Songwriting (MCO4002.01) (time updated as of 10/4/2023)

Jen Allen

This class will focus on the art of songwriting. What makes a strong melody? What makes an effective chord progression? How do lyrics bring a simple song to life? What are the other elements of a song that can make it a compelling piece of music?

We will study the music of great songwriters and compose pieces in the style of these great musicians. We will also work on bringing our own songs to their fullest potential. Be prepared to write music weekly and share the music you write in class.

Learning Outcomes:
Learning the craft of songwriting
Looking at the poetics of balance and unbalanced form in a song
Learning the craft of arranging a song
Collaboration with peers

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic music theory.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M 3:40PM -5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Composition , Day/Time Changes , Fully In-Person , Two Credit , Updates