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LLI7904

Course
LLI7904
Course Title
Songwriting Made Easy

Description

If you have ever dreamed of becoming a songwriter but were unsure where to begin, this course will answer the mysteries of songwriting.  You'll explore song ideas, melodies, co-writing, song and story structure technique, rhyme schemes, lyric development, the "marriage" of melody and lyrics, chord structure and playing in public. You will also study music theory as it relates to songwriting and investigate the business of songwriting: demo recording, music publishing, record release and protecting your songs. 

Objectives

  • Students will learn the techniques of the songwriting process and the building blocks and skills necessary to write well written songs.

Content

  • Song Ideas
  • Story Structure
  • What is a "hook" and how to use it
  • Verses, choruses, bridges
  • Rhyme with reason
  • How to create a marriage of lyrics and music
  • Developing the glue - chord structure
  • The grand finale

Prerequisites

  • None

Method of Instruction

  • Classroom instruction, class participation and homework assignments

Evaluation

  • Exam:  No
  • Class Participation:  Yes
  • Demonstration of Skills:  Yes