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Mentorship, teachers, famous composers, pop culture, and much more can affect the songwriting process. Here are moments where composers were influenced profoundly and maybe can offer a little influence on you as well.

Pasek and Paul Chat About Songwriting in the Digital Age:

"Bring It On"'s Miranda, Kitt and Green Sample Their Musical Wares:

Bobby Lopez Speaks About Musical Theatre's Effect on his Life:

Genesis of a Song - with Tim Minchin:

Menken, Feldman and Fierstein Turn Old "Newsies" Into New "Newsies":

Pop Music and New Work as Discussed by Stephen Bray and Allee Willis ("The Color Purple"), Rupert Holmes ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood"), Lucy Simon ("The Secret Garden') and David Yazbek ("The Full Monty"):

Sondheim on His Career, Collaberation, and Mentorship

Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil talk about why they broke from their usual practice of originating their own projects and took on writing The Pirate Queen

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