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Approx. 23 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • Define and identify the point of view, form, and the "who, what, where, when, and how" in a song

  • Identify whether a lyric is stable or unstable through the use of line lengths, number of lines, stressed and unstressed syllables, and melody

  • Utilize the various rhyming techniques to evoke specific emotions in a song and define the difference between Assonance and Consonance rhyme

  • Use phrasing to clarify your ideas

Skills you will gain

MusicMusic recordingPoetrySongwriting

Learner Career Outcomes

30%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

17%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

There is no prior experience or knowledge required to enroll in this course.

Approx. 23 hours to complete
English

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Welcome to Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

2 hours to complete
6 readings
6 readings
A Note From Pat10m
A Note From Your Course Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Join the Discussion!10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
5 hours to complete

The Journey of the Song

5 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Boxes: Your Development Engine11m
Six Best Friends7m
Song Form6m
5 readings
Lesson 1 Suggested Reading2h 10m
Lesson 1 Song List10m
Developing an Idea from the Title10m
"Fool's Gold" Development Example10m
Join Your Study Group10m
2 practice exercises
Point of View and The Development Engine30m
Reflection: Developing an Idea from the Title30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Stopping and Going

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 45 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Practice: Stable or Unstable?2m
Five Compositional Elements1m
Effects of Number of Lines8m
Length of Lines9m
Effects of Length of Lines14m
3 readings
Lesson 2 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 2 Song List10m
Join Your Study Group10m
1 practice exercise
Stopping and Going30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Sonic GPS—Mapping Your Song with Rhyme

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 80 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Rhyme Scheme, Part 214m
Perfect Rhyme6m
Family Rhyme18m
Finding Family Rhymes2m
Additive and Subtractive Rhyme10m
Assonance Rhyme5m
Consonance Rhyme12m
3 readings
Lesson 3 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 3 Song List10m
Join Your Study Group10m
1 practice exercise
Sonic GPS—Mapping Your Song with Rhyme30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Making It Move

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 71 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
One-Syllable Words9m
Stressed vs. Unstressed Syllables9m
Rhythm13m
Phrasing8m
Master Class: Melodic Rhythm and Lyric Rhythm, Part 14m
Master Class: Melodic Rhythm and Lyric Rhythm, Part 24m
Master Class: Melodic Rhythm and Lyric Rhythm, Part 34m
Master Class: Melodic Rhythm and Lyric Rhythm, Part 46m
2 readings
Lesson 4 Suggested Reading10m
Join Your Study Group10m
1 practice exercise
Making It Move30m

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