Music & Lyrics 101 with David Cloyd


Explore songwriting—the inside, the outside, and the mystery in the middle—with an award-winning indie singer/songwriter & recording artist (ECR Music Group, NYC), founder of Hook & Ladder Records, actor, creator, writer, scoring composer, and producer with PizzaDog Studios (including the new web series Cloyd), and co-founder of Buffalo Music Club.

When you’re just starting out as a songwriter, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and get lost in the possibilities. During this monthly workshop, David shines some light on what’s hiding behind the “Music & Lyrics,” then draws a map to help you find your way out of those deep dark woods. Each month, this workshop will include live song analysis (based on attendee suggestions), a Q&A session, and a presentation and discussion on a variety of topics, including:

  • Song forms
  • Harmonic progressions
  • How to analyze a song
  • Separating “the song” from “the recording”
  • How to tap into your three sources of inspiration

Workshop Focus

  • Pursuits: Songwriting

Ages & Skill Levels

  • This workshop is aimed at aspiring artists ages 15 and up
  • Beginner and intermediate students are welcome

Schedule & Price

  • This monthly workshop is currently conducted virtually
  • Normally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month from 4:00pm–5:00pm
  • The price is $10 person
  • Each workshop is limited to 10 people

Check the calendar below for dates and availability. If there are no seats left for your desired date, feel free to contact me at cloyd@buffalomusicclub.com to discuss alternate accommodations.

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About the Artist

DAVID CLOYD is an indie singer/songwriter, recording artist, and composer. Pro music credentials include:

  • Co-Founder, Buffalo Music Club
  • Bachelor of Music Degree, Music Performance, University of Texas at Austin
  • Recording artist and Executive VP Creative Operations, ECR Music Group (NYC)
  • Founder/A&R, Hook & Ladder Records

Primary musical influences include The Beatles, Radiohead, Beck, Peter Gabriel, Glen Hansard, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Björk, Sigur Rós, Stevie Wonder, Punch Brothers, Jeff Buckley, The Police, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, The Beach Boys, Henryk Górecki, Steve Reich, Beethoven, Bartok, Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky, John Adams, Danny Elfman, and Jon Brion.
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