The Masters' Workshop: Feedback on Your Songs from 4 Master Songwriters - LATE SUMMER 2017 Join for M 8/21

In this essential workshop format class, receive feedback on your songs from 4 different Master Songwriters over the course of the Semester in this professional, respectful, peer-driven room.  The Masters for the SUMMER 2017 SESSION may include some of the following: #1 hit writer & 2-time ASCAP Song of the Year Award Winner Phil Cody, hit pop writer Maria Christensen (JLo's "Waiting for Tonight"), former Motown staff writer Alan Roy Scott, and writer/producer/musician Michael Sherwood (Michael Jackson's Thriller 25), #1 writer John Keller, #1 Writer/3-Time Grammy-Nominated Lois Blaisch, and more.

Format : The Masters' Workshop is a non-curricular setting designed to give you professional input on your songs and how to improve them, and to equip you with the critical understanding to participate in constructive discussions about those songs.  Members will have the chance to see each Master at least 3 times and may choose to bring revisions back or get different perspectives on lots of songs. There will be 1 or 2 Masters in the room each class meeting. Special Late Summer Session has 4 Meetings; Fall returns with 8 Meetings.

Why a Workshop Setting is Valuable: The feedback from the Masters is incisive, insightful, thoughtful, and informed by decades in the craft and business. But that's the icing on the cake. Here are just a few aspects that make this such an essential, professional setting:

  • it can be difficult to get objectivity about your own songs; you develop a fit critical muscle by offering thoughtful feedback on your peers' work; you bring that keen eye and ear home with you each week and aim them squarely at your own work
  • the accountability of a weekly setting will have you showing up prepared
  • you get to decide how you will use the room: you might choose to generate a new song each week; you might bring existing songs in each week to vet before a recording project; you could bring the same song a few times, presenting revisions; you might do a hybrid of any of these strategies to best serve you on your path, right now
  • not only is the conversation about the songs empowering, but the conversation of styles in the room pays creative dividends for each writer
  • you will expand your network to a trusted room of fellow songwriters
  • you will benefit from the weekly mentorship of true Masters of the craft

Limited to 10 songwriters. We will sell out in advance so please reserve your spot early. We look forward to welcoming you to this invaluable, community-building, professional songwriting experience. 

Eligibility:  There is no audition requirement for this class, but songwriters MUST be graduates of THE ROOTS, our foundational course for song study, or receive special permission.  Class is limited to 10 songwriters. More experienced writers who are concurrently enrolled in THE ROOTS may be considered for the term of The Masters' Workshop.

What if I am a talented songwriter and I am not interested in taking THE ROOTS--can I still enroll in this class?  While we describe it as our "foundational course for songwriting study," THE ROOTS is not a beginning songwriting course per se. Many students do write their first song in the class.  Alums have also included a Grammy- and Oscar-nominated songwriter, a few Billboard charting artists, numerous current or former major label acts, songwriters with substantial placements in film, television, and commercials, working actors and actresses, America's Top Model, accomplished playwrights and screenwriters, session singers, producers, and engineers, touring artists, and so much more.  A ROOTS alum is a 2014 Grammy nominated artist for Urban Contemporary Album of the Year. 

In addition to the skills and insights THE ROOTS imparts, the class provides writers of all genres and experience levels with a common vocabulary for analyzing songs and delivering insightful, respectful feedback.  In the positive, creative culture of The Songwriting School, this shared set of values and means of communicating combine with the remarkably diverse backgrounds, interests, and genres to yield a dynamic, open, encouraging, challenging, high-expectation sort of room of the utmost mutual respect.  Once you get in The Masters' Workshop, you can count on a high level of discourse about songs, a conversation led by a master to help everyone become better writers. 

So the long answer is this: the course is strongly encouraged, and a non-ROOTS student must demonstrate an understanding of craft that will allow him or her to be a benefit to and to benefit from the room. We seek first and foremost to put you in rooms that best serve you, ones which you will benefit from a be a benefit to. To discuss your candidacy, call 818-848-7664 or CONTACT US.

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