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

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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


Feb 12, 2021

This course helped me get over the hump of not being able to write songs. I want to thank Sir Pat for helping me organize my ideas and refine them so that I can tell good stories. Thank you sir!!


Jan 15, 2021

I have been to dozens of workshops and have read dozens of books and have written hundreds of songs. I learned more in this course than in any of the workshops or books. This it top rated stuff!

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By Sweekruti M

Sep 27, 2019

Thanks to Pat for sharing his knowledge. It was a great course and I got to learn a lot. Excited to keep writing. Thank you. :)

By Anish M

Dec 19, 2020

Pretty good but may be challenging for anyone who is just starting our to learn Music but a good course overall.

By Kartik M J

Nov 13, 2020

From the start till the end. It was connected totally. It was much better then the musical theory course anyway

By Jo-Ann B

Oct 2, 2020

I learned a lot in during the course. My only advice is to be more upfront about the time involved.

By Chidinma C

Jun 7, 2020

The weight of a peer review should not be as heavy because they aren't the teacher.

By Jaison C

Jun 14, 2020

Now that it is done, great class. Felt like torture; torture you learn from.

By Daniela T

Jan 16, 2023

It is not a good course for those who are not native speakers of english.

By Dickson B 2

Apr 12, 2021

it was benefiticial for me in helping out basic skills of music

By Samarth K

Aug 31, 2022

good but very boring so its hard to keep doing it

By Ria G

Mar 23, 2024

I got to learn a lot. Very useful course.

By Jonathan G

Feb 8, 2018

fantastic course! I learned a lot. M

By Cristian J

Jan 30, 2022

pretty good

By Richa H

Apr 5, 2020

Wish that the course could consider expectations from an Indian lyric writer. It is good for the students who have a background in Hollywood or west movies / songs.

By scott s

Sep 20, 2016

A bit disorganized and rambling lectures. Good content

By André C

Aug 8, 2016

I thought the lessons were really boring, there are some interesting aspects about it, but it's hard to concentrate, Pat Pattinson couldn't get me hooked up all the time.

By ayush s

Jun 14, 2018

only if you're super interested in learning song writing.


Jun 17, 2020

It is learning experience but few videos get repeated

By Jan M

Apr 6, 2018

For two courses in a row I haven't got my certificate. Your peers give you less than something ridiculous like 80%, and you have to resubmit. Then, the clock is ticking... You have to get submissions in before your peers have marked their proscribed four reviews. This happened on my Web Design course too. I got half way through and selfish peers, not thinking what it means, gave me crappy grades, and I couldn't get high enough grades to get a pass in the rush to get reviewed. I always give ten grades to counter act tight arses, who have let grading go to their heads. You fancy yourself as someone who can give another person a 4, believe me, you're not half as smart as you think, and am actually an arsehole.

By Nick F

Apr 4, 2023

This is an awesome course and really improved my songwriting confidence and technique. The instructor is interesting, and the master class videos are very compelling.

Unfortunately, the peer grading part of it utterly ruins the experience. You have to wait for someone to "grade" the final assignment and then if you don't pass it you are basically stuck in the course, unable to complete it. Considering writing my next song about being stuck in Coursera purgatory.

By Elece

Apr 15, 2023

this review is on the other course I had tried to take with coursera. I went through one module and then I wanted to go back for the next lesson I could not log into the course. I tried to reach out for help, No one answers the phone and there is no real customer services number. I signed up for a trial and I was charged before the trial was over. I still don't know how to login back to canceal nor see my coursera. This was and still is extremly disappointing

By renata

Apr 10, 2020

I canceled the course, and it appears that's its already canceled.

but I can still go to the course. and they didn't send me the cancelation mail.

when I o to ¨my courses´ it appears canceled so there nothing I can do!

can someone help me