A Songwriting Workshop
with Phil Galdston
Offered in partnership with New York University
Monday, November 13, 2017

This workshop will explore a subject that can’t be taught: the art and craft of songwriting. We’ll begin by looking at the tools employed in classic songs, elements that great songwriters sometimes follow, sometimes ignore, and sometimes turn upside down to great effect. In songwriting, as in any creative endeavor, the key to success is not just getting the tricks of the trade down cold, it’s having the courage to travel down dark, unexpected pathways, to imagine different possibilities, and to revise, revise, revise. Following our study of exemplary classics, we’ll work in groups, engaging in songwriting exercises that seek to balance respect for time-honored traditions with our essential human need to create something new.

Phil Galdston is one of the few songwriters and producers who has scored hits on every major chart. His work has appeared on nearly 80 million records by artists ranging from Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, from Aaron Neville to Beyoncé, from Brandy to Kurt Elling. His best-known song, “Save the Best For Last,” first recorded by Vanessa Williams, has had 4 million airplay performances to-date, making it one of the classic songs of any era. Among many honors, he has been recognized by the GRAMMY® Awards, ASCAP, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the American Song Festival, the Dove Awards, and the Time For Peace Awards. He is Director of Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt and serves as the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence in University history.