Best Free Songwriting Courses

Find the best online Free 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.

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

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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. 

Songwriting: Creative Lyric Writing Approaches

Creative Lyric Writing Approaches

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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...

ENROLL NOW!

Songwriting techniques for beginners

Practical songwriting theory for songwriters.

Created by Gabriel Felix - Musician

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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’’;

Questions
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
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. :)

Composition & Form 4 Acoustic Fingerstyle,Classical Guitar

How to compose small forms/miniatures+POWERFUL music theory,structure, form, harmony & chords for the composer guitarist

Created by Luigi Pati - professional guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter/composer

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Students: 23, Price: Free

Learn how to write solo pieces for classical and acoustic fingerstyle properly and effectively and unleash your potential.

Who needs bands? It’s time to learn how to write attractive solo pieces that you can perform on your own, as many composers have done for centuries, and knowing what you are really doing!

Do you want to learn how to write attractive, stand-alone pieces for solo guitar? Aren’t sure where to begin, or how to complete your piece? Ever find yourself noodling aimlessly for valuable chunks of time, and then finally giving up thinking: ‘I’ll try again some other times” ? Life is too short for noodling. Noodling is a HUGE waste of time.

This is an INTENSE and FAST PACED course. I don't want to waste a SINGLE minute of your time. I don't hit 'record' and fill my course with 10 hours of mostly ramblings, ifs, buts, maybes, fluff, uhm and ah, and extraneous noises (I myself cannot stand any of that in an online course). It's easy enough to fill in 10 hours if one doesn't edit out useless stuff out. I do edit every second. It takes me up to 40 minutes to edit a video that will be only 2 minutes long. I am more about content and substance than how things look. Every single word I say must have tutoring weight. Also, I don't believe in 'beginner to advanced' courses, most of them are superficial and bland and will turn you into a MEDIOCRE jack of all trades and master of NONE. Learning a bit of this and a bit of that with no real depth will only turn you into a mediocrity. You need to focus on ONE specific thing at a time, step by step, LASER FOCUS style, and it takes more than a few minutes to cover a single topic in depth. This attitude changed EVERYTHING for me.

Writing well for an instrument is much more than just buying a guitar and start ‘composing’. There are many things that you need to be aware in musical form and structure, and let me tell you, guitar teachers do not usually teach these secrets. But I do.

How do you ensure musical unity in a piece, and at the same time, avoid monotony? If you don’t really understand these things, your compositions will always sound unbalanced: maybe a great idea there, and insubstantial ones elsewhere. How do you invent (compose) a whole piece from one idea? This is what the classical masters have always done. They were masters at composing tons of music with a fragment of a few notes!

And the best thing of all is, you don’t have to be Beethoven or Bach to learn how to do this.

Composing attractive miniatures is an absolute requirement for any composers: you can’t call yourself a composer if you don’t know how to write an attractive little piece! Also, don’t let the ‘small’ lead you to think that it means ‘trivial’. Length of piece has NOTHING to do with the quality of it. Every major composer has taken seriously the writing of miniatures: Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Tarrega, Chopin, and a host of other brilliant but less known composers.

We will examine together one of my pieces in detail, and I will, step-by-step, tell you exactly how you too can (and should) learn this. I will reveal concepts and techniques that you will find only mentioned in music conservatories and music colleges. And, I already took the trouble to examine the maze in great detail, and figure out and use only the concepts that never fail. I have done all that work, and you will benefit from this by saving a lot of time, for I never teach what I myself have not mastered. Too often teachers have little to show for as for musical substance, and some of them can hardly play! Then again, you get occasionally a brilliant musician who are really sloppy and mediocre teachers. But in this course I will teach what I have myself done successfully every single time.

By the end of the course, you will understand many concepts that were previously either confusing or completely unknown to you, and use them in a powerful way in YOUR music. You will also be able to know how to get out of tight spots, how NOT to get stuck, and how to analyze other people’s works (which is different from just learning how to play other people’s music) and use what you learn in YOUR music. For this, again, is what every major composer has done in the course of music history!

Composing miniatures for an instrument is a powerful tool, an essential tool in the arsenal of today’s musician. Don’t limit yourself by playing only the work of others, but write your own and proudly perform it as well.

Let’s begin learning composition on guitar today, and you will surely be on the path of becoming a proficient and creative musician.

PS. You have probably noticed that, unlike some other sellers, I am not selling hundreds of courses (and this is not at all a criticism about them or their courses!). In part this is because I haven’t been too long here on Udemy, but also because I vet the students /customers more, i.e. I do not teach complete beginners (not that there is anything wrong with them), and I never write “This course is for ALL” and “no requirements needed”. This course has requirements, and I am not trying to appeal to all. At all. This basically means that I sell less courses, but also that as a smaller seller I can and will answer to ANY questions you have about anything mentioned in the course. Just post ANY questions in the Q&A section of the course, and I promise I will answer to all, as helpfully as I can. Not only that, the best questions will be examined in a new video!

If I were selling hundreds of courses, I could not answer more than a couple of student’s questions. But because I am a “smaller guy”, I can do what I mentioned above. And that is to your advantage. :)

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