Guy Thomas and UCLA Offer "Hit Song Writing" Class -- Los Angelas, CA -- May 5, 2012

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"Elements of Hit Songwriting" -- Music X 401.5 -- 4.00 units -- 06/27/2012 -- UCLA Open -- Arlene Matza-Jackson / Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, Music Composer and Award Winning song writer (Conviction of the Heart/ Celebrate Me Home) and the UCLA School of music have teamed up to offer a very unique class called "Hit Song Writing", where Guy leads the students through the basics of song writing and explaining the business aspects of song income.

Designed for both musicians and lyricists, this hands-on introduction to the craft of songwriting focuses on collaboration and teaches a step-by-step method for writing a professional quality song. Instruction emphasizes the elements that make up a successful song and the completion of a demo in preparation for a marketable product. Participants gain an understanding of all aspects of hit songwriting from structure to groove, covering the different approaches for writing rock, pop, alternative, blues, R&B, hip-hop, and country. They practice creating and developing a hook, learning where to place it, how to set it up, and how to exploit it within different types of song structure. Discussion includes a wide variety of guests from the industry, such as A&R/record companies, music supervisors, record producers, and film and television executives. Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Guy's artist casual (but clearly professional) personality engages students with an inside view of the business aspects of the song writing industry.

"This class covers everything from the creative to the business aspects of songwriting. With accomplished songwriters and business professionals as guest speakers."

Classes start on 06/27/2012 with registration deadline, go to https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/search.aspx?c=songwriting for more information or call (310) 825-9971.

Guy Thomas is a songwriter, composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist musician (http://www.GuyThomasMusic.com) who has recorded with and written for some of the biggest names in popular music. Guy began his musical studies at age three and was giving public piano recitals at age seven. While still living in Ohio, at the age of 17, Guy was signed by RCA in New York as a solo artist. Guy left his solo endeavors to join various bands and artists; performing and touring {singing and playing lead-guitar, bass and keyboards}.

In the eighties, Guy signed as a staff songwriter and had his songs recorded by numerous artists, including Carly Simon, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins.

In 1984, when Kenny Loggins was riding high in his solo career with songs like “Footloose,” “I’m Alright” and other soundtrack hits, he assembled a new band for touring which included Guy as lead guitarist, singer and co-songwriter.

When Loggins wasn’t touring, Guy was busy working from his studio composing and singing local and national commercials, trailers and television theme songs. "Conviction Of The Heart," 'Leap Of Faith" and "Now Or Never" were written by Guy and Kenny for the "Leap Of Faith" album.

Since signing as a writer with Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. in 1996, Guy permanently gave up touring and has worked almost exclusively on various television and film projects.  Guy’s extensive library of scored music continues to be heard on a variety of shows on "Discovery Channel," "History Channel," "National Geographic Channel" and "A & E." Also including " Dateline," “Famous Homes and Hideaways,” “That’s So Raven”,” Queer Eye For the Straight Guy,” “Parental Control,” "Oprah,"  “Extra,” and “TMZ.com” as well as NBC Sports and Movietickets.com.

For the past several years, Guy has scored hundreds of one and two hour prime-time cable television shows and specials (link to TV page on http://www.GuyThomasMusic.com).  Guy's expertise in current music trends has been well recognized in the academic community where he is an adjunct professor of modern music at UCLA while still being an active writer for BMGChrysalis Music Publishing Company.

Guy's new album "PERISCOPE" has been released on Spotify.

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