Songwriting is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects to music. While many musicians and singers have a strong interest in songwriting, traditional music studies rarely equip them with the necessary tools to be successful. This class will encourage students to write their own material by creating a safe and constructive environment for them to develop.
Using a music theory base and creative process, the class teaches how to write strong melodies and lyrics, how chords work, what good song form is, and how to produce your songs. The class will examine various genres including worship, rock, pop, and country while emphasizing the genre interests of the individual songwriter.
During the first semester, each student will receive a solid foundation on music theory and contemporary music technique and will also write four original songs. The second semester is highlighted by a studio session for each student to record one of their songs, accelerated theory concepts, and a more in-depth approach to music production. From start to finish, this class is hands-on rather than lecture based and will keep students engaged regardless of their specific musical backgrounds.
NOTE: Students who have previously taken Songwriting 1 could join this class at the start of the spring semester!
Tutor: André Rodriguez
Length: Full year.
Grade Level: Grades 6-12
Tuition: $165 per semester plus recording session/listening materials of $50 This fee will be collected second semester due to students in recording booth second half of year.
Class Minimum: 6 students
Text: The Everything Music Theory Book $25 and is purchased by tutor. This text is purchased fall semester and used throughout the year.
Prerequisite: Two years of private instrument or voice lessons.
Homework: 2-3 hours per week