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How to Write Songs for Film and TV: Online Course

The Emmy award winning composer Brad Hatfield shares his songwriter experience, starting an online course that is available for those who want to make a career in writing songs for film and TV.

Brad Hatfield started his career as a professional musician, having the opportunity to accompany many big names, such as James Taylor. Even from the beginning of his career, he attended major jazz festivals, next to well-known jazz artists. With time he began to get placements in film and television, realizing that he has a passion for visual media. At the beginning it was a great challenge to succeed, but right now success seems to be his middle name. Right now, while you are reading this, there are hundreds of his songs that are playing somewhere on the planet. Speaking about money, it seems that for this amazing composer it is enough to get an income that will allow him to sustain his family.

Right now he is excited because he has the opportunity to teach this course that will cover many techniques and skills. Even if some of them will be already mastered by the students, there is an entire set of skills that are necessary in order to succeed. For instance, in visual media you will have to start thinking like a director, having the chance to step back and to look at the song from a different point of view, mainly because in a movie the song can’t stay alone, but it rather has to enhance what is going on in the screen.

Another thing you will learn is how to collaborate effectively, since the communication is an essential skill and the key to succeed in this course. You will have the chance to meet other musicians and writers, and not only. There will be a whole new web of people that will come in your way. Even if this business is for those who are passionate, and not for those who are looking for more money, you will learn how to negotiate. In this business, people try to find a common ground.

This is a unique course that will teach you more than just how to write songs, it will teach you how to give and to receive feedback, and constructive criticism. You will have to listen each other’s songs and tell your opinion regarding what you hear. You will learn both what to do and what not to do, and many of the examples will be Brad Hatfield’s in person. Therefore, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from his 30 years’ experience. He is ready to give you all his secrets, as long as you agree to take them. Every student will have the opportunity to internalize the information, and with some luck their names will appear on the big screen. This is the purpose of this course.

Even if you are a song writer, after this course you will be able to improve your songs using the new skills and techniques that you acquired during this online course.

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