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Songwriting and Recording Experience

July 28 — August 8, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall 313, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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  • Ages
    15 – 19
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Course Description
Songwriting and the Recording Experience is a two-week workshop that allows for an in-depth examination of the many aspects of songwriting, including but not limited to: lyrics, chord families and keys, common chord progressions, rhyme schemes, modulation, blues form, 32-bar song form, arranging, accompaniment styles, rhythms, microphone technique, performing, recording tips, and more. The weekend break will allow information learned during the first week to be absorbed and applied to the weekend assignment. In week two, each student will have the opportunity to work in the Cornish recording studio along with studio musicians to record, edit, and mix one of their songs. The workshop culminates on the final day with a concert featuring performances by participants for supportive family and friends

Who should enroll?
Students, ages 15-19, at an intermediate-level skill on guitar, piano or another chordal instrument; a basic comfort level in vocalizing ideas and singing within a small group context; and familiarity with the basics of music theory (for example, scales, chords, and basic definitions). Interested students who fall outside these guidelines may contact the instructor for permission to be admitted.

Daily Schedule:
9:00 am – Sharing ideas/demonstration/writing exercises
10:30 am – Song-related music theory
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Writing exercises
2:00 pm – Lecture/Demonstration (Words, Melody, Chords, Rhythm and Form)
2:45 pm – Individual/Small Group Work
3:30 pm – Share progress/receive assignment

Audition Requirements
None. Open for enrollment to students, ages 15-19, without any audition.

Michelle Smith-Lewis

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Alek Edmonds
Department of Music Technical Director

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Alek Edmonds is the Technical Director at Cornish College’s Music Department. Most recently he worked as Technical Engineer and first-call House Engineer at Paramount Recording in Los Angeles, the largest privately owned studio franchise in North America. Alek has a long list of album credits in all genres of music and over fifteen years of industry experience working as a technical support engineer at Mackie Designs, Warnaco, and London Bridge Studios. He earned his BA from the Evergreen State College.

Marty Jourard

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Marty Jourard

Marty Jourard grew up in Gainesville, Florida where he began playing in rock bands as a teenager. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 where as a member of The Motels he recorded five albums for Capitol Records, two of which received gold album status (500,000 sold), and included two Top Ten singles (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”). As a freelance musician Jourard’s keyboard and sax playing has been heard on recordings by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Sly Stone, Los Lobos, Bob Welch, and Del Shannon, and on the film soundtracks (Teachers, Moscow on the Hudson, Soul Man). After moving to Seattle in 1989 Jourard opened a recording studio, has produced and recorded local acts, and became active as an author (Start Your Own Band and The Marty Method), and music educator at schools and through private lessons on keyboard, guitar, drums and saxophone. Jourard’s song “We Breathe The Same Air” was also recently recorded by Graham Nash and appears on Nash’s box-set retrospective.