Student Information

Workshop: Formula to a Hit

Dates: February 25, 2017

Meets: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Samuel Goldman Retreat

Cost: $50.00

We are thrilled to have Atlanta-based Traci Hale here this winter to share her amazing knowledge! Traci Hale began her career as a backing singer for R&B stars Keith Sweat and Aaliyah. It was while on tour with Aaliyah in 1996 that she shared songs that she had been writing privately, and soon thereafter began collaborating with others, including Rodney Jerkins - the two of them worked on the Dr. Dolittle (soundtrack) and Brandy's breakthrough album Never Say Never. Traci went on to write hits for Mýa, Britney Spears and others. In 2010 Hale co-wrote the song "What's My Name?" with Ester Dean and Stargate, which became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for Rihanna. The Formula of a Hit Workshop focuses on Songwriting and Dissecting the way hit songs are arranged. It will discuss the anatomy of a song, picking the right melodies, studio etiquette, rewrites, split sheets, and choosing a PRO (Performing Rights Organization). Students are asked to bring their laptops and own personal Wi-Fi hotspots and a sack lunch.

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Callanwolde was built in 1920 by Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler. The estate is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12 acre estate contains a magnificent Tudor Revival style mansion, lush gardens, and several outer buildings.
Today, Callanwolde is owned by Dekalb County and is the home of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a cultural community conservatory of the arts on a 12 acre campus. Callanwolde offers classes in the performing arts (music, music recording, dance, dance fitness), visual arts (painting/drawing, pottery, weaving/textiles, jewelry/metalsmithing, photography), writing, yoga, horticulture, culinary arts and more to students of all ages.

"Callanwolde relies on donations from our community to keep tuition low, purchase art supplies, and make improvements to our artistic facilities. Please make a donation to Callanwolde's annual fund today!"

Fee: $50.00

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Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-Member Fee$ 35.00
Mandatory FeeAdm Fee$ 15.00

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