My vision for education is that it should prioritize cultural exploration, self-mindedness, innovation and collaboration, while studying the craft of music.

Teaching songwriting and lyric writing techniques at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Teaching songwriting and lyric writing techniques at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

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WORKSHOPS

Through Alper's international background and deep knowledge of diverse music styles and languages, these workshops aim to inspire students of any practice to cultivate a curiosity for innovation, artisanship and collaboration, while providing an inclusive and open minded learning space.  By creating such learning experiences,  the purpose is to have students ultimately thrive not only artistically, but also as a person. 

 

MUSIC PRODUCTION WITH ABLETON LIVE                                                (WITH EMPHASIS ON SONGWRITING)

This masterclass aims to equip the students with basic tools to produce an original song with at least two contrasting sections, utilizing MIDI instruments, audio tracks and automation. The class will feature step-by-step instruction with interactive listening sessions and Q&A.

 

BRANDING AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ARTISTS

At a time when we are exposed to marketing and advertising in all aspect of our lives, artists need to find new ways to stand out. As some of the oldest content creators and storytellers in history, artists can utilize a combination of branding and storytelling to differentiate themselves and to create compelling content. This masterclass will focus on strategies to create a consistent brand, story and visual identity for artists, which can be used to develop compelling social media strategy, sponsorships and ultimately, new revenue streams for the artist. 

SONGWRITING AND LYRIC WRITING

This workshop will be an introduction to basic songwriting and lyric writing techniques. Students will develop a sense of form, melody, harmony, rhythm and motivic development. Moreover, the students will also be introduced to lyric writing concepts such as rhythm, rhyme, and form. This workshop will also touch upon uses of form, approaches to hooks, writing to existing melody and collaboration. 

 

ADVANCED COLLABORATION AND ACCOMPANIMENT TECHNIQUES (FOR GUITAR PLAYERS + VOCALISTS)

This workshop is a collection of best practices to obtain the optimum results of a collaboration between a vocalist and guitar player. These principles can also be applied and expanded for larger ensemble formats. 

Alper put definition and meaning to some techniques that I already used but also opened my eyes to new ways to make people feel what I am feeling when I’m writing songs and to convey the message better. It freed me from certain restrictions that I had put on myself about number of lines, words in a song. and how everything doesn’t always have to rhyme. His method of teaching is very interactive and his examples are very precise so its easy to grasp everything. Didn’t feel awkward to ask questions and the atmosphere was very friendly. I would certainly go for one more of his lectures on advanced techniques.
— Sankha Bee - Songwriter (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Alper explains lyric writing techniques.

Alper explains lyric writing techniques.

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