Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting/Expert Profile

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Can answer questions on : Technical aspects of lyric and music compostion; How to give and receive objective critique; Arranging and production; Concrete vs abstract imagery; Use of metaphor; Rhyme techniques; Song Structure; Collaboration; Songwriter Associations; Promotion; Guitar technique; Music Business;

Experience in the area

Grammy-Award-winning songwriter; President of the Connecticut Songwriters Association and Director of the Connecticut Songwriting Academy; Named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry in 2008 by Music Connection Magazine; Author of "Songcrafters' Coloring Book:The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting." Named Independent Artist of the Year,by the 2003 national Independent Music Conference; 30 years as a professional singer-songwriter; 16 original CD's released;
Have had songs placed on other artists' CD's. Twice named Connecticut Songwriter of the Year.
20 years as Executive Director of the LUNCH Ensemble. Have attended more than 200 presentations by top industry professionals and have critiqued thousands of songs. Have written and produced dozens of stage plays and hundreds of concert events; Have coached hundreds of aspiring songwriters, and collaborated with several award winning writers. Have written commissioned songs as an Official Connecticut State Troubadour. Music Director of youth choirs and music camps.


Connecticut Songwriters Association (President); LUNCH Ensemble (Local United Network to Combat Hunger -- Exec, Director); CMEA (Connecticut Music Educators Association); Folk Alliance; Association For Psychological Type; Songsalive; WE R Indie; Creative Songwriting Academy;


Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Succesful Songwriting Songwriters Market (2001, 2002); Connecticut Songsmith; Contemporary Songwriter Magazine; Songwriters Musepaper;
Songcrafter's Coloring Book;   Strategies for Teaching Guitar;


Masters Degree Molecular Biology; Certified MBTI Practitioner (Myers Briggs Type Indicator); Connecticut Secondary Public School Teaching Certificate; Author: "Songcrafters' Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting"

Awards and Honors

2012 Grammy; Named one of the Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry in 2008 by Music Connection Magazine; Independent Artist of the Year, (2003 national Indie Conference); Official Connecticut State Troubadour, appointed by CT Commission on the Arts, 1995 ; 1982 and 1992 CT Songwriter of the Year; 2000 Award for 20 years of Outstanding Service to Songwriters;
2002 CSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education through Music; Numerous awards for outstanding community outreach through music; 1997 Citation from Connecticut Legislature for exemplary dedication to community outreach through music. 1995 Renaissance Award for multiple music achievements in a single year.   Invited Presenter and Mentor at various Music Conventions

What do you like about this subject?

Songs have great power to reach people, and songwriters can be a great force for positive social change.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

The rapid pace of change in music technology requires constant learning to make use of the full range of tools for creating and producing songs.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Songwriting is not just self-expression -- it is the craft of turning self-expression into clear communication.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Songwriting has no actual "rules" but communication does. For a song to achieve a desired effect when heard by a listener, it requires application of various techniques and guidelines.

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Recent Answers from Bill Pere

2015-02-12 Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song:

Sterling,     There can be a lot of technical detail that goes into explaining about key signatures and dealing with accidentals , but here is a brief explanation that should enable you to correctly determine

2015-01-06 What if another songwriter asks for your comment?:

Kevin,     Giving constructive feedback to a fellow songwriter is a very important skill, and takes some practice.  As you correctly point out, if you tell them you don't "like" their song, it can hurt

2014-09-03 Does a songwriter receive money straight away if his song is bought?:

Kevin,     Dealing with income from intellectual property, particularly songs,  is complicated, but if you understand the basic royalty streams and how they are generated, tracked, collected, and distributed

2014-02-18 How are arrangers paid?:

Kevin,    An important an all-too-frequent question.  The short answer is no, such a change in the law would not be warranted, at least under US principles of copyright.  Arrangers already have   adequate

2013-10-06 What to know before contacting a demo singer?:

Liam,     The decision to have a particular vocalist make your demo is a very critical decision, and is not really as simple as you make it sound.   Yes, you can easily send off a track and lead sheet


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