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Approx. 36 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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

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

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

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    Use phrasing to clarify your ideas

Skills you will gain

MusicMusic recordingPoetrySongwriting

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. 36 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
A Note From Pat10m
A Note From Your Course Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
2 hours to complete

The Journey of the Song

4 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Boxes: Your Development Engine11m
Six Best Friends7m
Song Form6m
4 readings
Lesson 1 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 1 Song List10m
Developing an Idea from the Title10m
"Fool's Gold" Development Example10m
2 practice exercises
Point of View and The Development Engine28m
Reflection: Developing an Idea from the Title18m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Stopping and Going

6 videos (Total 45 min), 2 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
2 readings
Lesson 2 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 2 Song List10m
1 practice exercise
Stopping and Going30m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Sonic GPS—Mapping Your Song with Rhyme

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

Making It Move

9 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 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
1 reading
Lesson 4 Suggested Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Making It Move30m
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Top reviews from Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

By SJAug 31st 2016

If i could give this course more than 5 stars I would. It has revolutionized my approach to writing lyrics and given me tools and techniques that really blow my mind. Definitely recommend!

By CTJan 23rd 2017

Pat presents with a great demeanour and covers a lot of ground in this course.\n\nI'm definitely a better songwriter for it. This includes the secret to removing writer's block.

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Pat Pattison

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About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

About the The DIY Musician Specialization

With social media platforms and powerful recording technology at your fingertips, it’s easier now than ever before to create music and share it with your fans. But where do you begin and how do you get started? This specialization will take you through the process of writing, recording, and producing your own music in order to gain the practical skills you need to record music within ProTools, which is the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation. You’ll also work to develop an artist identity, vision, and brand for your music and learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund your music career....
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