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Music Production for Songwriters, Level 1

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $499
  • Location Live Online

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  • $499
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What you'll learn in this music theory class:

We have revamped this essential class for this ONLINE-ONLY format to address directly the world you find yourself in: how to make great productions with your laptop, MIDI, your voice, your instruments, and a mic, in your space. Making the limitations become the strengths in your creative workflow. Study with an accomplished songwriter/producer/remixer who is composer for HBO/Max's top reality show and learn not only to create your own productions, but how to collaborate professionally in the digital or any other space.

Who knows better than the writer how their song should be produced? Gain the conceptual understanding of what makes for a powerful production and then begin to develop the skills to take matters into your own hands. You will learn to envision the entire production before you record a note--and then to create pre-production tracks for your project, or to take your tracks all the way toward a finished record. 

Develop confidence and understanding to create work you can believe in from either side of the glass AND learn to get what's in your head to come through your speakers. Get feedback on your own productions from an in-demand pro.

Some of the many topics to be covered in this class:

  • understanding production and arrangement concepts and elements
  • developing critical listening skills to perceive and imagine productions
  • the concept of PROSODY, in songwriting and in production
  • understanding the essential and unique relationship between the SONG and the PRODUCTION and learning the kinds of questions to ask in order to have the production honor the song and the artist
  • the concept of sonic windows and the melodic center of a song
  • the concept of arrangement density
  • the dimensions of the sonic canvas -- the stereo field, front to back, and top to bottom
  • timbre and emotion
  • production as interpretation and genre
  • Drum Tracks Creation
  • The Guide Track
  • Dynamics and Arrangement
  • Rhythm Guitar and keyboard parts
  • Lead Instruments
  • Background Vocals
  • The Lead Vocal
  • EQ Concepts and Techniques for Instruments and Vocals
  • Effects: Reverbs Delays Chorus Etc.
  • Using Compressors on Instruments and Vocals
  • Mixing approaches

The instructor will mainly be using LOGIC PRO & Ableton Live, but users of all digital audio workstation platforms are welcome, including beginners. The class is "platform agnostic": in other words, it's not how to produce in Logic, it's how to understand and build powerful productions in any tool.

What do I need? Some experience on a DAW (digital audio workstation, a recording platform like Garageband, Logic, Pro Tools, etc.) is recommended but not required. This class is designed to be your ENTRY to the world of music production--both understanding what is happening in productions you admire and to be able to make thoughtful choices for productions you are participating in.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

School Notes: For new students, there will be a $35 one-time registration fee, payable in person at the start of the class.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 2 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less 5% cancellation fee.
  • Students who cancel less than 2 business days prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.
In the event that an instructor or the school needs to cancel at the last minute, students will receive a refund less a 5% non-refundable registration fee.

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The Songwriting School of Los Angeles

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles™ exists to inspire, instruct, and empower you to create work of meaning and value through outstanding education, top-flight services, and a network of mentoring and support. We offer songwriting classes, private lessons in songwriting, guitar, piano, bass, drums,...

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