Workshops, Classes & Online Classes


Workshops on the Craft of Songwriting  I'll come in person to your organization, or circle of friends .  Each workshop is 3 hours for a $180 fee plus transportation.

Also offered online: 

Individuals may take classes online at $15 per session (one weekly 3 hour class), 6 sessions (6 weekly 3 hour classes, includes one song critique) for $80 or all 15 sessions for $150 (15 weekly sessions 3 hour sessions, includes 3 song critiques). Discounts for Dallas Songwriters Association Members. 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

  • 5. Writing Your Music Down
  • Lead Sheets
  • TAB/ Notation
  • Music Notation Software

  • 6.  Producing Your Demo
  • When to Record a Demo
  • How to Record a Demo
  • 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.
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 SONGWRITING CLASSES offered at 





CLASSES OFFERED AT COLLIN COLLEGE SPRING CREEK CAMPUS
Songwriting I - 26393 - MUSC 1321 - S01
Collin College
Spring Creek Campus Campus 
Lecture Schedule Type 
Classroom Face to Face Instructional Method 
3.000 Credits 
11:30 am - 12:45 pm TR Spring Creek Campus B154 


Songwriting I - 29576 - MUSC 1321 - S70
Spring Creek Campus Campus 
Lecture Schedule Type 
Classroom Face to Face Instructional Method 
3.000 Credits 
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm W Spring Creek Campus A242
Lecture

Survey of the Music Business - 29583 - MUSB 1305 - S03
Spring Creek Campus Campus 
Lecture Schedule Type 
Classroom Face to Face Instructional Method 
3.000 Credits 
7 pm      T      Spring Creek Campus D113