Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriting Workshop
MUSC X 404.4
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Of interest to beginners as well as more experienced songwriters, this course offers a supportive and inspirational writing workshop environment focusing on three interrelated aspects of songwriting: form, theme, and content.
What you can learn.
- Perform practical exercises and write lyrics to improve your songwriting skills
- Focus your writing on story telling and expanding rhyming and specificity
- Analyze hit songs by The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Joni Mitchell, and more
- Receive feedback on finished songs
About this course:
Of interest to beginning, as well as more experienced songwriters, this course offers a fun, supportive and inspirational writing workshop environment. Instruction focuses on three equally important and interrelated aspects of songwriting: form, theme, and content. Each week, students perform practical exercises and write lyrics to strengthen their songwriting skills. Exercises are designed to focus storytelling, and to expand on rhyming while adding specificity and color to songs. Hit songs, by such writers as Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars provide templates for commercial lyric writing. Ultimately, each participant's lyrics are evaluated by the hit song formula: to entertain, to tell the truth, and to connect with your audience.