Lyric Writing

Wednesdays 4 - 5:30 pm 1/25 - 3/15 (8 weeks)

Lyric Writing
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Vocal Performance, Composition and Arranging
Day Wed
Instructor Laurie Antonioli
Status online event



California Jazz Conservatory Vocal Chair, Laurie Antonioli, has been writing and recording her original lyrics for over 30 years. During this time, she has come to value the craft that goes into lyric writing as much as original ideas or personal stories. There are many ways to craft a song, and Laurie will share a variety of formats and suggestions. This course includes short lectures on the lyricists from the Great American Songbook, like Lorenz Hart and Harold Arlen, to Jon Hendricks, Joni Mitchell, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar, and beyond. There will be weekly in-class writing assignments and homework. You can find Laurie’s lyrical work starting with her first release, “Soul Eyes,” through her latest, “The Constant Passage of Time.” Open to all. 


Topics include:


  • Getting started

  • Rhyming

  • Collaborating

  • Differentiating between poetry and lyrics

  • Examining both universal and personal stories

  • Looking at some fun angles, exercises, and perspectives to produce a provocative lyric


This will be a highly interactive class, and students will compose several sets of lyrics by the end of the term.


Required Text: The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron (Please purchase from your preferred online retailer.)

Instructor: Laurie Antonioli

Studied at Mt. Hood College and Cal State Long Beach. Student of Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy; Professor, Vocal Jazz Studies, KUG U., Graz, Austria; International performing and recording artist with releases on Nabel Records, Germany; Yamaha Records, Japan, Origin Records, USA and owner of Intrinsic Music Records Co. Clinician, adjudicator, curriculum development for CJC Vocal Program; Co-teaches yearly vocal intensive with Theo Bleckmann. Performed and/or recorded with George Cables, Bobby McFerrin, Richie Beirach, Pony Poindexter, Joe Henderson, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy; bandleader of Foreign Affair Band and The American Dreams Band. Released Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light — The music of Joni Mitchell, on Origin Records. Voted “best of” 2014 in Downbeat Magazine.