Professional Songwriting for the Commercial Market: A Weekly Workout
MUSC X 409.8
In this workshop, songwriters seek to hone their craft through support and critique as each class is divided in two parts: the first section devoted to critiquing student compositions and the second to lectures and discourse.
Examine topics such as the aesthetics of contemporary songwriting and song critique
Learn about song styles, defining character through language, and song ideas
Discuss writing for a mass audience, writing with surprise and payoffs, emotional plot points, and more
Engage with collaboration, deconstruction, and creating real moments in songs
About this course:
This is a workshop for songwriters who are seeking to hone their craft through support and critique. Each class is divided into two parts: the first section is devoted to critiques of songs students perform live or on a recording; the second section features lectures and discussion. Topics include aesthetics of contemporary songwriting and song critique; song styles; defining character through language; writing for a mass audience; song ideas; writing the surprise and payoffs; collaboration; deconstruction, image-making, and emotional plot points; and creating real moments in songs.