August 14–17, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENT: Students who complete both the Songwriting Workshop (August 14-17), and Guitar Sessions (August 18-23), will receive a $100 discount.
What's the program like?
The Songwriting Workshop offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. The workshop will examine song forms, melody creation, and the interaction and use of rhythm and harmony. Berklee teachers and guest clinicians will help students explore lyric writing as well as ideas that will help the creative process. You'll see demonstrations of how technology has allowed the easy exchange of ideas and files, and strategies and tools for improving both your songwriting and production values through collaboration. An overview of how songs are currently used in film and TV (and other visual media) will be discussed along with the tools you'll need to place your songs and start earning royalties in this fast developing industry. Classes include:
- Singer-Songwriter Workshop: This course is designed to provide everyone with an opportunity to perform their songs and receive feedback from faculty and peers. Songwriters can accompany themselves, have someone accompany for them, or use prerecorded music.
- Music Composition for Songs: Topics and techniques include groove writing, melody writing, modes, and interesting and useful harmonic progressions.
- Lyric Writing: Topics include prosody (setting words to music and vice versa), brainstorming techniques, and writing from titles.
- Creating Your Own Demo and Recordings: Producing quality demos and ways to market them. MIDI and audio workshop sessions are continually held at Berklee’s Learning Center.
- Business of Songwriting: Each class discusses different topics related to songwriting and the songwriter (including publishing, copyright laws, mechanical rights, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and promoting your songs).
The workshop offers a variety of songwriting topics providing you with a chance to focus on your interests. Pick and choose the classes you want to attend, assuring you get as much as possible out of the many courses that are offered.
Concerts will be held each evening, featuring faculty, guest artists, and students performing their songs in various settings (including concerts and open mic nights). Parents and friends are invited to attend.
Who are the instructors?
Members of Berklee's talented and experienced Songwriting Department will teach the classes and workshops. Each day there will be clinics featuring Berklee songwriting faculty or guest clinicians.
Past guest clinicians have included hit songwriters Paula Cole, Melissa Ferrick, Hugh Prestwood, and Phil Galdston; singer-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Marshall Crenshaw; and Warner Chappell senior vice president John Titta. In addition to day clinics, singer-songwriters who, in prior years, have presented concerts in the evening exclusively for program participants include Ellis Paul, Jennifer Kimball, Patty Larkin, Gary Nicholson, and Livingston Taylor.
What's the schedule?
At registration you will be provided with a list of the workshop's classes, times, and locations, so you may select and attend those classes that interest you as long as space allows. Most classrooms hold a maximum of 20 students.
Where will I eat and sleep?
Applicants will be sent information and an application for residence hall housing once accepted to the program. Most program participants elect to stay in the Berklee residence halls; however, space is limited. To optimize your chances for on-campus housing, you must return the housing application immediately upon receiving it.
If you apply to the program after mid-May, call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 to find out if residence hall space is still available.