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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 Paulo R U

May 2, 2019

Excellent course! Great content! Loved this! The best course I have done on Coursera so far!

By Denise M

Dec 28, 2020

Really enjoyed this course. I hope there is another course in song-writing. Maybe by genre.

By Jaime D J A

Sep 11, 2020

Amazing course, I highly recommend it for anyone struggling to write or finish song lyrics.

By Carreen P

Jan 26, 2018


By Vasileia M

Oct 8, 2017

Amazing! I've learned so much about songwriting at this course. Enjoyed it to the fullest.

By Ricardo W

Aug 9, 2017

Great course with good content and a very good tutor in Pat Pattison. I really enjoyed it.

By Bailey F

Oct 16, 2022

Learned way more then I expected, and am so excited to put everything I learned to use!

By Daniel D

Feb 14, 2021

Amazing insights in this course. I will never listen to any song in quite the same way.

By Larissa

Jan 18, 2024

I loved this course! Useful and entertaining lessons, professor Pat Pattison is great.

By bdclaus

May 1, 2017

Opened up everything for me. Never wrote before and now I write many times a day.

By Inês A

Jun 21, 2021

Learned a lot of things I've never thought about before and loved the instructor!

By Kaizen C

Jun 10, 2021

Amazing instructor! Tools taught were useful and allowed much room for creativity

By Kevin K

Mar 11, 2018

What a great course, by an amazing teacher. I'm very grateful for the experience!

By Jonathan Y

Mar 29, 2020

It's a great resource for learning to write music, thank you very much Berklee!

By Zully A O C

Aug 23, 2020

Great course, Great professor. Takes longer than it looks but you learn a lot!

By Lourdes C V

Jul 28, 2020

its really well explain, the teacher gives a lot of examples and it very clear

By Luis M R R

Apr 7, 2017

I've learned here, what I have not learned in 4 years of college: discipline.

By Diego O V

Aug 5, 2020

Everything I needed for keeping me in shape in my own poetry path. Thanks!

By mario n

May 10, 2019

Beautiful and very interesting course. Congratulations to our teacher Patt

By Jay M

Oct 18, 2018

Second time I'm taking the course. Everything I needed. Again, in a way :)

By Nevaeh C

Feb 23, 2019

Definitely helpful to people trying to write songs. 5 stars from me :)

By Fabs R

Apr 11, 2022

IT WAS VERY HELPFUL. AL the tools this course has to offer are gold.

By Kellie J

Jun 10, 2021

Excellent! I genuinely learned a ton and wrote a song I really like!

By Ánderson C

Mar 27, 2021

Excelente Curso, llenó por completo mis espectativas. Gran Profesor.

By Christoph A

Nov 13, 2017

I love this course! Helps me a lot! Pat Pattison is a great teacher.