Panels & Informational Workshops
_In addition to the regular songwriting workshops and one-on-one meetings, we are happy to be able to provide two panel discussions and a number of "Informational Workshops" to help working musicians and songwriters in other important ways. All attendees are welcome to attend any or all of the panel discussions and workshops. Except for special cases that might be announced, you do NOT need to sign-up in advance... just show up!
This year, we will be presenting two very special workshops:
Panel 1: "Placing Your Music in TV & Film"
presented by the State of Hawaii, DBEDT, Creative Industries Division
Panel 2: "Writing and Composing for TV & Film"
As in previous years, the 2013 Workshops* will cover a broad range of topics, presented by some of the industry's best professionals:
Everything You Need to Know About Placing Your Music in TV & Films (Jason Blume)
This class will demystify the process of pitching your songs for TV shows and movies. You’ll learn about Music Supervisors, Music Production Libraries, the types of songs that work best, the permissions you’ll need, “Source” music, Metadata, Stems, Syn Licenses, Performance Royalties, Retitling, Work-for-Hire Agreements, Tip Sheets, and more.
Cinema and Trailers. (David Trotter)
The competition and the bar to become a successful writer in cinema and film has reached an all-time high. Orchestration mock-ups, Hybrid instrumentation, and structure, is over the top, but for those that choose to excel the opportunities are great. (with examples)
Composing for TV – Parts 1 & 2 (Frank Palazzolo)
As we did a couple years ago with Liza Richardson, we are planning to get network authorization to use a short video segment from a popular TV show and ask attendees to team up to compose music for the clip. In Part 1 on the first day, Frank will discuss the requirements and how to approach the assignment. Then, on the last day, participants will submit their “homework” in advance to be reviewed by a panel of judges. In Part 2, we will show all the submissions, Frank will provide comments on each, and we will show the winning entry and discuss why it was the best selection for this particular assignment.
A Melody Master Class with Jason Blume
There are reasons why some melodies stick in the brain. Learn and practice the top tools to create—and rewrite—melodies your listeners can’t forget. (Jason says, “No knowledge of music theory—or ability to play an instrument—is required to benefit from this class--or to write hit songs!”)
So What Genre is That? (David Trotter)
The fusion of Pop, Rock, and Country has created a situation where defining your music can be very difficult. It seems few people can tell what Indie is vs. Alt vs. Contemporary. You need to learn to write with one foot in the box, and the other outside. Sound like a problem? No - It's an opportunity! (with examples)
Jason Blume's Top 3 Lyrical Tools
Learn to evoke emotion and make your lyrics come alive by incorporating ACTION, IMAGERY, and DETAIL. This workshop will have you “trying on” the tools, so come prepared to write. You’ll leave with several new songs started.
Recording Techniques (Mike Bolenbach)
Mike is offering a course on recording techniques, including mic selection and placement, EQ, compression, different approaches to tracking, as well as mixing, mastering, and Pro Tools fundamentals. Understanding the wide range of experience levels of the attendees, there will be a lengthy Q and A session at the end of the class to address any specific questions about recording, including topics that may not have been covered in the class.
Alternative Tunings for Guitar (Kimo Knox)
In this workshop, we will explore some techniques for using alternative tunings to drive our creative process. We will see how the tuning can drive new chord patterns, melody, harmonics and bass patterns. We will see how two or more tunings can be combined to get a completely new tuning and create a new approach to a song. We will also see how alternative tunings are important in brass slide playing, with important roots in Chicago Blues.
Small Venue Sound Optimization (Donovan Mote)
Donovan is providing a course on small venue sound system setup and optimization. He will cover such things as speaker placement, room equalization, monitor setup and equalization, basic mic techniques, and an overview of the physics of sound, including a question and answer session towards the end of the class to address specific questions the attendees may have.
Advertising with instrumentals and Songs (David Trotter)
What is too much? Is there anything that as too minimal? What messages work, and what messages do not? Ukulele and acoustic guitar players, Singers and electronic composers, what are you waiting for? (with examples)
Bringing Music Alive thru Percussion (Marty Leonard)
Marty Leonard has been a drummer, percussionist, and music educator for over 45 years. Having played in every type of musical situation, including tv, film and recording projects in Los Angeles, Marty brings a wealth of knowledge about the wide world of drums and percussion. This workshop will demonstrate a variety of percussion instruments, show different sound possibilities, and discuss how to communicate your musical ideas to musicians.
NSAI Update (Jeff Dayton & Ev Fox)
The National Songwriters Association International consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, and to educate, elevate, and celebrate the songwriter and to act as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. This session provides the latest news from this wonderful organization.
*Please note: Workshop topics and presenters are subject to change.