Songwriting Courses Online at Berkleemusic.com
By Andrea Stolpe - 12/08/2007 - 06:31 PM EST
I'm so happy to be able to offer the material of Commercial Songwriting
Techniques, part of Berkleemusic's online songwriting program, to
budding and advanced songwriters around the globe. Born from my own
experiences as a staff-writer and performing artist in the commercial
music industry, the techniques exercised in the course focus on writing
more efficiently, prolifically, and commercially. Lyrics are a
stumbling block for many writers, and the first few weeks of the course
attack that monster head-on with tools such as Destination Writing,
Toggling, and differentiating between internal and external language.
By learning to organize these two types of language, we can identify
the strongest pattern that will connect more profoundly to the listener.
songs we know and love have a melodic hook that instantly grabs our
attention, and so focusing on the lyric alone can leave us just short
of a powerful song. Writing simple and catchy melodic motifs for those
lyric areas we want to emphasize improves our songs by a landslide.
Tools for contrast such as changing the lengths of the notes, the
phrases, or simply starting on a different beat in the measure are
simple to implement and produce huge results. We can learn to critique
our own material using these techniques as well, and become fluent in
verbalizing our critique of other songs. From my own experience, being
able to critique my own writing by applying proven tools allows me to
sort through the deluge of opinions we sometimes receive on our songs.
In the end, we simply become more confident writers.
ready to approach your lyric writing from an entirely new angle, gather
new tools for melody, harmony, and your own unique voice, I encourage
you to jump into this course. By the end of 12 weeks, you'll have
dozens of new ideas, hundreds of titles, and 3 fully written songs.
We'll also spend some time finding out what qualities about you draw in
the listener, and how you might continue to emphasize those qualities.
For a full course description and to enroll, visit http://www.berkleemusic.com/
I look forward to meeting you and moving forward with you in your songwriting endeavors.
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