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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 yulia

May 18, 2017

Big thanks to Pat Pattison for this inspiration and huge experience!


Nov 22, 2021

One of the best courses online covering the topic of lyric writing.

By Samanta G P

May 2, 2017

Awesome! If you are a singer songwriter you need this knowledge!

By Olga L

Jan 19, 2021

Very interesting and inspiring. One of the best courses I took.

By Omar C

Sep 10, 2018

I Learned very very useful tools to be an effective songwriter

By Gabriel Z

Nov 19, 2016

Very very educated course for songwriting, totaly recommended!

By Maria d L L A

May 15, 2017

Awesome course, the teacher legendary! Thank you Coursera!

By Gabriel S T

Jun 9, 2020

Really good! Learned a lot without any prior experience!

By Beautiful M

Jul 12, 2022


That was a great course and I loved that.

Thank you.

By Maretha C

Jul 31, 2020

Very good course like it allot learned new techniques.

By Mohit C

Nov 16, 2021

This is an amazing course! Loved Every part of it :)

By Wahid L

Jun 12, 2017

Great content! I learned so much, I was impressed.

By Soujannya R

Feb 14, 2021

Amazing teacher. One of the best courses, so far.

By Narces V A

Aug 6, 2017

I love it, hope to get my certification ASAP!!!

By soovin_kim

Jul 16, 2017

completely awesome. Learned so much through it!

By Victor M

Oct 28, 2016

Very interesting, unusual and emotional course.

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 Calibr3

Jun 25, 2021


best course one can ever opt for


Mar 22, 2021

i like this lessons thank you very much