The goal of this workshop is to enable you to raise your own standards--reaching further, writing better. Lectures, discussions with guest professionals, and analysis of student assignments and works-in-progress, give you experience in the practices of the profession, including writing on assignment and deadline, rewriting, and collaboration. Topics include what is valued in a lyric; reviewing the great songs; expanding one's horizons; the craft of lyric writing; overcoming stumbling blocks; developing a personal style; collaboration; handling rejection; the new marketplace; new opportunities in film, theater, and animation; and artistic objectives: writing lyrics that make a difference, writing lyrics to be proud of, and creating works that survive in an age of disposable product. Guest speakers scheduled to appear (subject to availability) include; Scott Francis, President/CEO, Warner/Chappell Music; Larry Gatlin, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist; Don Grierson, A&R executive, Music Supervisor, and author. Past guests have included Barry Manilow, Grammy, Tony, Emmy Award-winning composer and artist; David Zippel, Tony Award-winning lyricist; Chris Montan, President Walt Disney Music; Cynthia Weil, Grammy Award-winning lyricist; Rod McKuen, Grammy Award-winning lyricist; Stephen Schwartz, Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist; Pat Addiss, Tony- and Grammy-nominated Broadway producer.
Prerequisite: Prior experience writing lyrics.The Hal Gaba Scholarship is awarded to the 6 highest-achieving students enrolled in this course. Scholarship recipients receive four additional master class sessions, as well as individual consultation with Mr. Panzer as required.
Enrollment deadline: Jan 26
UCLA: 1178 Franz Hall
January 12 - March 29
12 meetings total