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Progressions: Songwriting

Section 1 -Getting Started

Songwriter in a songwriting process. A male composer write lyrics on a notebook while play

Week 1

"You write a hit the smae way you write a flop" - Alan Jay Lerner

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Tuesday - Introduction

  - How to navigate this course

      - Key chart

      - Rhyming dictionary

      - Presenting songs

      - Workshopping

          - Giving good feedback

          - Receiving feedback

          - Asking for advice

Assignments -

1. Buy a notebook! (one you can work in for the entire course)

2. Find a song and break it down. Write a short description of the song thinking about form, chords, rhyme scheme, imagery, etc. Tell me why you like it, and why you don't

3. Explore the rhyming dictionary as well as the resource section in this progressions course.


Thursday - Doing the work!

- The Songwriting Process

  - The Audience

  - Finding Inspiration

- Habits to develop

     - Carry a notebook

     - Observe and listen

     - Ask questions and be in your head

     - Write, write, write!

     - Read lots of books

     - Make decisions

     - Power through or let it rest

  - Show up to the easel           

  - Your writing space

  - Obstacles

  - Reviewing your repertoire

     - what songs have you started? Finish those.


1. Find at least one song that is unfinished, either in your mind or in your writings and finish it this weekend.

2. Notebook - Somewhere near the front of your notebook, make a list of songwriting topics and a list of titles that you can draw from for this class. You need to have ten topics and twenty titles.

Class Recordings


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Week 2

"I started being a songwriter by pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could." - James Taylor

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Tuesday - No class - Martin Out

Thursday - Workshop #1

- Bring a song that is incomplete

Class Recordings





Week 3

“My advice for songwriters? Sit down and work at it! The more songs you write, the more good songs you’ll have." - Roger McGuinn

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Tuesday - Form and Structure - Instruction


- The song forms

- Rhyme Schemes

- The Musical Alphabet

  - Chords, Voicings

  - Diatonic Triad Chart

- Standard Chord progressions

- Charts

   - Sample Lyric Sheet




Thursday - Workshop #2

  - Bring a song to share.

Class Recordings

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Week 4

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Tuesday - Finding Inspiration - Creation - Discussion class

- Tips for Creativity

- Creativity Exercises

Assignments -

1. Free write for ten minutes using your non-dominant hand. 

Notebook - Make a list of five things that make you feel creative.


Thursday - Section 1 Workshop (In Person)

Bring a song written from Section 1 writing prompts


Class Recordings


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