Songwriting Workshop

Specifically aimed at high-school songwriters, this class explores the basics of songwriting. The first half of will focus on the fundamentals of structure, lyric, melody, style and the importance of "a hook". We will discuss what makes a song successful, the art of collaboration and how to give and accept feedback in a productive way.

In the second half of the class, students will present their songs for feedback and discussion. This is not mandatory, but we encourage anyone who has a song to share it. There will be a piano and guitar and speakers (for students who would like to play a track) available.  

There will be two classes offered on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th from 12:00pm-4:00 pm. Cost is $75/student. Classes will be held at New Musicals Inc. in North Hollywood. 

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Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor are the songwriters of the short musical film Grind starring Anthony Rapp (Dazed and ConfusedRent) and Claire Coffee (NBC's Grimm). Grind screened at 29 festivals around the world (best film at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, SENE Music and Film Festival, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and others) . Album available on iTunes and Amazon. Selda and Derek co-wrote Eric Michael Krop's (Broadway: Godspell) debut pop album "Greater Things" (also available on iTunes) and are currently co-writing Lilli Cooper’s (Broadway: Spring AwakeningWicked) debut EP. They've been recognized as "Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) and their song "The Storm" was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest. Derek is a recipient of a Richard Rogers Award, a MAC award and a John Wallowitch award. Selda was selected for the ASCAP Songwriters Collective and the ASCAP Country Music Workshop in Nashville, and was a member of the Advanced Class at the BMI Workshop. She received an Emmy for her work on Passionat Lincoln Center. Her musical All Fall Down was directed by Emmy Award winning and Tony nominated director, Lonny Price. Selda and Derek have taught songwriting at NYU and the Relativity School and Derek continues to teach master classes at colleges around the country.