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The Elements of Song: A Songwriting WorkshopMaster ClassIn-Person

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Teacher songwriters and music teachers who don't write songs will benefit from this special class. Participants will be invited, but not required, to submit songs of their own creation. Songs will then be workshopped in a peer-to-peer discussion under Phil Galdston's direction. In the process, teachers will come to understand the structural elements of a great song—melody, harmonic content, structure, lyric theme, and rhyme scheme. Concepts for spurring and maximizing creativity—most of which apply to all artistic endeavors and beyond—will be featured.

Phil Galdston

Phil Galdston is a songwriter/producer whose body of work has made him one of the few in the field to score hits on virtually every major Billboard chart. Over 130 million copies of his songs and productions have appeared on nearly 80 million records worldwide in recordings by artists ranging from Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, from Beyoncé to Kurt Elling, from Chicago to Vanessa Williams. He is Director of Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt and serves as the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence in University history.