$ 499.00 $ 599.00
We have revamped this essential class for this ONLINE-ONLY format to address directly the world you find yourself in: how to make great productions with your laptop, MIDI, your voice, your instruments, and a mic, in your space. Making the limitations become the strengths in your creative workflow. Study with an accomplished songwriter/producer/remixer and learn not only to create your own productions, but how to collaborate professionally in the digital space.
Who knows better than the writer how their song should be produced? Gain the conceptual understanding of what makes for a powerful production and then begin to develop the skills to take matters into your own hands. You will learn to envision the entire production before you record a note--and then to create pre-production tracks for your project, or to take your tracks all the way toward a finished record. This course covers essential production skills for dialing in your sound and meets each class meeting in a professional recording studio, on-campus.
Develop confidence and understanding to create work you can believe in from either side of the glass AND learn to get what's in your head to come through your speakers. Get feedback on your own productions from an in-demand pro.
Who better to lead you on this journey than an accomplished songwriter/artist/producer?
Class meets SUNDAYS at 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern, 8 meetings total. Live, fully-interactive in real time AND archives available on-demand. Any class you must miss you may still submit homework for feedback.
CLASS AVAILABLE ONLINE and ON-DEMAND also, with small group video conferencing with the instructor in addition to all the on-demand materials.
READ MORE ABOUT THE FORMAT, and watch a great interview with previous instructor Bleu McAuley Below.
Some of the many topics to be covered in this class:
The instructor will mainly be using LOGIC PRO X, but users of all digital audio workstation platforms are welcome, including beginners. The class is "platform agnostic": in other words, it's not how to produce in Logic, it's how to understand and build powerful productions in any tool.
About the Instructor
Depending upon the season, the course may be taught by one of these remarkable songwriter/producers:
Alex Marlowe - Current Instructor (Spring-Fall 2020)
Alex Marlowe is a Composer/Producer, Keyboardist & Consultant based in Melbourne Australia and Southern California. Projects include music placed in the movies Hustlers, Why Him, Tag, Sisters, Dave and Mike Need Wedding Dates,The Judge, Step Up All In, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Step Up Revolution, The Big Year, The Blind Side, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Duma, work as a Music Consultant on Sony Pictures’ Total Recall (2012). Alex has earned a Platinum record for production work for Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs 'N Harmony), co-produced remixes for a variety of major label artists, composed for numerous TV projects aired on all the major networks, including Emmy-Nominated work for the NBC show Home Turf. Alex has collaborated with DJs Justin Michael, Andrew Macari, King Tech and Domino D, worked as an Arranger for Grammy-Nominated Artists John Lee Hooker Jr, and Craig Chaquico of Starship, and performed as a keyboardist, including on a world tour with Soul Legend Bobby Womack, as well as with Charles Wright, Brenton Wood, Brenda Holloway, among many other projects. As a Teacher and Consultant, Alex has worked with platinum songwriters, music editors, producers and composers, conducted lessons and courses in Music Production, Music Software, Synthesizer Programming, and Piano. He was the first instructor of this course at The Songwriting School, and we are thrilled to welcome him back.
Erik "Blu2th" Griggs (SPRING 2019)
Erik "Blu2th" Griggs, born in Ohio, raised in St. Louis MO, has been a musician as long as he can remember. He started playing the Piano as a toddler and never stopped. During college, he took up the Guitar and Bass. You've heard him play all three instruments on records from the Dreamgirls soundtrack to Omarion, Tyrese to K-Ci, Charlie Wilson to Jordin Sparks. He is co-producer/writer of the Boyz II Men single, "One Up for Love". On that song, he's playing almost all instruments, including Drums, which he picked up in 2009.
He is best known for his involvement in the song "No Air", with Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. On No Air, he's the principle writer and co-producer with The Underdogs. He has written with the likes of The Underdogs, Tim & Bob, and Babyface to name a few. In his first three years in the industry, his work earned him a People’s Choice award, a BMI Song of the Year award, and a Grammy nomination. (from his website, blu2th.net)
Bleu McAuley (Spring and Fall 2018)
Best known by his performing name, Bleu is an American pop artist (singer-songwriter), professional songwriter and producer currently living in Los Angeles. As a major label artist he released records on Columbia Records (Aware) and has written, recorded, and produced songs on major motion pictures like Spider Man and The Neverbeast, the latter of which he composed score and original songs including the title duet with K.T. Tunstall. He is currently published by Kobalt Publishing. He has had cuts with The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Michelle Branch, and more.
(from Wikipedia) Bleu graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with his solo work, he is the lead singer and songwriter of the Electric Light Orchestra-style power pop band L.E.O., as well as a founding member of the power pop trio The Major Labels with Mike Viola and Ducky Carlisle, and is also a founding member of the Mutt Lange homage super-group LoudLion (featuring Taylor Locke of Rooney, Allison Robertson of The Donnas, Maclaine Diemer formerly of Bang Camaro, etc.). Bleu has toured the United States and internationally with bands such as John Mayer, Puffy AmiYumi, Hanson, Guster, Rooney, Mike Viola, Switchfoot, Alexz Johnson, and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
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