Co-Writing Songs: The Art & Business of Collaboration - SPRING 2017 Starts Th 6/1

This hands-on class will teach you the artistry and business of co-writing in a professional, real-world setting.  Under the tutelage of former Motown Staff Writer Alan Roy Scott, this "sandbox" of a class fosters learning by doing. After the first hour's conversation on various real-world aspects of the business of collaboration, the last part of class involves writing on a different assignment with different collaborators, each week. In Week 5 or 6 the class writes for and with either some of LA's most talented Up-and-Comers or established Hit Writers.

As one recent alum remarked: "I come each week empty-handed and leave with a song.  Magic!"  Cheers to that.



This program is especially for me if you. . .

  • have always wanted to co-write but have never tried before
  • would like a safe, professional setting in which to work with a number of different writers
  • would love a real-world opportunity to write with and for emerging artists who are special guests
  • feel confident in my own writing and want an opportunity to grow and improve
  • am feeling stuck in my own work and could use a jump-start of creativity
  • have been hoping to network and collaborate but have not found like-minded people
  • want a positive, respectful, and  constructive arena to find potential collaborators
  • want to learn the professional aspects of the business of collaboration
  • want real-world assignments (members of the summer session placed their co-write on a visiting artist's record!)
  • realize that many of your favorite songs were written not by a single writer but by co-writing teams and now want to become part of a productive, successful creative collaboration

You will explore different concepts, techniques, and skills of songwriting in each class and then tackle specific exercises and assignments with co-writing partners. You will have the chance to collaborate with many different writers as you search for positive and successful creative relationships you’ll want to maintain outside of class.

You will write songs every week. Class time will be devoted to writing, collaborating, critiquing songs, and receiving feedback from the instructor and special industry guests.

About the Instructor:
Taught by Alan Roy Scott.   Among the many artists who have recorded this former Motown Staff Writer's songs songs are Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Roberta Flack, The Allman Brothers, Sheena Easton, The Neville Brothers, Pat Benatar, Patti LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters, Rick Springfield and Johnny Mathis.

His TV/Film credits include songs used in First Wives Club, Top Gun, Coming To America, Karate Kid II, Fame (TV show), Rags To Riches, Santa Barbara, As The World Turns and Beverly Hills 90210, among others.

In previous semesters, class members have had the opportunity to write with multiple Hit Writers, Grammy Nominees, and up and coming artists.  They have met with film & tv music supervisors and written assignments for film, tv, and commercial.  They have met with Musical Theater directors and written to assignment.  And they have collaborated with new partners weekly, generating a new song each week with different collaborators, to different real-world style assignments.

 


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