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Words & Music, Teen Section: Major Songwriting

at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles

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Age Requirements: 13 - 19 years old
Average Class Size: 10
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Teacher: Rob Seals

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Full Course Name: Words & Music, Teen Section: Major Songwriting for Minors

We believe that songwriting is the highest form of writing. In barely three minutes, a song can tell a story like a novel, or play images in our heads like a movie. A song can evoke as beautifully as a poem or as forcefully as a picket sign. It can feel as personal as a journal entry or a letter to a best friend. It can gather the rest of us like an inspired speech or a rally cry. Songs move us to our core—to dance, to cheer, to shout, to sing, to weep, to hope, to believe, to remember, to move.

To learn to write songs, then, is to develop remarkable life skills of perception, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and self-expression. Novelist, screenwriter, poet, scribe: Songwriters learn to be the best noticers—and they report what they notice back to the tribe. This class is devoted to kindling that passion to notice, the ability to express, and the means to create finished work.

In this TEEN ONLY section, we will build a deep toolbox to start, structure, finish, and revise original songs. Class will mix hands-on exercises, thoughtful lesson presentation, group and individual work, and out of class assignments to help students develop their unique voice and style as songwriters.

We will write lyrics and music. A student does not need to play an instrument to write songs, though many do and will. For the student who does not (a writer, a singer) this peer setting might give them the hunger or clarity to learn piano, guitar, ukulele, etc. For the student who does, we will make use of and build on those existing skills in writing songs.

This class will be a positive, challenging, and appropriate setting for someone writing her first song and for someone who has been writing songs for a while. If, however, you are looking for an even more in-depth experience, there is the all-ages (adults too) songwriting class The Roots(10 meetings, 3 hours +). In the Summer we also offer a Teen Roots Summer Intensive, for one week in July. Members of Words & Music class are eligible, as are those who have not taken Words & Music.

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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.

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Cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance of the class will be honored with a full refund. Students who cancel less than 48 hours prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.
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