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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics by Berklee College of Music

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About the Course

There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple “yes” and you’ll be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view. If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, you’ll look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed. The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. You’ll learn to use your tools to enhance your message—to work compositionally at the same time you’re developing your ideas. You’ll be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you’ll have to do is sing your melodies over the loops. Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing. Most important, you’ll have a lot of fun....

Top reviews

Aug 30, 2016

If i could give this course more than 5 stars I would. It has revolutionized my approach to writing lyrics and given me tools and techniques that really blow my mind. Definitely recommend!

Jan 22, 2017

Pat presents with a great demeanour and covers a lot of ground in this course.\n\nI'm definitely a better songwriter for it. This includes the secret to removing writer's block.

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By Tyler C

Jul 24, 2019

Pat Pattison was great at teaching the course!

By Diane S

Oct 2, 2016

This is how you write songs...... Awesome!!!!!

By Dixita S

Aug 7, 2020

great course, had a lot of fun completing it.


Oct 26, 2020

Extremely useful and a must of songwriters

By Jebbie S

Jul 28, 2017

An amazing course! Pat is fun to listen to!

By Mara C

Sep 5, 2017

Very nice course! Useful for lyricist! :)

By Gunilla J E

Jan 10, 2017

Fantastic course, lecturer and feed back!

By 朱思伟

Mar 19, 2017

join us to learn from the beginning!

By Joshua A

Jun 20, 2019

This is amazing. Thank you Berklee

By Francis C

Oct 25, 2020

Very helpful course! Keep it up!

By Mikael R

Sep 7, 2017

Best songwriting experience ever

By Ernesto P

Aug 17, 2018

Impressive. Excellent course.

By Lorand K

Jul 7, 2017

amazing course learning allot

By Iliaz G K

Mar 2, 2019

Me parece bien estructurado.

By Gustavo C A

Apr 21, 2018

Great course, very thorough.

By Dr. B N (

Jun 20, 2018

Fantastic course! Loved it!

By Kevin T

Jan 21, 2017

Pat Pattison for President.

By Kamil K

Jul 8, 2020

Awesome, freaking awesome!

By Owen H

Jun 10, 2018

Very enjoyable and useful.

By Alvison L H A

Oct 21, 2020

Great material, thanks!

By Chanunchida C

Mar 18, 2017

Maybe start a course ab

By John R

Oct 12, 2016

Just what I needed!

By Mustafa S

Sep 27, 2020

I love this Lesson

By Tim F

Mar 12, 2017

Completely awesome