December 21, 2020


Thank you so much for your part in this creative community!The world needs songwriters more now than ever. Songwriters have the capacity to imagine, the patience to notice, the empathy to perceive, and the artfulness to craft all of that into something memorable to hand back to the tribe. Here's wishing you continued courage and joy in that process. May you find here at The Songwriting School treasured collaborators, allies, mentors, and champions to support you in your important work....
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November 14, 2018

ATTORNEY BEN McLANE - Music Business in Ten Easy Lessons

Respected Music Attorney Ben McLane returned to The Songwriting School in October 2018 for Episode 7 of In Writing: Conversations on the Music Business, In this open forum, Ben presented topics from his brand new book Music Business in Ten Easy Lessons, and fielded questions from the audience. Mr. McLane has been involved in deals of more than 100 Top 10 Songs and Albums. If you have a question, he has an answer. Visit his websit: Check out Ben's book on Amazon Music...
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July 10, 2018

Learn The Art of Performance and Free the 'You' Inside

Watch vocal performance coach Joy Graysen in The Art of Performance: Freeing the 'You' Inside, as she leads you on an exploration of your own greatness and how to get there. In this open event, she explores some of the concepts that make that growth possible, as singers and as creative people.  There are TWO spots available in her SUMMER vocal performance class The Art of Performance, Wednesday nights starting 7/25 Joy Graysen is also available for PRIVATE LESSONS and offers free additional lessons when her students...
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July 07, 2018

YOU GOTTA LOVE MUSIC: Full Interview with Grammy-Winning Producer Bob Cutarella

As producer, Bob Cutarella has shaped records for some of the most iconic artists in our industry. As publisher or manager, his gift for matching artists and songs led to cuts with still more icons. As a developer of young talent, he workshopped emerging songwriters at The Songwriters Hall of Fame in NY for a decade. Watch this personal interview as Bob reflects on the love and tenacity required to make a life and a living in music.
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November 15, 2017

BOOK of RHYMES: Romane Armand and The Art of Rhyming - Full Video

The Songwriting School welcomed Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Continuous Freestyle Rap (24+ hours!) and author Romane Armand on Monday, November 13 for a night of rhyme. In his new rhyming dictionary, Book of Rhymes: A Laxative for Creative Constipation, Armand delivers the family-rhyming fruits of 14 years of creative labor, a paperback device for breaking through blocks. Armand explained that his love of rhymes is nearly as old as he is. As a child he struggled in school....
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February 19, 2017

The Grammys and The Songwriting School: Winners and Nominees in Our Community

THE GRAMMYS & THE SONGWRITING SCHOOL THE ROOTS songwriting student and Megadeath lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro (picture above, second from left) took home the Grammy for Metal Album of the Year! His brilliantly talented wife, Maria Ilmoniemi, is a ROOTS and Songmakers alum as well.ROOTS and Music Theory alum Dan Konopka's band OK GO lost the Best Video Grammy to Beyonce. Man, if we had a dime for every Grammy our students lost to Beyonce...The Professional Singer-Songwriter instructor and accomplished indie artist Nikhil...
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October 07, 2016


CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FALL CLASSES FROM OUR GUESTS     The Songwriting School of Los Angeles was honored to host two nights of discussions on the topic of Mastery. Watch the full video of each night below.  ALL ABOUT MASTERY, NIGHT 1 - 10/3/16: PAUL ZOLLO, PHIL CODY, MICHAEL SHERWOOD, JOY GRAYSEN Our guests on Night 1 included Phil Cody: 2-Time ASCAP Song of the Year Award Winner/#1 Writer, The Masters' Workshop Paul Zollo: Respected Author,...
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September 18, 2016

Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE - Interviews by Paul Zollo Notification List Sign-Up

Want to be invited when Paul Zollo interviews an iconic songwriter like Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Jeff Barry or Chip Taylor, Grammy- & Oscar-Nominated Stephen Bishop, the great Neil Sedaka, or Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Member Mike Love? We do too! Sign up below to attend in person, tune in live online, or watch the archives. Note: Enter your e-mail address in the space provided and press ENTER or RETURN on  your device. Your address will be...
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August 30, 2016

"It's Gotta Give Me the Chills" - Songwriters Hall of Famer Chip Taylor Video

How do you know when a song idea is worth pursuing? "It's gotta give me the chills," remarks Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 Inductee Chip Taylor without a moment of hesitation. He recounts how he has learned to trust what moves him in this inspiring and fascinating conversation and performance with Paul Zollo as part of Songwriters on Songwriting, LIVE - Interviews by Paul Zollo. Chip Taylor is perhaps best known for writing the iconic "Wild Thing" as well as the...
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July 12, 2016


Watch our SUMMER KICK-OFF Event: ABOUT OUR FEATURED GUESTS: The Songwriting School of Los Angeles kicked off the Summer 2016 on Monday, July 11 with a thought-provoking night on the craft, performance, and business of singer-songwriters. Special guests (click the name to learn about the class each is teaching this Summer): Phil Cody, 2-Time ASCAP Song of the Year Award Winner/ #1 Writer (teaching Lyrics with Phil Cody, starting M 7/18 - offered for the LAST TIME!) Gaelen Whittemore, artist manager & publishing/licensing for...
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