ASMAC First WEDNESDAYS presents SONGWRITING – The 11-Point Plan with Dr. Richard Niles

15 December 2017

Composer, songwriter and educator Dr. Richard Niles explains his unique system in “SONGWRITING – The 11-Point Plan”.

The book, written in Niles’ trademark amusing style, is informed by his career spanning 40 years working with artists such as Paul McCartney, James Brown and the Pet Shop Boys. His songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Leo Sayer, Deniece Williams, Randy Brecker, Kid Creole and Spike Milligan.

The 11-Point Plan is a proven system to write effective songs. It lets the writer’s imagination, emotion and intellect work together to produce compelling work, time after time – by design, not by guesswork. Each Point of The Plan is interdependent – a system of checks and balances. The book is filled with insights, tips and techniques. There are also challenging songwriting exercises designed to develop your skills, developed from a lifetime of teaching.

Niles will demonstrate the use of The 11-Point Plan with examples from his new album BANDZILLA RISES!!!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

7:00pm Check-In / 7:30pm Program

SCL Member/Student – $5
Non-member/Guest – $10

Valley College Music Bldg.
5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA. 

Advance reservations appreciated

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“Richard Niles is a savant with a sense of humor to match. His writing is insightful, educational and downright hilarious!” Dee Bramble (Songwriter/producer American Idol, David Bowie, Whitney Huston, Faith Hill) 

“When you are talking musical pedagogy, Richard Niles is the Daddy. He explains the mechanics of music better than everyone else… Not only does Niles know what he’s talking about, he imparts his knowledge with clarity and certainty.” The Times (London)


“Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force.”
20 x Grammy winning artist Pat Metheny

Dr. RICHARD NILES’ 40+ year career spans TV & film, pop, R&B, rock and jazz as a composer, producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, conductor, TV Musical Director, BBC Radio broadcaster, guitarist, singer, recording artist, author and educator. He has contributed to over 40 hits.

Credits:  Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, James Brown, Pat Metheny, Cher, Michael McDonald, Mariah Carey, Dusty Springfield, Deniece Williams, Bob James, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Lulu, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Was Not Was, The Troggs, Paul Carrack, Jane Monheit, Sarah Brightman, Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Take That, Michel Legrand, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, The London Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Songs recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Deniece Williams, Leo Sayer.

Film music: Do the Right Thing, Boys & Girls, Billy Eliot, The Strike, Christmas Carol)

TV commercials: (over 100 including Max Factor, McDonalds, Disneyland, Toshiba).

Recordings as leader: BANDZILLA Blue Movies, BANDZILLA Bandzilla Rises!!!, Hi-Tek, Santa Rita, Club Deranged, Katalyst.

Host/writer BBC music documentaries (1994-2012). PhD from Brunel University.

Author: The Pat Metheny Interviews, Polymetrics, The Invisible Artist, From Dreaming To Gigging, Songwriting – The 11-Point Plan, The Bandzilla Songbook

Educator: Berklee College Of Music, USC, UCLA, CalState, Musician’s Institute).

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