Graduates of this class have ranged from current and former Major Label talent to those writing their very first song; a Grammy- and Oscar-nominated songwriter to open mic regulars; those making their first EPs to a 2017 Grammy Winner and 2017 and 2014 Grammy Nominees; from an acclaimed screenwriter to America's Top Model. This mix of experience levels and passions makes for a dynamic and invested room of creative people. Everyone takes the principles to their depth, in their style.
In this positive, respectful, challenging class, build a strong foundation for a lifetime in your art and craft and the confidence and skills to create songs that matter.
In this class you will...
THAT ALL SOUNDS COOL, BUT WHY CALL IT "THE ROOTS"?
Is it because they're the greatest living band? Perhaps. And(!)...in songs, the notes your chords are built upon are called The Roots. Words have roots. The root carries meaning, and we attach prefix and suffix to give that meaning context. Pop culture may have taught you to think of "your roots" as your ancestry, your background, your unique personal history. You may make decisions in your life because of or, at times, in reaction to those roots. And from time to time you may feel the need to "pull up your roots" and enact change in your life. One look at the tree outside your window will remind you that to blossom, the roots must be planted and tended in fertile ground.
We believe that you can grow into the songwriter you hope to become if you first put down strong, healthy roots, deep in the creative soil of your experience. This class is dedicated to that powerful process. When you connect the meaning of words and the emotion of music with your growing understanding of who you are, as person and as songwriter, your style and your voice emerge.
This class is especially for you if you...
CLASS FORMAT for THE ROOTS ONLINE
Class involves a mix of video, audio, and extensive text with "in-class" exercises to be done in the moment, taking 5-20 minutes, as well as homework designed to deepen your understanding and fluency with the concepts of class and yield songs you can believe in.
In the full version of class you are entitled to optional weekly video chats in small groups, individual feedback on your work, and additional video resources. This most nearly approximates the beloved on-campus version of this in-demand, always sold out class.
The self-paced version gives you access to all the class materials, exercises, and assignments (video, audio, text), but does not give you weekly video check-ins and regular feedback on your work.
Questions? We'll connect you with the instructor to answer them! Fill out the CONTACT form with your questions, request to hear from the instructor, and we'll connect you.
When you complete this course of study you will not only have finished songs, you will have begun to formulate a personal, creative, and (if appropriate for you) professional plan of action for a fruitful life writing compelling songs.
The Songwriting School of Los Angeles recognizes and seeks to honor your unique needs. Whenever you are ready for the next step, we're ready to help you take it.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Rob Seals is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose work has appeared in feature and independent films, on ABC, CBS, ABC Family, E!, Bravo, MTV, VH-1, Oxygen, Fox, and an underpaying streaming service near you. He is the Founder of The Songwriting School of Los Angeles.
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