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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 Cathy M

Sep 8, 2023

Achei muito complicado de entender, mas talvez não seja a minha área ideal. Porém, o conteúdo é excelente, com relação a isso não há dúvidas.

By Karina V (

Aug 26, 2022

i've been writing for years with no structure and this corse helped me gather my words with the right tools to complete the song. thank you

By Kinley P

Jul 29, 2020

Truly opened my eyes about how much more can be achieved through lyrics. Enjoyed the course and definitely helped me better my songwriting.

By Black K

Jun 6, 2021

Please never discontinue the course. I love Pat's wisdom. The knowledge gained leaves so much room for students to explore and improve on.

By Arthur H

Aug 26, 2017

Best course I've ever done.

I learned so much about about the craft of lyric writing. I will be watching these videos over and over again.

By Marcus

Jun 29, 2017

Great, in-depth content with an incredible instructor. Would recommend this class to any songwriter that wants to dive deeper into lyrics.

By Guy B

Dec 17, 2017

This is an excellent course- lots of outstanding content and the assignments really make you work and absorb the techniques. Thanks Pat!

By Elina V

Dec 15, 2021

It's just a wonderful course. It was a huge step forward for me. Thanks to Coursera. Thanks to Berklee College of Music. Thank you Pat.

By Alperen

Sep 21, 2021

I loved it. Pat Pattinson is a great teacher for this course and i especially liked the part with Allison Rapetti, It taught me a lot!

By David A

Aug 9, 2016

This course provides excellent tools for idea development, considering elements like points of view, stability/instability and rhyme.

By Anuja s

Nov 8, 2020

It was awesome experience to learn songwriting ... ,melody.. ,lyric writer...blessed to get this learning experience.. Thank you!

By Kat N

Apr 30, 2021

This course offers so many specific, usable tools and techniques to improve your songwriting. I'm so grateful to have found it!

By Ravi A

May 3, 2021

This course is so good, the way Pat teaches is so good and he'll never make you feel that songwriting is something difficult.

By Shawn M S

Oct 29, 2018

Amazing course! I almost cannot believe how much I have learned within a relatively short span of time. I am hungry for more!

By Ariana M P T

Dec 25, 2020

Muy interesante, aprendí mucho, aunque me hubiera gustado tener más conocimiento de música antes de iniciar el curso jeje :)

By Tam N

Nov 1, 2018

a challenging course, perhaps because I have no previous experience. I'm glad I've learned a lot from it and completed it!

By Daniel L M

Jun 9, 2017

Amazing course! Explained things simply and easily. I think my songwriting will be much improved after taking this course!

By Mary H

Jul 22, 2019

Really great course especially for the price! I enjoy listening to Pat Pattison and interacting with the other students.

By Riesa C

Mar 21, 2022

This course was so much fun. I really enjoyed Instructor Pat's teaching method. I'm excited to lear more. Thank You!

By Rippleytrigger

Oct 11, 2022

Such a great course!!! Pat is a wonderful teacher!!! I've learned so many things and tricks. I hope to keep writing!

By Luisa U

Jul 25, 2021

This is a really useful and interesting course thta helps you to delevop a song using efficient tools for songwriters

By Joseph A

Jan 2, 2024

Thank you so much for the knowledge you have shared to us Pat Pattison. This be a treasure for me for this lifetime.

By Muharrem B

Dec 15, 2020

If you are really care about writing lyrics, I highly recommend taking this this course. Teached me a lot. Thanks.

By Josué M G L

Sep 15, 2020

un curso muy útil y revelador para todas las personas interesadas en escribir historias a través de las canciones

By Gabriel B T

Jan 6, 2022

Muy completo en cuanto a la letra me gustaria que hubiera mas puntos para aprender a componer la música tambien.