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 songwriting workshop: 

10 weekly sessions for $160, 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 1: Writing Better Lyrics, Part 2 Melody Writing
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
  • Points of View 
  • Song Evaluation check sheet
  • Travelogues
7. Introduction to Composition
  • Meter in Music 
  • Setting Lyrics to Music 
  • Expectations of the listener 
  • Authenticity 
  • A Study of Melodic Scales 
  • Major 
  • Minor 
  • Pentatonic 
  • Dorian 
8. Theme Development 
  • Theme and Variations 
  • Simplicity 
  • Range and Sing-ability 
  • Contrast 
  • Timbre 
  • Text Painting 


9. Chord Progressions
     •  Popular Chord Progressions, Past and Present
     •  Signature Licks

10.  Producing Your Demo
  • When to Record a Demo 
  • How to Record a Demo 
  • Writing Your Music Down 
  • Lead Sheets 
  • TAB/ Notation 
  • Music Notation Software 
  • 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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SURVEY OF MUSIC BUSINESS CLASS OUTLINE

1. Course Overview: Organization, “State of the Union” 
2. Artist Development, Artist Management, Publicity and Branding 
3. Songwriting and Copyright 
4. Music Publishing , PROS 
5. Record Labels, Mega Entertainment Corps 
6. Recording, Unions and Guilds 
7. Marketing, Marketing Plans, Advertising, Promotion
8. Distribution, Merchandising 
9. Concerts and Live Performance

10. Tour Merchandise, International






CLASSES OFFERED AT COLLIN COLLEGE SPRING CREEK CAMPUS

Songwriting I - 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 - MUSC 1321 - S02
Spring Creek Campus Campus 
Lecture Schedule Type 
Classroom Face to Face Instructional Method 
3.000 Credits 
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm M Spring Creek Campus A242
Lecture

Survey of the Music Business  - 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