Saturday, March 19, 2011

Songwriting Secrets Revealed! FREE Lecture 3/22/2011

Tues, Mar 22nd : Songwriting Department Super-lecture!  Ever been "stuck" on a song, and not sure how to finish it?  Ever wanted musical x-ray vision so you could see how a #1 hit works? Ever felt like you weren't communicating the true emotional depth of your lyric? Want a sure-fire way to create catchy hooks that stick with your listener?

Jack Perricone - Chair of the Songwriting Department
Will be doing an X-Ray analysis of a Top 10 hit to let you see exactly how it works!

  • B.M., Hartt School of Music
  • M.M., Indiana University
  • Numerous recording, producing, and songwriting credits for Janet Lawson, David Geddes, Angela Bofill, Jerry Butler, Michael Jackson, Lou Rawls, and others
  • Composer and producer of internationally aired jingles and commercial themes, and music for theater and films

Mark Simos - Songwriting Faculty
Ever had an unfinished song that you just weren't sure what to do with? Mark will give his best tips and tricks to finish that song that has been laying around your notebook forever!

- Writer for Alison Krauss, Jimmy Barnes (Australia's top selling recording artist), and more!

Jimmy Kachulis - Songwriting Faculty
Jimmy will discuss melodic phrasing techniques that create catchy, memorable choruses that stick with your listener!
Jimmy also "wrote the book" -- a few of them, actually -- on which the Berklee Songwriting Curriculum is based.

  • B.S., Hunter College
  • M.A., Tufts University
  • Arranger and composer or conductor for Eric Gale, Stuff, George Coleman, Jon Hendricks, Frank Foster, Martha Reeves, John Lewis, Empire Brass Quintet, and String Fever
  • Guitarist for Eric Gale, Stuff, A Chorus Line, and Pe De Boi
  • Papers delivered include "Ewe Polyphony" and "Ewe Bell Improvisation" at the Society for Ethnomusicology conferences
  • Listed in Who's Who of American Teacher
Scarlet Keys - Songwriting Faculty
Scarlet will show you how the right verb can cause a lyric to go from "blah.." to "BLAOW!" by looking at examples of extremely well crafted lyrics you can model in your own writing! 

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • Staff songwriter for Warner Chappell/The New Company Nashville
  • Live performances include the Blue Bird café, Nashville; ESPN; Bass Masters Classic, New Orleans Arena; and venues in Nashville, California, and New England as featured pianist/vocalist
  • Gold record for song "So Much Love to Make" recorded by Swedish artist Jill Johnson
  • Single "Gonna Dance" recorded by jazz artist Anna Wilson
  • Charted on Billboard's jazz chart in 2008 with Anna Wilson's Christmas album Yule SwingNumber 1 single on British country chart with artist Lucie Diamond; Number 2 on the European country charts with single and title track to artist Lucie Diamond's record entitled "I Wanna Be Rich."

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