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Point Blank Mastered

Songwriting Masterclass with Scott Simons

Point Blank LA’s lead songwriting instructor Scott Simons knows his stuff when it comes to writing great songs — he has served for years in roles like pianist and assistant music director for shows like America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and Little Big Shots. He also has a degree in music composition from West Virginia University, fronts the synth-pop group TeamMate, and sang the theme song for the animated kids show Paw Patrol! He’s played for artists including Leona Lewis, Drake Bell, Chris Mann, and Rooney, written songs for Dirty Vegas, Daddy’s Groove, Razihel, and Allen Stone, and even been sampled by Wiz Khalifa.

In this session, Scott will share his best practices for songwriting. He’ll break down the mechanics of a few of his favorite modern tunes, piano-bar style, to illuminate what makes them work so well, whether it’s chord changes, topline, lyrics, or all of the above. He’ll cover the most essential bits of music theory knowledge necessary in order to write great songs, and touch upon harmony, melody, and rhythmic considerations. He’ll also discuss his approach to developing and maintaining a professional career in songwriting, including networking, cowriting, publishing, and performing.

Come away from Scott’s masterclass with a glimpse into the mindset of a highly successful professional songwriter. Learn how to frame yourself as a songwriter, hear beyond genre, and find inspiration in unexpected places. Learn the most important pieces of music theory and songcraft in order to make your songs stand out amongst the rest. Understand how to make your melodies, lyrics, and chords work together to be highly memorable and perfectly singable for any artist. Say you took a class with a pro songwriter who hails straight from America’s Got Talent and The X Factor!

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