WINTER 2019 CLASSES
To kick off 2019, we are offering Guitar for Singers and Songwriters on Monday nights in Denver and Songwriting with Justin Long on Wednesday nights in Denver. More info below.
This seven week course is designed to help singers and songwriters who are new to playing the guitar write songs or accompany their vocals in any style or key as quickly as possible. Using a carefully simplified system, we will be playing full songs in the very first class. This course will also provide a solid basis in music theory and guitar technique that will allow participants to take their music in any direction they choose in the future.
Are you writing songs, but feel a bit lost wondering if they’re good? Or you don’t know where to even start? This class will get you on your feet and writing songs right away. Learn how to identify song sections, song structures and arrangements; a song analysis method that will help you understand what makes great songs work; strategies to find ideas and themes for your own original songs; the basics of lyric writing; an easy music theory method to help you write chord progressions and spice up basic songs; how to write catchy melody lines; and how to jumpstart your creativity.
ALL 2019 CLASSES
|Winter Session||Jan 14-Feb 27 (7 weeks)||Guitar for Singers and Songwriters||Songwriting|
|Spring Session||Mar 4-Apr 24 (7 weeks*) *Week 4 is repeated in Week 5 for spring break||Music Business 101||Performance Workshop for Rock Singers||Music Theory 101|
|Summer Session 1||May 6 – Jun 26 (7 weeks), skipping the week of Memorial Day||Song Production for Singers||How to Start a Band||Music Theory 102|
|Summer Session 2||Jul 10 – Aug 14 (6 weeks)||Music Appreciation|
|Fall Session 1||Aug 19 – Oct 2 (7 weeks)||Music Business 101||Performance Workshop for Pop Singers||Songwriting|
|Fall Session 2||Oct 7 – Nov 20 (7 weeks)||Music Business 102||Performance Workshop for Singer-Songwriters||Music Theory 101|
Music Business 101 is a complete overview of how music artists make money. Focusing on the current state of the music business, we will discuss all of the possible ways music is produced, performed, promoted and distributed. From understanding the roles of artists, managers and record label executives to legal issues like copyright and publishing, this seven week course is designed to explain the business of music to both beginning and intermediate artists and their teams. More info soon.
Music Business 2 will focus on the details of releasing music and getting paid for it. The current state of the music business puts the artist in control of their own success. However, that means that artists need to have a strong strategy in place for releasing their music themselves or attracting the attention of record labels or managers. Subjects will include branding, social media planning, distribution channels and release options, and how to contact industry people for booking, promotion, and publicity. Students will also be guided through setting up all of the necessary accounts, from publishing to collect royalties to incorporating your music business. More info soon.
Live music performance is more than just singing your songs, it’s about creating a powerful emotional experience for the audience. While great stage performance can seem difficult to understand, the ideas and principles that make up “stagecraft” make it possible for anyone to become a powerful performer. In this class, singers will have a chance to perform every class in a warm, supportive environment while getting clear instruction in stagecraft. We will focus on relating to the audience, conquering nerves and unlocking your energy. Subjects will also include microphone technique, how to move on stage, and developing a performance style.
Music Theory often gets a bad reputation as being hard to understand and even harder to apply. While this course has a solid foundation in the traditional academic concepts, Music Theory 101 focuses on developing a vocabulary for the emotions we feel through music, using current musical examples. We will work on understanding how rhythm, keys and chords fit together to create the “shape” and “vibe” of songs in all genres of music. This course is applicable for singers, songwriters, instrumental musicians and those heading to higher education in music. “I learned more in the first two classes than I did in an entire semester of Music Theory class at my university!” More info soon.
Music Theory 2 will continue to explore the details of why music sounds the way it does. Subjects will include extended and “jazz” chords, voice leading and chord substitution, and how to build and use altered scales and modes. Using examples from classic and modern music students will also learn how to apply these concepts to analyze music on their own, as well as as write professional charts for songs. More info soon.
Music Appreciation is a complete introductory course to popular and contemporary music that examines one central question: What makes good music good? We’ll begin by covering the history of modern music and the instruments, emotions and historical events that shaped all of the different genres. We will learn how to hear and talk about musical elements such as melody, rhythm, and arrangement the way professional musicians do. Students will also build a vocabulary to describe sounds and learn key listening skills, including how to hear and follow individual instruments in recorded music. More info soon.