Forbes Music Company

Audio Production and Songwriting Q&A with Sean Hurwitz

Class Details
Learn production, songwriting, and more in this intimate Q&A session with famed producer & guitarist, Sean Hurwitz (Enrique Iglesias, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth).
October 11, 2020
7.00pm - 8.00pm ET

Audio Production and Songwriting Q&A with Sean Hurwitz


Talk shop with Sean! In this intimate Q&A session with industry veteran, famed Los Angeles producer, guitarist, singer and songwriter Sean Hurwitz (Smash Mouth, Enrique Iglesias, Gin Blossoms, Chris Wallace), no topics are off limits. Get industry insights, learn production techniques, gain songwriting skills and more, with one of the industry’s best.

In this class, all your questions get answered. Come with topics and questions, and Sean will take the time to walk you through his process, leaning on dozens of years of experience making music with pop stars across the globe. Musicians or non-musicians alike can learn about what goes on behind the scenes (or in front of the scenes), and how to get started or get to the next level. Just want to meet a rock star and ask questions? That’s okay, too. 

Curious about songwriting or production techniques, or interested in learning what happens in the studio? Wondering how to get started with digital audio workstations (DAWs), or been using them for years? No question is too big or small. Sean will gladly walk you through his set up, his production process, how he approaches his songwriting, and creative ways to earn a living licensing music.

For decades, Sean has written, performed, and produced songs for both independent artists and those you find on Billboard’s Top 100. In addition to performing all over the world, Sean has also written, produced, and recorded hundreds of songs that are licensed to TV, Film and Radio worldwide.

In this class, examine the role production plays in creating modern popular music from beat making and synthesized instruments, to mixing and mastering. Study basic elements of song form, theme and development, creating the killer hook, and using audio production to take your songs from pretty good to professional sounding, using a few simple tricks.

Topics covered include: Getting your questions answered! Sample topics may cover Audio Production, Songwriting, Lyric Writing, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), Song Form, Verse, Chorus, Hook, Theme and Development, Instruments Patches, Beat Making, Meter, Dynamics, Mixing, Mastering, Licensing, Negotiations, Legal Issues.

This class is perfect for: Anyone interested in the music industry, audio production, songwriting, licensing, and industry insight. Whether new to the art of making music, songwriting, production, or an experienced songwriter/producer, this class gives you insight from a top L.A. producer with years of experience working on tracks for pop bands, radio, TV, and film.

After this class, you will be able to: Create music! You will have a better understanding of how to use production in your songwriting process, and have the skills to write songs using your production software of choice, and the tools to create music using developmental techniques that industry professionals use on a regular basis.

Add-On Purchases

When class is over, it’s important to make sure you have all the tools and resources available to maintain a positive learning trajectory.

In addition to signing up for and attending an online group music class, Forbes Music teachers offer a short, truncated class summary video of all the concepts covered in class. This way, you can access the content and information whenever you need it at any time of day. It will include all the information covered, without any unnecessary interruptions or chatter.

Take the class. Get the video. You’re all set!

Office Hours

Need a quick refresher of something you did in a class? Did you forget a chord, a fingering, or short melodic phrase? 

Office Hours are short, 15-minute scheduled online “lessons” that serve the primary purpose of getting quick, extra help, better explanations, or short refreshers from a teacher outside of your normal class or lesson time. Office Hours can only be scheduled as an online session and are not available for in-home. 

Office hours are a great way to follow up with a teacher after an online class to get a one-on-one explanation of complicated concepts.

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