Songwriting Techniques

Course Code: MEL 3076

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This course examines various songwriting techniques through the analysis and practical application of the contemporary popular song form. Students are exposed to a wide range of writing tools for the purpose of deepening the proficiency and quality of their own melodies, harmonies and lyrics. Topics include musical form, melodic hooks, prosody, harmonic loops, rhyme scheme, rhyme types, poetic meter, and point-of-view. Along with opportunities to collaborate with classmates, students will also create, perform and record their own song compositions to receive critical feedback on their creative work.