Best Songwriting Courses

Find the best online Songwriting Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Songwriting Courses.

Band as Business, Musician as Entrepreneur

How to earn a career as a professional musician by composing, performing and recording the songs you love to share.

Created by John Snyder - Make Music, Make Meaning, Make Money


Students: 11012, Price: Free

Students: 11012, Price:  Free

How do I earn money with music? Every musician asks themselves this question at some point. Few receive an answer in the form of a career in music.

This course gives you all the answers you need to succeed as a professional musician. 

Musician as Entrepreneur: Band as Business features over 5.5 hours of insightful video interviews with 70 of the top music business minds. We won't bore you with lectures. We offer only practical, specific, real-world advice from the likes of Jimmy Iovine, Glen Ballard, Irv Gotti, Jerry Moss, Martin Atkins, Ray Parker Jr., Randy Newman, Don Passman, Dave Stewart, Wayne Kramer and Lawrence Lessig, to name just a few.

Alongside the video, in-depth PDF lesson guides are provided to steer you through the course. Each section covers a critical component of the music career, and you'll find a book's worth of material to pore through. We also list additional online resources from Artists House so you can dive deeply into your area of interest.

The purpose of this course is to help musicians make money by understanding that the music they write, record and perform creates business and legal rights that will help them create sustainable careers.  It’s practical, it’s philosophical, and it’s determined to help you, the musician, and you the music entrepreneur, understand the legal foundations and business opportunities inherent in doing what you love.   

  • How to think: Understand musicians, bands, and performing artists as businesses and the best practices available for their sustainability.
  • How to know: Understand excellence in respect of the production processes and the specific legal and business consequences of a musician’s creative work.
  • How to share: Understand the process and consequences of publishing, sharing, giving, licensing, distributing, selling, and marketing opportunities in respect of the creative work of the musician and the performing artist.
  • The way forward: Understand the processes for sustainability and continuity, the availability and role of online resources and outsourcing, and the importance of personal development and business growth. 

Song Science #1: How Pros Use 6 Chords to Write Hit Songs

Practical songwriting theory for songwriters. Break out of your songwriting habits and develop new chord progressions.

Created by Musicians Inspired - 50,000+ Students, 7,000+ Reviews, 12 Courses


Students: 9222, Price: $49.99

Students: 9222, Price:  Paid

Songwriting can be a lot of fun when you understand how chords work.

Especially if you've been using the same chords over and over again and want to write something fresh!

In this course, I show you how professional songwriters put together chords when songwriting. There are certain rules they follow. Once you understand the rules you can choose to use or break them.

We'll use real life example to demonstrate how the 6 most used chords in popular music work and work together.

Every lecture builds on the next lecture and is easy to follow. By the end you should be able to take a song concept, and start building chord progressions that make sense.

I you love songwriting and you want to start writing songs outside of your comfort zone, this course is for you.

I hope to see you on the inside!


The Basics Of Pro Songwriting

Learn all the basics of writing commercial songs, plus the EXACT method used by Pro's

Created by Tom Worth - Professional Songwriter and Songwriting Coach


Students: 9202, Price: $49.99

Students: 9202, Price:  Paid

Ready to Drastically Improve Your Songwriting?

Whether you’ve never written a song in your life, or you’ve been writing for years and want to step up your game…my video course will have you writing songs like the Pro's.

So there are countless books, videos, and classes that teach songwriting. What makes my video course better, or even different? Good question. All of these other sources can teach you how to write a song. What’s a verse, chorus, bridge, etc…and yes, I will certainly teach you all of these things.

But in addition to the basics of songwriting, I teach you the basics of PRO songwriting. I’ve been a professional and successful songwriter for over 10 years and in this course I show you the exact method my colleagues and I use to write commercial songs every day. The exact same songwriting method that has been used to write countless #1 hit songs on the pop, country, christian, and rock charts!

I’ll also identify the most common mistakes songwriters make that instantly turn off industry professionals. If you’re currently making these mistakes, I can almost guarantee you won’t have success. Sorry…I don’t make the rules…but I know them, and now you can too!

Songwriting: Creative Lyric Writing Approaches

Creative Lyric Writing Approaches

Created by Academy of Music & Sound Online - Online Music Academy based in the UK


Students: 8917, Price: Free

Students: 8917, Price:  Free

Welcome to 'Songwriting: Creative Lyric Writing Approaches', a free course developed by AMSOnline, the online degree platform for The Academy of Music & Sound. Before you get started on the materials, please take a few minutes to read through the information within this Introduction section in order to understand who & what this course is intended for, how to navigate through the course and to meet your Tutor and The Academy.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners through to experienced songwriters; anyone who wishes to invigorate or reinvigorate their lyrical output. This course aims to equip you with a number of writing techniques and creative tools that will get you inspired and committed to your writing aspirations.

What will you learn?

The syllabus for this course is set out over four weeks, with each week focusing on different areas of lyric writing. Each week provides helpful, practical, creative conversations and activities in order to help you grow as a songwriter and communicator. Here is a breakdown of the topics covered within the next four weeks:

Week 1 - 'Show, Don't Tell' - Journalling & Sensory Writing
Week 2 - 'Collecting Inspiration' - Art as Theft & Mining
Week 3 - 'Storytelling' - Narrative & Metaphor Creatio
Week 4 - 'Keeping it Real' - Prosody & Finishing a Song

SONGWRITING SIMPLIFIED: Music Theory, Melody & Creativity

Songwriting for PIANO and GUITAR. Chord Progressions, Scales, Melodies, and Lyrics... with no Music Reading!

Created by Steve Glazer - Musician, Songwriter, Teacher, Entrepreneur


Students: 8216, Price: $99.99

Students: 8216, Price:  Paid

Writing a song is not as difficult as you think!  If you can play some basic chords on Piano or Guitar, this course will teach you literally everything you need to know to get you started writing songs like the pros:  Practical Music theory, Chord Progressions, Melodies, Song Structure, Lyric Writing, Creativity, Songwriting Tips & Tricks, and... YOU WON'T HAVE TO READ A NOTE OF MUSIC!  And if you are a beginner player, you'll learn even more about Chords and Scales throughout the course. 

SONGWRITING SIMPLIFIED will take Pianists and Guitarists step by step through the entire songwriting process, and by the end of the course, you will have written a complete song: Chords, Melodies, and Lyrics!  

ALSO:  Are you a singer who is frustrated by having to depend on someone else to help you write your songs?

No problem!  This course will teach you basic chords on piano and guitar to get you started writing basic Chord Progressions to help you communicate your songs to other musicians you're playing or writing with.

Also included in the course:

  • Easy-to-read charts of Piano Chords AND Guitar Chords for all Major and Minor Keys. 

  • Easy-to-read charts of Piano Scales AND Guitar Scales for all Major and Minor Keys. 

  • Samples of hit Chord Progressions used in Pop, Country and Rock styles.

  • Insider tips that will help you write catchier melodies (hooks) in minutes.

  • Details on how to Transpose any song into a key that fits your vocal range.

  • Over 20 FREE Downloadable PDF's

  • And much more!

Songwriting & Music Production In GarageBand- A Total Guide!

Learn how to use the powerful tools that GarageBand offers for creative songwriting and high quality music production!

Created by Dean Davis - Songwriter, Producer, Music Instructor


Students: 6837, Price: $119.99

Students: 6837, Price:  Paid

Is this course for you??  Check out these reviews from recent students-

"Wow. I just learned more in 15 minutes than I did in an entire semester of a digital music class I took in college."  -Jordan Miller

"I rarely leave reviews for anything but I had to leave one for this course!  I've always wanted to record my music but thought it was too complicated... This course helped me get past those misconceptions and I am now recording all the time with ease... This instructor is easy to follow and really funny which makes it fun to watch. And the quality of these video lessons are incredible... I would recommend it to anyone looking to grow in recording their own music through GarageBand." -Austin St.Laurent

"Very informative, practical, easy to understand, funny and it's getting me excited to write music!" -Sam Masterson

"Great course on Garageband and thorough introduction to modern music production techniques." -George Theotokis

"Hands down the best introduction to GarageBand out there. Dean takes it from the basics, but fills in enough detail to keep the course engaging and inspiring even if you have a little experience with the program already. He has a really fun teaching style, which makes for an entertaining as well as informative course. Probably the best thing about it is the fact that there are lots of examples of real songs Dean has written and produced in GarageBand. These aren't just great for demoing GarageBand techniques, but they're also pretty inspirational as jump boards for your own songwriting too. Really happy with the course - recommend it wholeheartedly for anyone just starting out, or returning to GarageBand after a long time away!" -Richard West-Soley

Are you a SONGWRITER who is eagar to write, record, and mix your music in GarageBand but you have no idea how to get started?!  This course is designed to take you on a step by step journey through the entire lifecycle of your song.  We'll learn how to write, record, edit, mix, and master your music with high quality!

In section 1, we'll start by mastering the basics of the GarageBand interface and then discover the powerful songwriting tools that GarageBand offers you for creative, dynamic songwriting.  

In section 2, we'll dive into the tools that GarageBand offers for producing- recording, editing, mixing, & mastering- your music with high quality (and have a lesson on how to share & sell your music online for free)!  

In Section 3, we'll look at how to build your own home studio from scratch using budget friendly equipment and then we'll learn how to set everything up step by step!  

This course finishes with a CHALLENGE to take what you've learned and put it into practice by writing and producing an original song!  You will then have the opportunity to share your song with our Udemy student community for encouragement and feedback!

Now, don't worry!  If any of these topics intimidate you, we are going to break down each one of them in detail and make them easy to understand and simple to execute in your projects.  You do NOT have to have any prior knowledge of GarageBand or music production to master the content in this course!

Song Science #2: The Complete Songwriting Chord Guide

Learn how to use advanced chords and understand practical music theory! Become a more advanced songwriter

Created by Musicians Inspired - 50,000+ Students, 7,000+ Reviews, 12 Courses


Students: 6339, Price: $94.99

Students: 6339, Price:  Paid

Songwriting is fun when you understand chords!

In this course we are going to go beyond the 6 chords and start understanding advanced songwriting technique.

When I say beyond the 6 chords, I don't mean 6 more chords.  We are going to be studying tons and tons of chords in this course.

This goes way beyond the 1st course in this series.

We will go over multiple chord concepts with real examples showing how they are implemented.  We will be breaking down songs and I'll be showing you how professional songwriters use advanced chord concepts.

You should take this course if you have an interest in how songs are created and if you're interested in songwriting.

I hope to see you on the inside!

Songwriting for Everyone

Learn how to write songs without needing to read or write music!

Created by Joseph Lilore - Music Instructor, Arranger, Composer and Author


Students: 5882, Price: $19.99

Students: 5882, Price:  Paid

This is a songwriting course for everyone, whether you're already a musician, or someone with no training at all but the desire to create music.

Think of composers such as Paul McCartney, who admits to no formal training in music. Or singers, who even at an early age can sing in perfect pitch. The ability to create music is in everyone. 

Have you ever seen Behind The Music or an interview with a famous composer or band on how they actually write their songs? They almost always play chords on a guitar or piano which generates melodies in their mind. 

In this course you will learn how melodies are generated in the mind as chords are played.  You will see how musical phrases are joined into sentences, and then combined  into sections, which  form songs. Throughout the course I use real world examples of contemporary hit songs such as Rihanna's "Stay" and Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself." I also discuss and demonstrate the application of basic songwriting techniques and song elements in classic rock songs from Led Zeppelin to Nirvana.

These sections - Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Bridge - are the main elements  of today's modern music. At the end of this course you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style or genre!

This is an interactive course, where I play chord progressions on the guitar as you sing melodies. By the end of this course you will have written your first song, and you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style - pop, jazz, rock, country, and more!

Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production

Become a master at using GarageBand. Learn how to Compose, Edit, Mix and Master your music with real life examples.

Created by Fran Solo - CEO at Meijin Limited and Apple Certified Trainer


Students: 4110, Price: $109.99

Students: 4110, Price:  Paid

Is Garageband considered for professional audio production?

Garageband isn’t less powerful than Logic Pro just because it’s free; People don’t pay attention to the things that are free in life. Just because it’s easy to get, it doesn't mean it’s not worth getting it.

I have been using Garageband since its release in 2004, and back then I used it to compose music for theatre.

With the continues improvements to Logic Pro throughout the years, Garageband has inherited some of the best features from its older brother. Tempo changes, Key changes, and some significant plugins for mixing and mastering, just to mention a few. GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio inside your Mac with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists as well as a vast selection of Synthesizers.

Can you make a professional recording with Garageband?

We can safely answer with a resounding YES!!

Garageband for Songwriting and Music Production

GarageBand is your swiss knife for music creation and audio production. Here you can record ideas, get your instruments blend with others available in the library in seconds.

Learn how to navigate the interface and create your first project by using one the available templates. If you have never composed a song, Apple Loops can help you in doing that. You'll find thousands of loops to add to your song and hundreds of instruments to play. All these tools will help you shape your compositions without the need for expensive equipment. 

If you are a musician and wants to record your instrument and your voice or two instruments simultaneously, Garageband helps you do just that with ease.

You will learn how to record, edit, mix and master your music whether you are a beginner or not. 

Get to play different instruments from around the world by using your computer keyboard or a midi keyboard.If you have a guitar, bass or piano, you'll get to try a vast array of professional sounding effects and include them in your composition.

You will learn what equipment is best to get according to your needs without breaking the bank.

Learn the 11 essential elements of mixing and mastering that every professional sound engineer use for a major release. 

Garageband is your Music laboratory where your creations will start to take shape and make your ideas available to the world. 

I can't wait to see you on the other side and start to compose today!


Songwriting 101- Composition, Lyrics + Music Production

Learn the Essentials of Songwriting, Music Composition, Lyrics, Music Production in Different Genres Today

Created by Tomas George - Music Producer, Composer and Audio Engineer


Students: 3896, Price: $99.99

Students: 3896, Price:  Paid

Learn How to Improve your Songwriting Today!


If you are looking for a course that will show you how you can improve your songwriting and music production in different genres, then this is the course for you!

The genres we cover in this course include:

• Pop

• Rock

• Country


In this course, we'll be teaching you the essential Songwriting and Music Production techniques and tips used by songwriters today so you can write and improve your own songs.

The software we use in this course is Logic Pro X, but the skills and techniques we teach are applicable for any Digital Audio Workstation.

What makes me qualified to teach you?

Peter Darling is a Songwriting lecturer and has been professionally writing songs for over a decade and also has a MA Masters Degree in Music Composition and a BA(Hons) Degree in Popular Music.

Tomas George has a MMus Masters Degree in Music Production and a BA(Hons) Degree in Music Composition. He is also the creator of some of the world's most popular music production courses - with over 250,000 students

Explanations are detailed and very easy to understand. Instructors pace and tonality is also on point. Outstanding! -  Antoni Sule

Very useful lectures which provide me a lot of information and improve my skills dramatically. His teaching method also helps me easily to understand. Thank you so much Tomas. - Huy Nguyen

I have studied music over the years since public and high school. I have been learning from all sources for more than 20 years and from what I can see the instructor is extremely knowledgeable. He is clearly very passionate about teaching and it shows in his approach, he is very well spoken and highly intelligent. - Stevie Masterson

Our Promise to You

If you have any questions about the content or songwriting or music production in general, ourselves or our teaching assistants will always be responsive to questions and direct messages. 

What is this Songwriting Course all about?

In this Songwriting course, you’ll learn all the tools and techniques for songwriting and music production to write amazing sounding songs

This course will cover everything you need to know about songwriting including:

  • Writing Vocal Melodies

  • Writing Chords

  • Writing Harmonies

  • Writing Lyrics

  • Arrangement

  • Structure

  • How to Write a Pop Song

  • How to Write a Rock Song

  • How to Write a Country Song

  • How to Write an EDM Song

  • How to Write a Song in the Style of a Popular Song

  • How to Produce and Mix these Songs

  • Music Production Tips and Tricks for Songwriting

  • Where to find Professional Drum Sounds and Samples

  • Compression and EQ Essentials for Producing your Songs

  • And much more!

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and we'll see you in lesson 1!


Peter and Tomas.

7 Secrets to HIT Songwriting

Veteran Motown writer teaches you how to master the art of Hook, Verse, Melody writing & more. Secrets finally revealed!

Created by Clay Drayton - Award winning Motown Hit Songwriter, Producer & Instructor


Students: 3468, Price: $49.99

Students: 3468, Price:  Paid

When Clay Drayton instructs songwriters, he comes from a place of experience and longevity. He doesn't want you to be a “1 Hit Wonder”. You will learn the secrets of writing songs that have the potential to become Classics.

What many songwriters today are missing are mentors (Seasoned writers who have "Been there, Done that!") to help them develop their songs with tried and proven methods of creating Hit songs. Clay will give you examples, templates and tools to use in your songs. He will be your mentor. He will help you write songs that everyone will want to hear and singers will want to cover.

Not only will Mr. Drayton instruct you, but he will consult with, critique and collaborate with his students.

Introduction to Song Tantra – Songwriting from the Soul!

How to use soul singing to write songs that will magnetize your audience to you.

Created by Elizabeth Knudson - Intuitive & Energy Healer


Students: 3321, Price: Free

Students: 3321, Price:  Free

In this course I teach you a special vocal technique that opens the voice and creative flow! My technique connects you to the creative energy from your soul, so you can create beautiful music that will entrance audiences to you and your music. 

I have personally have studied singing and sung professionally for over 20 years, graduated cum la mentored with pro- songwriters who write for celebrities and learn their songwriting techniques. I teach the highlights of what I learned, so you can begin to write songs that not only share the healing power of your soul but effectively communicate to the audience.

The two biggest take-aways from this course are...

Vocal Technique; you will learn a specific exercise that will open your voice, give it more depth, power, range, beauty and stamina.

Songwriting Creativity; you learn to begin to write melodies for your songs and write lyrics to accompany the melody. This writing technique will empower you to write in a unique way that is completely original to you!

If you have always wondered how to write a song but were never sure how to start the process, how to tap into your creativity,  how to start writing lyrics or how to format them to work in a song,  this is the course for you.

It takes many years to learn to write songs, it's an art form that is always growing.  Song Tantra allows you to enjoy every part of the journey and feel empowered in your singing ability and message. Please be kind to yourself, if you are hoping to become a professional singer and songwriter and have zero experience this is a great class to start with however it won't be the last class or learning opportunity you will engage in. You will need to continue to put love and energy into your songwriting journey to truly develop your talent. This class will not teach you how to write a melody, chords from scratch and it will not teach you all the vocal techniques needed to be professional singer, it's a long and personal journey. Please check my website for resources and referrals to classes, webinars and other related services.

Songwriting magic and craft

Learn songwriting craft and magic from award winning Scottish songwriter Jim Byrne. Learn to write great songs!

Created by Jim Byrne - Award wining songwriter, co-writer and recording artist


Students: 2968, Price: $89.99

Students: 2968, Price:  Paid

Songwriting Magic will educate and inspire you. It will give you the skills to write better songs, songs unique to you. The time has come to write the songs you will always be proud of.

Songwriting is a form of magic; as songwriter Chiara Berardelli says, 'the magic does not come from some mysterious outside force, the magic comes from you'.

Learn the techniques used by professional songwriters, interviewed exclusively for this course. Including, Ivor Novello winner Boo Hewerdine, Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits - reputedly Kurt Cobain's favourite band), Michael Rooney (Primevals), Martha L Healy, Lizzie Reid, Chiara Berardelli, Carol Laula and more.

You will learn to create song structure, melody, chords progressions, lyrics and song arrangement.

You will learn how hit songs are written. Discover the system used by todays most successful songwriter; based on the science of attention.

You will learn the techniques I discovered that helped me find 'my own voice' as a songwriter (from my 40 years experience writing over 400 songs). Learn to write the songs that only you can write.

You will continue to learn by listening to my recommended list of Podcasts and mobile and tablet Apps.

Learn how writings songs enabled me to travel the world, win awards, get played on the radio, write with Pop stars, Jazz singers and indie rock artists, have a number 1 (UK Americana, Reverb Nation) and release critically acclaimed albums. Learning to write songs has changed my life - it can change yours.

Pro Songwriting: The Art and Business of a Songwriter

Students have achieved licensing deals & high profile gigs. The course offers pro feedback and industry approved advice

Created by Eve Williams MMus - Signed Singer and Songwriter, 10 years+ Teaching Experience


Students: 2601, Price: $74.99

Students: 2601, Price:  Paid


After taking my songwriting courses,  students have achieved licensing deals, publishing opportunities, cowrites with established writers and performed at internationally renowned festivals and venues including Glastonbury and the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville. Enroll today and become another one of the course's success stories.

This course was fabulous. I’ve been taking many of the songwriting courses on Udemy. Many are good, some are excellent, and some are just not overly helpful. But Eve’s course is one of the excellent courses. I highly recommend that you purchase her course and you will definitely come away having learned a great deal. And you’ll have fun going through the course. Well, at least I found it a wonderful value. Cheers my fellow songwriters.

Gary, Udemy student

Great course. Love the wire framing structure for songwriting. Loved that you talked about the business of songwriting a little too and how to deal with people in a professional way when songwriting. I even came up with a hook for a new song while watching one of your lectures. Excited to put this knowledge into practice. Thank you! 

- Pat, Udemy student


Do you want to make a living from songwriting? Have you already started down that road or want to know how to make songwriting a career? Would you like to refine your craft or judge whether or not your music is ready to pitch to the industry? Or do you just want to get good at songwriting?

This is the course for you if you want to release music that gets noticed. In this course you will learn methods of songwriting used by top songwriters and publishers across the world. It will help you break out of any limitations in your current ways of writing music. We also study the business side of being a professional songwriter so by the end of the course you can start earning money from your music and build a professional reputation.

I am not simply teaching my own personal methods of writing like a lot of songwriting courses. I have witnessed these methods used by multi platinum writers and producers in studios I have worked in across the world. I also hold a Master of Music degree in Songwriting so these methods are backed up by research and study as well as a successful career as a commercial songwriter.


This course is designed to help you write beautiful music then publish and market it. We will look at what makes a commercially viable song, starting with learning to write lyrics, melodies and hooks and song forms. The course also covers music publishing (different types of publishers and deals), copyright, PROs (the organisations which collect royalties), marketing your music and organisations that are there to help. Each section has practical songwriting tasks to complete and there are invaluable opportunities to get feedback on your songwriting from a published commercial songwriter with a Master's degree in Songwriting.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Write stronger melodies

  • Write stronger lyrics

  • Write stronger hooks

  • Be paid royalties for every eligible performance of your music

  • Market and brand yourself as an artist/songwriter

  • Know how to evaluate the commercial potential of your songwriting 

  • Understand copyright

  • Find cowriters

  • Know how and when to find a music publisher

  • Find cuts (when an artists records your song) and syncs (when your song is placed in TV, film, commercials etc)


The course is suitable for writers in all genres. You will need intermediate music theory or be working towards it. If you are a singer but not an instrumentalist, the course is still for you. If you are new to songwriting the course will set you up with sound principles. If you are more experienced it will help you refine your ways of working and advance your career.


I have been teaching songwriting since I graduated from my Master of Music in Songwriting in 2012. I have written with award winning songwriters (and won awards myself) and multi platinum producers. My last 2 albums received airplay in around 8 countries and I have toured successfully. I work with several a music publishing companies and frequently attend international commercial song camps. This Autumn tracks I wrote and cowrote will be released by artists in the UK, Norway and Switzerland. My music has been used in advertising and documentaries as well as recorded by X Factor and The Voice Graduates. I have been commissioned to write for reality TV show graduates amongst other exciting projects.

Here's a little of my press:

'Eve has established herself as an artist of considerable sophistication, recognised for her powerful toplines and moving lyrics.'

-The Musician Magazine, UK

'Mature songwriting'

- Maverick Country, UK

'Quality stuff'

- Americana UK

I would love to help you discover the exciting world of a pro songwriter. If you're ready to go on that journey, please enroll and thankyou for letting me join you as you unlock your musical potential.

Udemy offers a 30 day refund policy so you can take the course risk free.

Song Science #4: Mastering Modulation in your Songwriting

Bring energy and intrigue to your songs with multiple modulation techniques

Created by Musicians Inspired - 50,000+ Students, 7,000+ Reviews, 12 Courses


Students: 2555, Price: $74.99

Students: 2555, Price:  Paid

Modulation can bring energy, intrigue, and prosody to your songs!

Songwriters from Mariah Carey to Taylor Swift to The Beatles have successfully used these techniques!

What is Modulation?

Modulation, simply, is changing from one key to another key within a song.  

For example, you can have a Chorus in the Key of E and then when you get to the Bridge you can modulate to the key of C.  

How do you know where to Modulate?

Modulation distance is dependent on how similar keys are.  In this course you'll learn how to modulate to close keys as well as far away keys.

Additionally there are multiple ways to modulate to another key.  In this course you'll learn multiple techniques and be shown real examples of this happening.

Some of these techniques include:

  1. Relative Key Modulation
  2. Parallel Key Modulation
  3. Relative-Parallel Key Modulation
  4. Pivot Chord Modulation
  5. Altered Common Chord Modulation
  6. Common Tone Modulation
  7. Chromatic Mediant Modulation

And much more!

I look forward to teaching you and I hope to see you in the course!

Smart Songwriting: Write Great Songs That Attract Listeners

This course will teach you how to write and market great songs.

Created by Christopher Greenwood - Teaches 22 Courses: Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur


Students: 2376, Price: $89.99

Students: 2376, Price:  Paid

As the artist "Manafest" I've sold over 300,000 Albums Worldwide over 1,000,000 singles and toured 18 different countries!

I've written the majority of my songs with my producer Adam Messinger (Magic!, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown) and learned what it takes to write a hit song.

All my students get direct email access to me to ask any questions (Invaluable)

This course covers the basics & Advanced concepts of songwriting from song structures to melodies.

The Overcoming Writers Block Module is essential to any writer learning about block time to schedule in writing sessions. Songs don't get written by themselves you have to make the time and just do it.

I meet a lot of songwriters who are broke because they refuse to learn the business of songwriting. I cover this and give you a lot of ideas on how you can make real money with your songs.

I've built a hundred thousand plus a year music brand and now want to help other artists.

Success didn't happen overnight. It takes a lot of hardwork and dedication but you can do it too. Never give up!

Songwriting for the Curious Guitarist

Complete songwriting course for guitar. Chords, melodies, arrangements, parts, rules & rule-breakers. All levels.

Created by Dan Dresnok - Guitar Teacher


Students: 1843, Price: $89.99

Students: 1843, Price:  Paid

What students are saying:

  • 5 stars, "Clear and simply explained concepts."  -Richard M.

  • 5 stars, "This is an excellent course on songwriting for absolute beginners."  -Amanda Y.

  • 5 stars, "Easy to follow, non-rushed, and covers all bases."  -N. B.

  • 5 stars, "Excellent course.  Great details and examples."  -Bobbie S.

  • 5 stars, "Easily understood. Concise."  -Kevin M.

Welcome to Songwriting for the Curious Guitarist!  This is a complete, step-by-step, and fun course to turn you into a confident & creative songwriter on your guitar.  We'll start at the very beginning, assuming that you don't know anything about songwriting, and teach you how  to arrange a song, choose chord changes for each part, create melodies to go with the chords (for singing or soloing), make your own rhythms,  timing, & strum patterns, and add your own creative mark to your songs.

This course has only one section - Songwriting.  The lessons in this section are arranged in order -  each songwriting lesson builds on the previous lesson. 

Any kind of six-string guitar will work well for this course - electric, acoustic, or classical guitar. 

Songwriting on the guitar is so much fun because there are unlimited possibilities for guitar chords, song parts, melodies, solos, lyrics, and general creative direction.  This is why so many songwriting geniuses write songs on the guitar.  You can play & sing an entire song with just you and your guitar!

Every lesson video in this course has a PDF attachment which are the tabs, chords, and text lessons to use as an additional resource while watching these videos.  You can download, save, & print these.  Be sure to get all the PDFs.

This will be easy & fun for you.  I'm so excited for you to start writing your own songs!

I'm glad you're here - let's begin.

Basics of Songwriting

Learn to things you need to know, to write the music you need to write

Created by Johan van Rooyen - Music Instructor


Students: 1523, Price: $19.99

Students: 1523, Price:  Paid

This course covers some of the basic ideas in song-writing. Ever listened to a song you love and thought, how did they do it? This course offers some interesting ways to understand how lyrics and music are put together to write songs.

Learn The Simple Things That Make A Great Song

  • Learn how to analyse and break down lyrics
  • Understand how verses and choruses are constructed
  • Use easy ideas to create your own songs
  • Examine case studies of famous songs by various artists
  • Understand what makes a great chord progression
  • Learn about the different parts of a song

Since the dawn of civilization, people have been using songs to communicate with each other, express ideas, and allow them to express their thoughts and feelings. The song is the simplest way in which ideas can be spread with music. There are no methods of creating art that are more wide-spread and accessible than the song. 

In this course, we look at how songs are put together. You will understand the important things to look for when listening to a song, and you will also know how to create your own songs based on these same ideas.

You will begin by looking at lyrics. How are they put together, do they rhyme, and do the words have any implicit musical qualities? You will analyse two songs from different genres and times and see how various tricks are used to understand the song. From here, we can write a new song based on the same ideas.

Next up you will come to understand harmonic progressions. Which chords should be used underneath your words? There are a few music theory tricks to help you here, and by analyzing a couple of different songs, you will start to see how these progressions work - many of them are made up of the same chords! From this understanding, you can create a chord progression for your lyrics.

Finally, we look at how to transform your chords and lyrics into a complete song. You will understand and be able to identify the parts of a song. You will also know about different instruments and some of the basic principles of arranging and producing music. We finish up at a point where you can go ahead and start looking at putting together your song.

GarageBand Tutorial: Make Beats Using Apple Loops

Learn how to arrange royalty free samples and loops in GarageBand into complete beats and instrumentals.

Created by Joseph Evans Jr - Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter


Students: 1310, Price: Free

Students: 1310, Price:  Free

Have you been wondering how to make beats in GarageBand, but have no experience playing piano or programming drums?

If so this GarageBand Loops Tutorial is what you are looking for!

The course has nearly 2 hours of content that you will have lifetime access to plus any updates.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How to operate GarageBand

  • How to edit Audio Files

  • How to Use Apple Loops to Make Beats

  • How to Complete a Professional Instrumental Track Start to Finish

Check out what students are saying about their learning experience!

"This was an awesome course. I learned about some tools that had thrown me off in the past and learned about some tools I didn't know existed. Money well spent for sure! Thank you Joseph." - Kristin

"This is a good course that you can follow and learn the technique easily" - Yu-Hsiu Li

"This was a simple , practical, introduction to Garageband, concentrating on the minimum you need to know to start making music. Particularly aimed at Hip Hop and Techno but I can see how to try other genres. Very down to earth and instantly usable." - Adam Dargan

There are also several live beat making examples!

So if you would like to learn how to make beats in GarageBand using Apple Loops...


Songwriting for the beginner – How to start writing songs

Songwriting Course - Learn Songwriting skills tips and tricks to become a better Songwriter - #1 Songwriting Course

Created by Lesson Pros - Award Winning Instructors, 100,000+ students


Students: 1101, Price: $19.99

Students: 1101, Price:  Paid

Songwriting for Beginners Course - Learn songwriting skills, tips, and tricks to become a Better Songwriter

  • #1 BEGINNER Songwriting Course Online

  • Over 100,000 Enrollments from 182 Countries in Lesson Pros Courses

  • Featured in Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award Winner

  • Winner of Contest, MNTA Most innovative Teaching System

  • Have taught along with National Touring Bands in Workshops all across the US and South America

Learn how to get started writing better songs along with the basic concepts and building blocks that will help you become a better songwriter. This course goal is to help you feel more comfortable and confident writing songs.


My passion is inspiring others to feel more confident in themselves and their playing. I feel like writing music can do that. I have taught well over 100,000+ students all around the world.

After performing all over the United States and teaching at multiple schools, our home-based studio, and doing workshops across the country, I was asked by many of my students to make a songwriting course. Here is the result.


  • Write your first song

  • Title, Alliteration, Radio, and Rhymes

  • Parts of the song

  • Melodic Structure

  • Throw Away

  • Writer's Block

  • Take it Out

  • Learn about Co-writing

  • Songwriting Organizational Skills

  • Some great books

  • Songwriters associations


  • Writing for a specific artist

  • Where to get Inspiration


  • Anyone just starting on songwriting

  • For beginner to intermediate songwriters

  • Anyone who wants to write songs for others or themselves

  • All ages


Feel free to send any questions you might have on this songwriting course. I want to make your learning experience the best that it can be.


Thanks for taking the time to look at this Songwriting for beginners - How to get started Songwriting course. I look forward to seeing you on the inside of this course and teaching you how to become a better songwriter.

Sandi Millar
Lesson Pros - Building Confidence Through Music
Thanks for becoming a Lesson Pros student.
We appreciate you all!

#1 Songwriting Course - Songwriting Course - Learn Songwriting skills tips and tricks to become a Better Songwriter

Hit Songwriting: Learn Lyric Writing! Be a Songwriting Pro

Learn lyric writing techniques used by songwriting experts to create lyrics that connect emotionally with the audience

Created by Pippin Jag - Instructor, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer in Los Angeles


Students: 1054, Price: $89.99

Students: 1054, Price:  Paid

Learn to use all of your senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, sound, and movement - as springboards for creativity in writing amazing lyrics.  It could be you that writes the next number one song! Enroll Now!  Course Updated November 5, 2020

Over 600 students enrolled!

Develop the time tested songwriting techniques that professionals use to create incredible lyrics while still maintaining your unique voice.

  • Learn to connect with and create a memorable experience for your audience

  • Learn to write even when you're not initially inspired

  • Learn to streamline and accelerate your songwriting process

  • Learn to apply songwriting strategies to any new idea

Content and Overview

This course is different from any other course you will find on songwriting, because it is solely focused on the lyric.  It's so important in songwriting, to get the lyrics right.  A strong song needs strong lyrics.  How many hit songs do you know of that don't have lyrics?

First, you'll learn how to get creative even when you're not really inspired.  I'll show you how you can use all of your senses and the world around you to spark your creativity and jumpstart your lyric writing anytime!

Next, you'll learn how to control the emotional impact that your listener is having through toggling - moving between details and sometimes pulling back for a broader picture.  You will learn how to intensify or diminish the experience of the listener with sound lyrical techniques.

We'll also examine the different types of rhyme.  You'll learn the various ways to effectively use rhyme in your songwriting.  We'll also discuss tense and power positions...and a whole lot more.

By the End of the Course You Will Be Able To:

  • write lyrics that control the emotions of your audience

  • write lyrics that effectively communicate the message of the song

  • combine lyrics with music more effectively

  • generate better ideas more easily

  • create detailed and emotional lines that tell a story

Songwriting for Complete Beginners

Start Making your own Music Today

Created by Mikael Baggström - Music Composer | Sound Designer


Students: 890, Price: $74.99

Students: 890, Price:  Paid

Is this Course for You?
Have you ever thought about learning how to make your own music, but don't really know how to start. Then this course is perfect for you.

What will You Learn?
In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of music, so that you can get started with making music yourself. Learn all the ingredients of music, the tools you need to get started, and get actionable tips on how to practice what you learn, and then create your own music.

Anyone can Make Music
Music is not rocket science. It is art, and it comes from your heart and soul. I truly believe Everyone can make music. Why? Because Music is really just a mix of Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. It really is that easy, so you can do it to! =)

Start Making your own Music Today
Are you ready to learn how you can make your own music, without having any prior knowledge? Just click the enroll button, and I am waiting for you in the next video. Soon you will be able to Make your own Music and Songs.

Friendly regards,
Mikael "Mike" Baggström
Music Composer | Sound Designer

Songwriting: How to Write Pro Standard Lyrics

My songwriting students have signed licensing deals & played major festivals/venues . Now includes free mp3 mini course.

Created by Eve Williams MMus - Signed Singer and Songwriter, 10 years+ Teaching Experience


Students: 886, Price: $54.99

Students: 886, Price:  Paid

"The course is amazing. I was struggling with structure and expression of idea into words, this course helped me and I've already written 5 full songs and 2 are still in progress. The coach of this course is very active and She always replies. She is nice and she provides amazing insights if asked for help. If you really want to write your own songs and sell them or sing them or just write them for your own pleasure, I DO RECOMMEND this COURSE. BUY IT and you won't regret it."  GLITCH, UDEMY STUDENT



I a an award winning songwriter, lyricist and lyrical consultant working for 5 publishers internationally. After taking my songwriting courses,  students have achieved licensing deals, publishing opportunities, cowrites with established writers and performed at internationally renowned festivals and venues including the Edinburgh Fringe and the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville. Enroll today and become another one of the course's success stories.


I am touched by your class.

Before I wrote for myself and I had trouble connecting to people. From now on, I understand that we must make them feel our text!.


'Exactly what I needed to make progress in songwriting. Thanks!'

Halvdan Presthus

'Eve stretched me in uncomfortable places that I probably wouldn't explore on my own. She is easy to follow and answers questions quickly.

Thanks Eve!'


'I've been writing for a while with no prior training. I always feel like I'm missing a part of the puzzle. This course has enlightened me and i want to go further.'


'Excellent course. Very useful insights and tips from Eve and excellent content and demonstration of the practical use of our learnings.'


As an A&R rep at a music licensing company, I listened to many songs every week. Of those that are nearly there but not quite, it's the lyrics that often pose a problem: lyrics without a story, or too much cliché or no consistent theme. It's a myth that pop lyrics are meaningless. Pro songwriters spend alot of time on lyrics.

In those course you will learn how to craft lyrics like a professional songwriter and what errors to avoid. Specifically, we will look at 

  • Wireframing: constructing a story progression to your lyrics

  • 'Show, Don't Tell': the use of imagery

  • Metaphor

  • Intertextual Writing: taking inspiration from other works of art without ripping them off

  • Using the right language for your song's audience

  • Songforms and understanding the importance of structure

  • Cowriting

The course begins by looking at some very effective lyrics, then asks you to craft your own. There are video and text exercises to complete and you will have a chance to get my feedback on your lyrics or to post them for group feedback which may just help you find cowriters!

Whether you are aiming for  a publishing deal or just starting out in songwriting, this course is for you. For new lyric writers it will set you up with sound principles, and for experienced songwriters it will help break lyrical bad habits. It is open to writers in all musical genres.

Here is an example of the press I've got for my own lyric writing:

'Eve has established herself as an artist of considerable sophistication, recognised for her powerful toplines and moving lyrics.'

-The Musician Magazine

I also hold a Master of Music in Songwriting as well as having written with well established writers (see my bio), so you can trust that the methods I teach are industry recognised. 

Thanks so much for visiting this page. Please enroll now and I can't wait to read/hear your lyrics! You can enroll with confidence because of Udemy's 30 day money back guarantee.

Songwriting techniques for beginners

Practical songwriting theory for songwriters.

Created by Gabriel Felix - Musician


Students: 813, Price: Free

Students: 813, Price:  Free

WARNING: This course was developed to beginners. Break out of your songwriting habits and develop new chord progressions.

So there are countless books, videos, and classes that teach songwriting. What makes my video course better, or even different? Good question. All of these other sources can teach you how to write a song. What’s a verse, chorus, bridge, etc…and yes, I will certainly teach you all of these things.

  • It's available on a PC or MAC and there is a iPad, iPhone and Android app ready to go!

  • Keeping track of which videos(lectures) you have already watched is a breeze. Udemy has a great way of keeping track of your completed lessons(lectures).

  • The entire course is organized in step-by-step easy to follow layout.

The more you practice the better you will get. With the Right Practice style you will be able to witness fast results!

Meet the teacher

Gabriel Felix

*Music degree at California College of Music;

*Teaching since 2010;

*More than 38.102 students at udemy;

*More than 1 million views on youtube ’’Meio Musical’’;

Feel free to send me any questions you might have on this course. I want to make your learning experience the best that it can be.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this course. I look forward to seeing you on the inside and teaching you the beginner steps on how to become a better guitar player.

Take action now. Every moment you delay enrolling is valuable time and lot`s of joy with the guitar lost - enrol today - click top right!

WARNING: This course is NOT for the person who thinks by purchasing this course it will then magically give them all your guitar skills to you without you having to put the time, effort and practice. It does take practice if you want to see results. :)

The Road To Intuitive Songwriting

An introduction to Gregory Douglass' signature Intuitive Songwriting program!

Created by Gregory Douglass - Internationally Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter & Creative Coach


Students: 810, Price: $29.99

Students: 810, Price:  Paid

Why Intuitive Songwriting? Because that’s where your creative genius lives.

Forget everything that’s holding you back from becoming a brilliant songwriter, and get ready to learn what intuitive songwriting is all about. This mini e-course is an introduction to my signature Intuitive Songwriting program. I'm going to show you how to strengthen your intuition and evoke the creative genius within you. I can’t wait to show you what you’re truly capable of as a songwriter, regardless of how experienced or inexperienced of a songwriter you are.

In this self-study mini e-course, I'm going to share my own intuitive approach to masterful songwriting, and I'm confident that you'll be on the road to writing your best songs yet after our time together.

Tap Your Songwriting Creativity – Lyric Writing

A guide to expanding your lyric writing skills and creativity with a songwriter of 30+ years experience!

Created by Geoffrey Williams - International singer songwriter, teacher, producer, performer!


Students: 732, Price: $29.99

Students: 732, Price:  Paid

Discover and master how you can stay in the creative flow longer and write better lyrics with an inspirational and practical training for beginner and intermediate writers.

Learn basic to advanced concepts and skills that you will need to tap your creativity anywhere, anytime and build your ideas into a full blown set of expressive lyrics!

Maximise your creativity with easy to use tools and concepts
Develop your skills for generating lyrical ideas
Organise your ideas by understanding the structure and the role of the sections of a song
Transform your words into meaningful lyrics (meaningful to you and your audience!)

Powerful techniques for writing great lyrics

Through helping you to understand the creative process, this course will help you to boost your creativity and stay in the creative flow longer. From that headspace, you have more creative freedom to generate words, phrases, paragraphs & prose!

As some of the best lyrics are written from a sensory perspective, you will learn a technique to engage your senses and write sense-bound words that create more powerful songs to engage your emotions and your audience.

This training will take you through real time exercises so that you can understand how to take your words and ideas, uncover the story and grow some expressive lyrics right away!

Content and Overview

This course is suitable for beginner and intermediate writers because the tips and tools on offer can be used as many times as you like to create new material.

In this course of 35 lectures and 3+ hours of content, you'll learn how to access your creativity in new ways, and go from a blank sheet of paper to a complete set of lyrics that tell a compelling story. Sections 2, 3 & 4, each chapter ends with an exercise so that you can put your newly learned skills into practical use instantly. 

You will also learn more about your creative process and how to maximise it; why capturing your ideas is so important; a way to use mind maps for lyric writing and why knowing the reason 'why' you are creating is critical.

It can be hard to come up with lyric ideas for songs. You will learn how to write from a different perspective (like “Whatever Happens” for Michael Jackson), how to collect and use lyrics from a weekend supplement, and how to create words that are sense filled and have poetic imagery. With all these tools, you’ll have something to write about! 

Then once you have a fistful of words, what do you do with them? How do you make them into a song? This course will give you a strong foundation in how to structure your song, knowing the roles of each of the various sections (verse, chorus, pre-chorus & bridge), using contrast so you can compose lyrics that have meaning & expression, and make sense from beginning to end.

Someone once said that writing a song is like making a sculpture – you have to find it. When you finish this course, you will be able to find your lyrics anytime. 

Songwriting in Ableton Live (or any Audio Application)

Step-by-step - from beginning to end, we will make a song together in this course. No experience necessary!

Created by Jason Allen - Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer


Students: 665, Price: $54.99

Students: 665, Price:  Paid

Welcome to Songwriting in Ableton Live (Or Any Audio Application!)

This course is "5-Star Certified" by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI). This course has been independently reviewed by a panel of experts and has received a stellar 5-star rating.

In this class, we are going to write a song together. We will start with just messing around on the keyboard until we find an idea, then we will work on the song structure, form, sound design, and end with mixing it and a discussion about mastering the track. Beginning to end - step by step!

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

This class is for anyone who has an interest in songwriting. Especially:

  • Aspiring Songwriters: If you have never written a song before, but you want to learn how its done, this course is for you.

  • Songwriters: If you are a traditional songwriter, but want to expand your palette by using electronic elements, or just help recording your songs, this course is for you.

  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding how the writing with audio software works, this course is for you.

  • Producers: Improve your tracks by gaining a deeper understanding of form, sketching, structure, and development.

In this class, we start with the very basics of songwriting and work all the way up to a finished song. I'll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every decision I make.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original, compelling, and memorable sounding music.

This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.

I'll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.

I'm best known for working with electronic music, but I've designed this course to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about songwriting techniques for all genres, sounds, and styles. All genres are welcome here!

Topics Covered: 

  • The Essential Tools of Songwriting

  • Working with MIDI

  • MIDI Controllers, Keyboards, and Guitars

  • Overdubbing real instruments

  • Defining a Sound "Palette"

  • Building a Library of Samples

  • Building a Library of Synths

  • Building a Library of Drum Sounds and Loops

  • Sketching

  • Developing a Sketch

  • Expanding a Sketch

  • Defining Form

  • Lyrics

  • Drum Programming

  • Sound Design Elements

  • Synthesizers

  • Recording "real" Instruments

  • Mixing

  • Balancing

  • Tuning Recordings

  • Mastering

  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making professional sounding songs, this is the class that will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated Udemy instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students.

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough songwriting course available ANYWHERE on the market - or your money back (30-day money-back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢  "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢  "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢  "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts for all future classes in the series. 

Lyricology: 8 Must-know Techniques for Songwriting!

Crucial Hip Hop songwriting techniques that will take you to the next level.

Created by Andre Gainer - Experimental Hip Hop Artist/Producer


Students: 558, Price: $39.99

Students: 558, Price:  Paid

This course is designed to give aspiring hip-hop artists information that'll help them develop their own distinct style while also being efficient in a studio setting. This course will cover:

  • How to use your influences to develop your style
  • Find inspiration in ANYTHING
  • Standing out as an artist
  • Preparing for a studio session
  • Finding your own sound
  • Collaborating with other artists
  • Staying consistent in your songwriting
  • Dos and don't of songwriting

My goal with this course is to give you an understanding of these concepts, then force you to experiment with these ideas and develop your own style. I GUARANTEE that you will leave this course with new skills and ideas that will take your artistry to the next level!

Songwriting (the creative process for beginners)

A tutorial with a well established hit songwriter, meant to guide, support and inspire the beginner songwriter.

Created by Guy Thomas - U.C.L.A. Songwriting Adjunct Professor


Students: 209, Price: $49.99

Students: 209, Price:  Paid

A video tutorial on how to help and inspire the beginner songwriter. The course will explain and identify the elements involved with a starting idea, lyrical and (or) musical, and how to expand that idea (or seed as I like to call it) into a song. The process is a creative journey full of twists and turns. That is what makes songwriting so interesting and magical. The marriage of music and lyrics.

Complete Guide to Songwriting

Learn how you can write better songs, from lyrics to melody and everything in between

Created by Learn Everything - Learn everything from the world's best experts


Students: 185, Price: $39.99

Students: 185, Price:  Paid

This course will guide you through the world of songwriting, showing you how you can utilize raw materials and modern compositions to write better songs.

Designed to help you understand how songs are crafted, this course will give you the tools and skills you need to get better at modern songwriting, regardless of your level of experience. 

Taught by an extremely talented musician and songwriter with years of experience in the business, this course will give you the confidence and toolkit you need to craft better songs and understand what makes songs successful or popular. You’ll learn how to write better lyrics, how songs are structured and how to create hooks and ‘magic moments’ in your compositions. You’ll also be able to analyse popular songs and understand them on a whole new level.

The complete guide to songwriting is aimed at anyone who wants to understand the process of songwriting and write better songs. Whether you’re new to music or a seasoned pro, and regardless of whether or not you play an instrument, this course will give you a new insight into the world of modern composition and songwriting.

About the instructor:

Danny McGurn BA(hons) is a seasoned songwriter and performer, with a degree in music from the University of Sussex and a HND in songwriting from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He’s also one of Learn Everything’s regular presenters and course providers.

In the past 10 years, Danny has played with a number of high profile bands and as a solo artist, performing on numerous UK tour and at renowned festivals and venues including Glastonbury, Rock Against Racism, the Secret Garden Party, White Air Festival, Club NME and hundreds of others. He has performed on lineups with the likes of Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Buzzcocks, Frank Turner and has performed live on stage with Gary Moore. His music has been featured on Hollyoaks and numerous TV adverts, and he has been featured in the likes of NME, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Rocksound Music Week and many more. As the lead singer of infamous and much loved Brighton band The Perils, Danny wrote the critically acclaimed album Good People Do Bad Things, which is available on iTunes.