Online Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop Fall Session – 10 weeks – starting  Aug 27 – Nov 5

Includes Part 1  and Part 2    

$160 for fall session – or $150 to DSA Members 

Also offered online: 

 Discounts for Dallas Songwriters Association Members. Fall and Spring – follow along with the Collin College Class each week by receiving class materials and assignments through a yahoo group, which also offers Q and A and discussions.
 
 
Songwriting I PART ONE: Writing Better Lyrics
1.  Introduction to Songwriting:
  • How to talk about music
  • Good Vs. Bad vs. Marketable Music
  • Authenticity
  • How to Evaluate a Song
  • Anatomy of a Song Copyright
  • Professional Organizations
  • Music Conferences – Why Attend?
2. Developing the Flow of Creativity
  • Writing from a Title
  • Object Writing
  • Finding Ideas
  • Analyzing your Favorite Pop Song
3.  Enhancing the Communication of Your Lyric
  • Literary Devices: Making Metaphors and Similes
  • Clichés
  • Learning to Say “No”; Rhyming
  • Rhyme Forms
  • Lyric Meter
4. Meeting the Expectations of Your Listener
  • Popular Song Forms, Past and Present
  • Hooks
5. Keeping Your Listener Interested
  • Verse Development
  • Power Positions
  • Repetition
6.  Polishing Your Final Draft
  • Travelogues
  • Points of View
  • Song Evaluation check sheet

 

  • All courses come with course handouts
  • Recommended reading list
  • A list of key information sources
  • Examples of works to emulate
  • Templates and writing guides.
  • Songwriting I PART TWO : Writing Memorable Melodies
  • 1.  Introduction to Composition:
  • Meter in Music
  • Setting Lyrics to Music
  • Expectations of the listener
  • Authenticity

      2. A Study of Melodic Scales

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Pentatonic
  • Dorian
  • 3.  Theme Development
  • Theme and Variations
  • Simplicity
  • Range and Sing-ability
  • Contrast
  • Timbre
  • Text Painting
  • 4. Chord Progressions
  • Popular Chord Progressions, Past and Present
  • Signature Licks