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We will look at bands and songwriters of your interest and discuss the ways they construct their songs. I will teach you about music theory in order to extend your songwriting vocabulary. You will learn about chord structures, rhythmic structures, and various ways to keep a song interesting. We will also explore different ways to highlight the lyrics, making sure the text and the music is working together.
Lyric writing, melody writing, overcoming writer's block, how to bring out your inspiration, using music theory to enhance your writing, stream of consciousness exercises, common chord progressions, diatonic and chromatic writing, copyrighting, starting a publishing co.
How to harmonize a melody, top lining, writing grooves, arranging your songs.
I can teach students a great deal about melody development and chord progression selection. I typically have a very theoretical approach to songwriting but love to reinforce it with a much less technical approach to help create more organic and natural sounding songs.
My love for pop music is as old as my first memory. Which, although a little fuzzy, I’m pretty sure was when I was 4, dancing around the living room to Pinball Wizard by The Who. Deeply connecting with a song on first and subsequent listenings is something I still find magical and inspiring about pop songs, and it’s an experience I strive to give any audience as a songwriter. From Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Abba, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode to Broadway veterans Cole Porter, Rogers, Hammerstein, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondhiem, my greatest influences and musical stylings span the genres of pop/rock, broadway, alternative/indie, and electronic. Creating and assembling all the elements and making a pop song is kind of like designing an amusement park ride. Emotion, instrumentation, rhythm, lyrics and melody coalesce into a 3 1/2 minute solar system of sound and story.
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