watch the video here: Joy's empowering 6-wk course The Art of Amazing Performance meets interactively over Zoom, Saturdays 3-6pm Pacific. Join us as our GUEST for Class 1, SAT 3/20, 3pm PST. To join us for that open class 1, GO HERE. For more about the full course or to enroll:  
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March 13, 2021


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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