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Songwriting for Narrative Works: TV, Film, and Musicals

Step inside the unique world of songwriting for a narrative. In this class, award-winning songwriter Sam Haft shows you his end-to-end process for creating songs that carry a story — the same process he's used in projects like the hit A24 series Hazbin Hotel and many more. Follow along as he writes, records, and produces two brand-new songs for upcoming narrative projects.

$179.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (7h 3m)

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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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RIAA Platinum-selling songwriter and recording artist whose work has garnered billions of streams/views, with a focus on songwriting for film, TV, and musicals.
What you’ll learn
How to interface with creative teams to best represent their vision using music
How to get a song started immediately, without waiting for inspiration to strike
How to break down songwriting into a streamlined, simple, and fast process
How to represent characters and story beats with your music and lyrics
How to abandon perfectionism and focus on communicating your ideas well
How to deliver your finished demo to creative teams for a cast recording

Class Overview

Real Projects, Real Songs, Real Stakes
Get a rare peek behind the curtain at the TV/Film songwriting process on a professional level. Sam has four days to get two very different songs from two different creators assigned, started, written, recorded, edited, and delivered. There's just one catch: neither you nor Sam knows what they are yet! These are not example songs designed as teaching tools, but a look at how the sausage is made using Sam's day-to-day professional work, on real, produced narrative projects. Come along as you're guided through the process making a song for season three of indie cartoon HELLUVA BOSS created by Vivienne Medrano, and for upcoming feature film SILVER ALERT created by Jackson Prince.

Lessons (6)

Apply what you learn

Learn professional-level narrative songwriting, step by step

In the class, Sam Haft breaks down his creative process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along with Sam’s process step by step and write your own professional quality narrative-driven song. You can also watch Sam’s process in full first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects. By following Sam's process, you’ll learn everything you need to write production-ready narrative demos like these:

Who’s this class for?
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You're a songwriter of any level interested in creating memorable, story-driven work.

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You're a narrative writer interested in the process of integrating music into your world.

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You're a fan of TV/film/theater music and want to observe how this work comes to life.

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meet your instructor
Sam Haft

Sam Haft is an RIAA Platinum-selling songwriter, best known as one half of "the internet's biggest gaming band" [NME], The Living Tombstone, as well as co-writing the songs for A24's raunchy cartoon musical, Hazbin Hotel, now a series on Prime Video. Sam was born and raised in New York City, where he made a name for himself in the comedy music space as part of Sam & Bill, with their debut album "Sam & Bill Are Huge" topping Amazon's comedy charts upon its release. From there, writing alongside Yoav Landau as part of The Living Tombstone, he co-wrote 2017's "My Ordinary Life," a song with three quarters of a billion streams on Spotify and Youtube alone. Since 2021 he's been a primary songwriter for the animated works of Vivienne Medrano — colloquially known as "Vivziepop" — on her smash hit indie series Helluva Boss, as well as her animated musical with A24, Hazbin Hotel.

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Frequently asked questions

$179.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (7h 3m)

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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

  • include icon

    Unlimited lifetime access

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