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Songwriting For Musical Theatre: Write Your Own Musical Step-By-Step

Learn everything you need to write your own musical. In this class, Tony-winning duo Pasek & Paul take you into their studio and teach you their entire, step-by-step process for writing musical theatre songs — the same process they’ve used to write Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, the Greatest Showman, and many others. Follow along as they develop a brand new musical from scratch, right in front of you, explaining everything they’re doing along the way.

$499.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (13h 43m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

Taught by

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Musical-theatre songwriting duo behind 6x Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman.
What you’ll learn
Story-Driven Songwriting
Song Spotting & Finding Song Moments
Writing Melodies & Lyrics for Musicals
Choosing & Developing a Story
Composition & Musical Textures
The Musical Theatre Song Types
Reprises, Motifs & Repetition
Writing in a Character's Voice
Crafting a Musical Language & Style
Song Structure & Plot Development
Rhyme Scheme & Phonetics
Advanced Music Theory for Theatre
Writing for Performance
Workshopping & Collaboration

Lessons (15)

Apply what you learn

Follow Pasek & Paul’s proven songwriting process

In the class, Pasek & Paul break down their musical theatre process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along step by step to write the songs and stories for your own musical. You can also watch Pasek & Paul’s full process first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects. By following Pasek & Paul’s proven process, you’ll learn everything you need to bring any of your musical ideas to life:

Who’s this class for?
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You’re a fan of Pasek & Paul and are curious to see what happens behind the scenes. You’re looking for inspiration and access to a world you normally can’t see.

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You want to learn exactly how Pasek & Paul do what they do. Watch their real, start-to-finish process, including how they navigates every decision, setback, and more.

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You want to know all of Pasek & Paul’s insider secrets — the exact tools and techniques they uses, their hard-won lessons, and well-guarded industry secrets.

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4.89 (116 reviews)
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Susan Lavelle

Pasek & Paul were authentic and real throughout the whole process and that made a huge difference from other content I've seen anywhere. I learned so much from seeing their genuine process shown vulnerably in front of me. I truly will never be the same in my songwriting and confidence. The lessons were clear, direct, and authentic.

John Frederick

This was just mind-blowing. I knew Justin and Benj were an incredible duo, but this reaffirmed my belief to even higher levels. Knocked my socks off!

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Delilah Blake

It was amazing to be in the writers' room with Benj and Justin. They didn't just lecture us. They really let us peek behind the curtain and watch their process — and throughout, they clued us in on both the magic and the "mechanics" of what they were doing.

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Cheryl Miller Thurston

I was blown away by the music theory video that made more sense to me than anything I've ever studied about theory. I loved watching Pasek and Paul create a musical, and I appreciated how charming and articulate they were. Mostly, I loved learning so much about structuring a musical.

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Jim Novak

The instructors were flat-out great. Their info was immediately useful to me. Their presentation had a good deal of technical or how-to info, which is just what I wanted, and their delivery was really special: they conveyed a sense of spontaneity and even joy.

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Carrie Wrigley

I've been involved with musical theatre most of my life, but loved being taught more about the structure and content of musicals. It helped me make sense of what I've loved and even created for decades. I loved learning from these master creators.

Alicia Benbow

Loved watching Benj and Justin work through their own story and songs. They were amazing how they described everything and it was just soooo useful for my own work and really looking at my characters and their journey.

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Larry Bridges

I got so many insights watching Pasek & Paul actually create a show from scratch. They are amazing.

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Michael Becker

The workshop session with Joshua Henry was out of this world! Getting to be a fly on the wall while they were sharing their genuine creative process was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Zach Anderson

I loved getting a glimpse into the process of two talented creatives who I greatly admire.

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Krystin Lacey

Thanks for the great experience! The video really made me feel like I was part of the process!

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Julie Hartley

The depth and insight Pasek and Pauls' processes brought to my work was amazing.

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meet your instructor
Pasek & Paul

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are Tony, Oscar, and Grammy-winning songwriters best known for their work on the six-time Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the hit movie-musicals La La Land and The Greatest Showman. Their ability to integrate contemporary pop songwriting with the storytelling traditions of classic musical theatre has made them one of the most in-demand songwriting teams for stage, movies, and television projects today.

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Frequently asked questions

$499.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (13h 43m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

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