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  • Vanderbilt University 2400 Blakemore Avenue Nashville, TN, 37212 United States (map)

Get ready for a new semester of the BLAIR HIT SONGWRITER SERIES, hosted by Deanna Walker and presented by the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University!!! Join legendary songwriters, industry professionals and rising stars for 14 weeks of incredible, up-close and personal discussions about all aspects of songwriting, artistry, and the music business!!

Time: Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM Dates: January 9-April 24, 2017 Fee: $245.00

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Online Class: $115.00 Class is available online throughout most of the world. Not available in Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. Critique is not available for online students at this time.

Get your songs heard and critiqued by:
JOSH VAN VALKENBURG (Sony), CHRIS OGLESBY (BMG), CLIFF AUDRETCH, III (Greatshakin’ Music), BOBBY RYMER (The Writers’ Den), THE CRAZY PITCHES: CHELSEA KENT (Still Working Music), SARAH FELDMAN (The Writers’ Den), CIARA SHORTRIDGE (Disney), HANNAH WILSON (Big Loud Shirt) among MANY others!!!

Learn from songwriting/music business legends, new and in-the-making:
JON NITE (Keith Urban, Break On Me, many #1 songs!!), CRAIG KING (producer, Ludacris, Kanye), HEATHER MORGAN (Brett Eldridge, Eli Young Band, Maddie and Tae), MEGAN CONNER (Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Swon Brothers), RICK BARKER (Social Media Guru, American Idol; Former Taylor Swift Manager), RUBY AMANFU (Artist/Songwriter check out The 11 Best Things We Saw at DylanFest from Rolling Stone!!), RON POPE (Artist/Songwriter with multiple film/tv placements, including Vampire Diaries and The CW), DON HENRY (Miranda Lambert, All Kinds of Kinds AND Grammy award winner), RICK BERESFORD (George Jones and Shooter Jennings, If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me, NSAI Songcamp and Belmont Faculty), WENDY PARR (Acclaimed Vocal Coach from NYC—has coached Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles), NETWORKING PANEL: CALI RODI/EMILY HABER/ JORDAN KEIM/MATT THOMAS (Artist/Writers with INCREDIBLE networking and social media skills), & more!


See What People Are Saying....

The Blair Hit Songwriter Series is without a doubt the best songwriting class I have ever attended. The environment is very laid-back and welcoming, however the pro-writers, publishers, and industry professionals that visit are a thrill to have every week! The class is very hands-on, current with today's market, and real world. The information and insight shared is truly priceless. Nothing is more magical than hearing hit writers from across the country share their success stories or having the hottest publishers listen to your music. The growth you'll experience in your writing while taking this class is phenomenal. No matter the genre, age, level, or location, I believe this class is a must for anyone in the field of songwriting or artist development! Johnnie Mikel Boswell

The Blair Hit Songwriter Series, by Deanna Walker is a great class for any and all songwriters. Deanna is a great professor, and asks great questions that bring out depth from those she interviews. You'll receive guidance that will be relevant and helpful throughout the rest of your career, and life too. I recommend it for any songwriter or artist within driving distance in Nashville; regardless of where you are in your career, it is never too early or too late to participate in it. Amit Chadha

The reason I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE IN THE MIDST OF MANY AND THE REASON I invest my time and money in songwriter craft study in Nashville is to gain real expertise and insight so that over time my writing would improve. Hopefully the classes would provide an opportunity for some one on one with resulting actually useful feedback from seasoned industry pros. Dee Walker's Blair Hit Songwriter Series advantages are her inviting tone in a friendly comfortable learning atmosphere, an industry savvy regimen of her rigorous time-tested songwriter exercises for in-class and / or homework. And very importantly you can count on Deanna to bring her classes the GOOD STUFF when it comes to top pros. For example, one night legendary song man Chris Oglesby after one listening to my song pointed out a fresh approach, suggested I redo a phrase I had not or nobody else had noticed. Reworking my verse and line then over time, the phrase improved, gave the whole song a renewed commercial and personal appeal. Another example was Don Henry who shared a new song for us one night ALL KINDS OF KINDS which soon showed up on radio.
Dick Karg

Earlier Event: February 7
The Artist's Circle - NYC
Later Event: February 28
The Artist's Circle - Nashville