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Words & Music - Weekly Musical Theatre Class


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Words & Music - Weekly Musical Theatre Class

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Words and Music Pass - 1-2 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $20.00 $0.00
Words and Music Pass - 3-4 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $19.00 $0.00
Words and Music Pass - 5-6 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $18.00 $0.00
Words and Music Pass - 7-8 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $17.00 $0.00
Words and Music Pass - 9-10 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $16.00 $0.00
Words and Music Pass - 11-12 Sessions Dec 12, 2017 $15.00 $0.00

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Learning Curve is pleased to welcome back one of our most popular class offerings in an exciting new format. Words & Music - A Hands On Musical Theatre Workshop is now a weekly writing class! You will no longer will you need to commit to a 6-week class schedule. Now you can join in the fun when it is convenient for you.

Buy a single pass or pre-purchase up to a dozen and save money based on how many you buy. (some restrictions apply)

For Composers:
It's equally important for a composer / songwriter starting out in musical theater to know something about the basic principles of dramatic writing: story structure, plot points, engaging an audience, and the crucial matter of making an audience wonder what's going to happen next. And, of course, becoming familiar with the sight of index cards on the corkboard. Your instrument, the one you'll be playing in musical theater, is your audience. So how do you get the right responses at the right times? How do you find the perfect place in the narrative to put a song, and the perfect song for that place, remembering at all times you are writing a score, not just a song? How can you to avoid the trap of too many passive songs in which characters do nothing but reflect on plot events? Also important: Deciding when a song is the right solution, and when it's better to musicalize an entire scene.

For both composer / songwriters and script writers:
Collaboration Fundamentals: This will be Couples Counseling (or in some cases, Trio Counseling) for creative teams -- Learning to communicate directly, in clear language, not jargon. Making sure all collaborators are writing the same show. Making sure the script writing side is able to contribute knowledgeably to the musical elements, and that the songwriters are respectful of the dramatic writing rules that can make or break a show. Examining how the team can advance their project from an idea on a page to a finished draft to the process of readings, workshops and production.

Class Requirements
Students are required to submit a valid contact email when registering. Your instructor will contact you prior to your first session to go over what is expected of you during the class and what you will need to have ready upon joining the group. 

Details & Restrictions
Words & Music Passes are available in various quantities (1-12). Online purchasers will receive a transaction confirmation via email once their purchase is completed. Purchaser must present the email confirmation at The Village Ticket Booth prior to attending first session. Ticket Booth will provide you with a Words & Music Pass — Punch Card. Lounge Pass holders must present their Punch Card for entry. Single Lounge Passes holders may proceed directly to class. A limited number of Lounge Passes will be available for purchase each week at the door.

Instructor: Mark Saltzman

Course Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Location: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza


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The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM (PST)

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