Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics, with Platinum-Writer Mark Winkler - Returns SUMMER 2019; Advanced-Only Section Available Winter 2019

NOTE: The regular, beloved version of Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics is next offered SUMMER 2019.

There is an ADVANCED version of his class for GRADUATES OF MARK WINKLER'S Writing Commercial Hit Lyrics class, as well as more experienced lyricists and songwriters. Online also, Winter 2019.

Not sure which is right for you? Contact us. There is also an option to take the Intro Version online and join the Advanced section in time for Winter 2019. Please inquire.

Mark Winkler has been teaching a much-respected lyric writing class at UCLA Extension for 8 years.  He uses a series of essential principles, his "Top Ten Tips for Successful Commercial Lyrics," has a series of actionable exercises, and holds students accountable for their work in an inspiring, informative, supportive, positive class setting both IN and out of class. The title of this class does not mean "Pop" music per se; think of "commercial" as meaning accessible, direct, powerful and therefore capable of commercial success, in any genre. 


Platinum-selling lyricist Mark Winkler spoke
at this open event on Mastery. Here is a five minute highlight:



Course Eligibility:  Open to lyricists and songwriters of all abilities.  You are likely to get the most out of the class if you have already taken THE ROOTS, our foundational course for song study, but this is not a requirement.

Format for Online Class: Class will take place on-campus and be broadcast in real-time for class members. If you want in-class feedback on your homework, there will be submission guides and weekly deadlines. There will be opportunity for feedback outside of class as well.  The archive of each week's class will be available "on-demand" 24-hrs after the real-time class so that students in any time zone or with any set of commitments might still participate in the class weekly. Previous online class members have been here in LA with impossible commutes, in Canada, the UK, South Africa, Australia, and elsewhere. Welcome to this vibrant creative community, wherever you are.

Class Schedule Notes: There will be no class on Halloween night (M 10/31), and there are no classes at The Songwriting School the week of the American Thanksgiving (M 11/21).


About the Instructor:

Mark Winkler is a Platinum award winning songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by everyone from Liza Minnelli and Randy Crawford to Dianne Reeves, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga. He has written 5 musicals that are playing around the country, including the second longest running show in Off Broadway history “Naked Boys Singing”. He is a jazz recording artist whose last two CDs have been high on the Jazz Charts; receiving excellent reviews. His 2011 release “Sweet Spot” was named one of the top 5 CDs of the year by Jazz Times Magazine. He teaches lyric writing privately and at UCLA Extension.  And in 2013  he has co-produced the chart topping CD by Jazz and Blues Legend Barbara Morrison “A Sunday Kind of Love.”



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