The University of the arts

Songwriting Workshop
The University of the Arts

MMD 9420N 01 Songwriting Workshop

MMD 9420N 01

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Kevin Hanson



Spring 2019

  • (Mar. 7 to Apr. 11)
  • Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $240 / Fees: $15
Explore the fundamentals of songwriting - and try your hand at it yourself - in this course designed for both aspiring and experienced songwriters. Learn, analyze, and apply the foundational and structural elements of songwriting through this collaborative, growth-oriented experience. The ground rules of songwriting are outlined, then applied toward your own composition - bringing out your inner songwriter! No previous music training is required.

Course Overview

This course will look at the various techniques of songwriting through the listening, analysis and performance of songs. We will explore the craft of songwriting through the listening, analysis and writing of songs. Each day of class will include discussions of selected songs based on their form/structure. These songs will vary greatly in mood, groove and lyrical content. Components of each featured song will include: song form; feel/groove; melody; chord progressions; lyrics: content, rhythm and rhyme schemes; mood/vibe. Discussions will include: a featured songwriter, real-time in-class songwriting, students’ songs discussion, watching interviews of our favorite songwriters.

What will you learn in this course?

At the end of this course, students will: 
• Demonstrate an ability to analyze a song’s form, melody, basic harmonic structure, lyrical devices including stress syllable schemes and rhyming schemes, and mood.

• Demonstrate an ability to write lyrics given a set of parameters.


• Students should bring a laptop, if owned

• Pen and paper/notebook

• Instrument (if applicable and owned)