Contemporary Lyricism: Techniques and Marketing

Lisa Pertillar Brevard, Ph.D.'s picture
June 9, 2019 to June 14, 2019
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Music and Music History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

In this workshop, we will study selected examples by such master contemporary songwriters as Dolly Parton, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bill Withers, and Mary J. Blige, among others, to get to the heart of lyricism -- the art and craft of composing words which are intended to be sung. 

In class, we will hone our listening skills, focusing on such key aspects as audience, narration, and phrasing, while also examining the crucial dynamic between songwriter and performer. Homework will include short readings and focused writing prompts, to amplify and extend the classroom experience. In addition, each songwriter will have a 1:1 conference with the instructor to review and receive coaching on his or her individual song lyrics project. 

Formal music training is welcome, but not required. If you are new to writing song lyrics, then you will have a supportive environment in which to get started. And, if you are a songwriter, then you can expand and deepen your craft, while also exploring marketing -- the business side of music. This workshop will help you evaluate approaches to lyricism and offer you fresh ideas for development and revision. 

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Lisa Pertillar Brevard, Ph.D.

Songwriter/Publisher, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers)

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