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Hours to complete

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

English

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

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 35 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
5 readings, 1 quiz
Reading5 readings
A Note From Pat10m
A Note From Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Journey of the Song

By the end of this lesson, you will see how to develop your song idea so it creates an interesting journey from start to finish. You’ll understand your options developing the point of view of your song and will be introduced to the songwriter’s six best friends....
Reading
4 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Boxes: Your Development Engine11m
Six Best Friends7m
Song Form6m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 1 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 1 Song List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Point of View and The Development Engine28m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Stopping and Going

By the end of this lesson, you will understand the concept of prosody as it relates to the number of lines/musical phrases in a section and to line lengths/musical phrases. You’ll create both stable and unstable line/musical groupings, using an odd or even number of lines and musical phrases. Using these tools, you’ll write a verse and chorus....
Reading
6 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Practice: Stable or Unstable?2m
Five Compositional Elements1m
Effects of Number of Lines8m
Length of Lines9m
Effects of Length of Lines14m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 2 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 2 Song List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Stopping and Going30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Sonic GPS—Mapping Your Song with Rhyme

By the end of this lesson, you will understand the relationship of rhyme schemes to prosody. You’ll create both stable and unstable sections, using various rhyme schemes to show your ear the way to go home. Using these tools, you’ll write a new verse and chorus....
Reading
8 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Rhyme Scheme, Part 214m
Perfect Rhyme6m
Family Rhyme18m
Finding Family Rhymes2m
Additive and Subtractive Rhyme10m
Assonance Rhyme5m
Consonance Rhyme12m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 3 Suggested Reading10m
Lesson 3 Song List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Sonic GPS—Mapping Your Song with Rhyme30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Making It Move

By the end of this lesson, you will understand language rhythms—the difference between stressed and unstressed syllables and how to put rhythm in your lines, preparing them to join into the dance with musical rhythm. Using these tools, you’ll put last week’s verse and chorus to music....
Reading
8 videos (Total 63 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
One-Syllable Words9m
Stressed vs. Unstressed Syllables9m
Rhythm13m
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
Reading1 reading
Lesson 4 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Making It Move30m

Instructor

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Pat Pattison

Professor

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....

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