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Songwriting: Writing a Hit

July 21 — 25, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall 313, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $425.00.

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  • Ages
    15 – 19
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Course Description
Songwriting: Writing A Hit is a one-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 workshop culminates with a final Saturday 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.

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

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.