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.
What you can learn.
- 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 CD; 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.