Hit Songwriting


Hit Songwriting

Hit Songwriting Classes in New York

Being a successful songwriter in today’s ultra competitive music business takes more than slick melodies and dope beats. It takes heart, it takes faith, and most importantly it takes love; your love for music. Learn from an industry pro that is constantly on the front lines of professional songwriting, collaboration and song pitching. Become armed with truth, knowledge and industry secrets, while sharpening your songwriting skills and craft. The goal of this course is to not only make you a better songwriter, but to strengthen your mental and physical abilities in order to reach the apex of musical acclaim. In addition, students will be invited to share their own music, be critiqued and assisted on improving their works and also partake in a collaborative songwriting session. This course will also include a guest speaker(s) to provide even further real world experience and insight.

101

Songwriting Fundamentals

  • A look at past famed hit makers and an up close look at today’s top music makers
  • What makes a hit a hit in 2017?
  • What makes a timeless melody?
  • How do you come up with a “killer line?”
  • What is anaphora, alliteration and other “ear worm” secrets to lyric and melody writing?
  • What’s the difference between a song and a hit? A classic?
  • The beauty of a crossover

The Secrets to making a great Demo

  • Selecting the perfect vocalist
  • The power of the remix
  • Don’t waste your money
  • Simplicity is bliss

Placement and Politics

  • It’s more than just the music, an inside perspective on how to get your songs placed and heard
  • What is the present state of A&R?
  • How do I get my songs cut and placed?
  • What makes a songwriter “hot?”
  • Dirty little secrets of song placement

201

The Forum is Yours

  • Share your songs with the class
  • Share your tips and tricks
  • What are your favorite hit songs? And why?
  • Write a song with class and instructor, maybe even a HIT!

Why You’re Important

  • Songwriting isn’t thinking
  • Don’t get caught in the loop
  • The importance of mental and physical conditioning
  • Daily regimen is everything

Today’s prices

Schedules in red or black correspond to the info in the key just below. They change often, particularly close to the start date, so if you see a schedule in red that you like, grab it now before it goes back to full price! There’s a further $100 off for each extra studio course (like Mixing or Logic) you book too! 201 can’t be booked without previous completion of 101.

Key

101: $699 | 201: $699 | Both: $1199 if booked, paid, and taken together

101: $599 | 201: $599 | Both: $999 if booked, paid, and taken together

Schedules

Tuesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30 | FULLY BOOKED

101: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7. 201: February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Sundays | 11 – 6

101: April 2, 9, 16. 201: April 23, 30, May 7

Spring School | 11 – 6

101: April 17, 18, 19. 201: April 20, 21, 22

Thursday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

101: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3. 201: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14

Summer School | 11 – 6

101: August 28, 29, 30. 201: 31, September 1, 2

Monday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

101: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23. 201: October 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11

Saturdays | 11 – 6

101: September 30, October 7, 14. 201: 21, 28, November 4

Winter School | 11 – 6

101: December 18, 19, 20. 201: 21, 22, 23

2018: Same schedule

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