Songwriting With Dean Fransen


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Virtual Songwriting Workshop 



REGISTRATION  Free to all students; Designed for ages 14-21
Contact Workshop Coordinator, Lorraine Altamura: lorraine@daisyjoplingfoundation.org

Dean Fransen is the Music Director of our Global Music Academy Orchestra and has vast experience as a music producer, composer, arranger, conductor, artist & educator. In this songwriting workshop, Dean provides a forum for students of all skill levels to:

  • Improve techniques in writing both lyrics and music.
  • Learn more about song forms, melody, harmony, and rhythm.
  • Explore the process of creating basic demo recordings.

A major focus of this songwriting workshop will be placed on the process of teamwork and collaborating while discovering personal strengths and weaknesses. A student\'s song may be performed live with The Daisy Jopling Band as part of our Irradiance Concert with 1000 voice virtual children\'s choir at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on June 5, 2021!. Workshops are conducted over Zoom.

Dean Fransen Conducting the Global Music Academy Orchestra at Lincoln Center

Music Mentor - Dean Fransen

Producer, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Music Director, Pianist, Keyboard Artist, Vocalist, and Educator | Download Full Bio

It was meeting Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein in Los Angeles while studying music at California State University at Northridge that motivated Dean Fransen to dedicate his life to music. As a young multi-instrumentalist, Fransen first focused on the trumpet but was later drawn toward the piano where he began songwriting, arranging and composing. He began passionately teaching music part time at Agoura High School (his own alma mater) while still attending college classes. Meeting producer David Foster (Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli) film composer Bill Conti (Rocky) and TV composer Patrick Williams (Mary Tyler Moore Show) led Mr. Fransen to study film scoring with Bob Drasnin (CBS FOX). In 1986 he became the music librarian for composer Lee Holdridge (Neil Diamond, John Denver, and Barbra Streisand). As an apprentice to Stan Sheldon, Fransen helped prepare music notation for the ABC Television show Moonlighting (Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd) and Elton John’s concert “Live in Australia”. He studied record production at UCLA with John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt, Boston, Little River Band).

Mr. Fransen has performed and directed music for over 30 years with a wide array of notable artists and groups such as, Harry Connick, Sr, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Fifth Dimension, Regis Filbin, Nell Carter, Jennifer Holliday and Rosemary Clooney. Fransen is the Co-Founder and Music Director for the New York based national touring ensemble called Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution. He is currently the Co-Founder and Music Director of a music mentorship program in New York called the Global Music Academy Orchestra which is powered by the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation. Fransen currently teaches workshops and mentors musicians of all ages and all levels. Read Full Bio

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Dean Fransen co-produced, administrated, arranged, orchestrated and conducted Daisy Jopling’s Awakening Show in 2016 at The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater and in 2017 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The program includes Rhythm Specialist Michael Feigenbaum, and has included special guests stars from the Broadway stage such as Joni Blondell (42nd Street) and Justin Sargent (Spider-man Turn Off the Dark).