For songwriters with a body of work, renowned lyricist Marty Panzer provides guidance in how to achieve that special quality that makes a lyric both lasting and successful:  universal, relatable, and touching the greatest number of people. Celebrating its 26th year, the goal of this workshop is to enable participants to raise their own standards, reaching farther, writing better.

Marty Panzer became a lyricist at the suggestion of his best friend, Barry Manilow, while they were both in the mailroom at CBS-TV in New York.  They began by writing commercial jingles and their lifelong collaboration has resulted in over 30 songs recorded by Mr. Manilow, many of which have become American pop standards, including Even Now, It's a Miracle, This One's For You, and All the Time.  Later, with Steve Dorff, Mr. Panzer co-wrote the Kenny Rogers classic, Through the Years.  These songs, along with recordings by Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Julio Iglesias, Dusty Springfield, Michael Crawford, Frankie Valli, Dolly Parton & Barbra Streisand, have earned Mr. Panzer 35 gold and platinum albums, four million-play awards, and record sales in excess of 70 million units.  Mr. Panzer also wrote lyrics and dialogue for the MGM Grand production of EFX. He received an Annie Award nomination for We Are One from The Lion King II, and also wrote the lyrics for Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.  Currently, he’s completing his first book, and planning new performances of Through the Years with Marty Panzer.   Mr. Panzer's work is featured on the Disney DVD series Magic English, as well as The Magical World of Winnie The Pooh, Alice in Wonderland Masterpiece Edition, and Once Upon A Halloween. He has also written lyrics AND music, for the newest editions of Mommy and Me, as well as lyrics for Diane Schuur’s Midnight. Marty co-wrote and co-produced the Disney Princess Tea Party Album, Disney's Princess Christmas Album, and Disney's Princess Party Album.

  • What We Value in a Lyric: The Great Songs
    A common vision of what we admire, respect, and aspire to
  • Expanding Your Horizons
    Using different vocabularies, making new choices, finding new challenges, and keeping it interesting for yourself
  • The Craft of Lyric Writing
    -Dramatic development: maintaining focus, building excitement, avoiding repetition
    -The agony and triumph of rewriting
  • Overcoming Stumbling Blocks
    -From running out of rhymes, to running into commercial, producer, and artist demands
    -From realizing 10 people have already written this song, to realizing you've already written this song 10 times
    -Finding new attitudes, subjects, and perspectives
    -Writing songs that stand out and demand attention
  • Developing a Personal Style
    Finding that quality which will distinguish every lyric you write and give you a competitive edge that no one can duplicate
  • Collaboration
    What to expect, what to demand, and what to avoid like the plague
  • The Marketplace
    -Writing in a universal voice
    -New opportunities in film, theater, and animation

    For More Information
    Call (310) 825-9064
    Outside Southern California call
    (800) 825-9064
    Web site: http://www.uclaextension.

  • Artistic Objectives

  • -Writing lyrics that make a difference
    -Writing lyrics to be proud of
    -Creating works that survive in an age of disposable art

  • The Digital World
    - Adding Humanity

    Barry Manilow, Grammy, Tony, Emmy-award winning composer and artist.
    Chris Montan, President Walt Disney Music
    Cynthia Weil, Grammy Award-winning lyricist.
    Rod McKuen, Grammy Award-winning lyricist, author, and artist.
    Stephen Schwartz, Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist
    David Zippel, Tony Award Winning Lyricist
    Jason Robert Brown, Tony Award-winning composer
    Phil Ramone, Producer: (Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Sinatra)
    Larry Gatlin, Grammy Award-winning artist
    Skip Ewing, BMI Songwriter of the Year
    Diane Schuur, Grammy Award-winning Jazz Vocalist
    Michael Feinstein, Concert and recording artist
    Scott Francis,Former President and CEO Warner/Chappell Music
    Jason Blume, Legendary Songwriter, Instructor and Author
    Marco Maranangeli, Producer, Composer
    Molly Kaye,Manager, Publisher, A&R
    Tracy McKnight, Music Supervisor

    Michael Lloyd, Legendary Producer
    Michael Perlstein, Premiere Music Industry Attorney

    Prerequisite : Prior experience writing lyrics.

    Thursday, 7-10 pm

    January 9, 16, 23, 30
    February 6, 13, 20 & 27
    March 5, 12, 19

    UCLA: 1178 Franz Hall
    MUSC X 404.1 4 units
    Reg #370643
    Through Dec 11: $664 / After: $699




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