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 meaing accessible, direct, powerful and therefore capable of commercial success, in any genre.
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VIDEO RESOURCES & CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Platinum-selling lyricist Mark Winkler spoke at this open event on Mastery in October 2016. Here is a five minute highlight:
Here is the full event, appearing with hit writer Dillon O'Brian (Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Vince Gill) and music business instructor Gaelen Whittemore:
Here is Mark Winkler's appearance with vocal coach Michael Goodrich on how you begin to Own Your Voice as a Writer:
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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