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.
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)