Songwriting

It happens in a darkened club. On a spotlit stage. Or behind the soundproof walls of a studio. A song unleashes its power and who knows where it’ll go? Songs fuel desire, inspire hope, break hearts, rock worlds, unite people, shake booties, turn blahs into blues, and sometimes make us feel as good as James Brown. All in a mere few minutes.
 
If you dream of taking your music beyond the shower, you’ll want to do it right. Here you will learn the time-tested elements of songwriting craft and how to market your work. 
 
Whether you dig pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, or country, we’ll show you how to write songs that soar.
 
Note:
Songwriting is composed of music and lyrics. The Level I course explores lyric writing and song construction while also touching on musical concepts. The Level II course deals with lyrics and music in equal measure.

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I love that the teacher is in the business herself, so you saw how a song originated from idea to HIT! And when she needed to, she'd pick up her guitar and explain musically.
Eric Sanchez
bartender

Songwriting | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of songwriting craft and gets you writing one (or two) songs. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Songwriting is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 7

Songwriting | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Songwriting Intensive topics include: hooks, song structure, storytelling, merging music and lyrics, performing and producing.

Not available at this time.

Songwriting | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course helps you sharpen your skills at songwriting craft and work toward completion of one or two songs. Writers often repeat Songwriting II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Article Writing I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 7
Tue, 7–10 pm
520 8th Ave.