Anyone Taught a Songwriting Class?

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I have been considering teaching a songwriting class for night school. I can choose how many classes there would be (it can be 1 to 10 classes), but I would need to know how many segments I would split it up and what they would be. I have co-run a songwriting group for four years now but taking what I know and putting it into a structure is not easy, so if anyone has ever done this and can advise me or tell me what seemed to be needed most or if you have an idea on how to structure a class, I would appreciate any views or advice that could help me formulate this class. I'm not going to ask how much I should charge per class...because of course we are all priceless LOL!!!

I haven't taught a songwriting class but I did teach private guitar for many years. For one semester I taught a guitar class at a community college. It was terrible! I only had about six students but they were all at different skill/knowledge levels and all wanted to play different kinds of music. It ended up being six 15 minute lessons. I bailed as soon as I could. You need to get similar interests and experience levels together so the class can move ahead.

I have taken several composition classes but we were all music majors and each class was aimed at a specific subject or style. Loved it.

Good luck with your endeavor.

@tamsnumber4 - Go for it! I taught creative writing to high schoolers for 9 years, and we did some songwriting together. One lesson I remember is when I recorded some instrumental music with a student who played drums, and the kids wrote words for the music. Most of the words wound up being more spoken word poetry, though.
I've worked with younger kids, too - I co-wrote a song about spiders with a third grade class, and I co-wrote a Halloween song with a neighborhood boy who was learning guitar from me.
So themes might work, and/or having everyone write to the same music. Oh, and also I once helped a student turn a poem into a song - adjusting meter and word singability to fit music.
Hope this helps!

It all looks well handled Smile

I teach songwriting for adults and usually I
split it into segments of 5-8 1 hour classes. starting with the basics “what is a song” rhythm, tempo etc heading over to lyrics with sence bound object writing, structure of lyrics
and combining the lyrics with sounds.
Feel free to talk to me at Messenger as it easier to speak there if you have questions!

I remember night school was adults of many levels - some absolute beginners, a few people with some skills.
I like doing one on one better - then I can modify it for each person. That isn't always practical.

I look at writing a song from 5 areas: Lyrics, rhythm, melody, harmony, sound design... I don't know what tools you have.
Lyrics seems like the place to focus. Getting a good chorus [lyrics + melody].
You can work over a drum loop, basic beats, or standard progressions using preset sounds. You want to make it easy for them to succeed.

To me, the hardest part is explaining harmony - how to make a bunch of different parts sound good together. For that, you almost need a keyboard and/ or DAW. It's harder to understand on a guitar.

Strip each element to its absolute bare bones. Find shortcuts and hacks. The Hack Music Theory/ Revolution Harmony YouTube channel is pretty good at showing how to get chords and bass parts and lead lines and melodies that all work together. So check that out for some cool ideas.

Good stuff Smile

I haven't done a specific class, but I've sometimes touched on it with my students. Of course that's a completely different thing than teaching an adult class. You already probably have a pretty good idea about the wide variety of skill levels. I would start with making some learning goals and go from there. They should be simple and there should only be a few of them. That will help you define any prerequisites that you might have. Figure out whether you want to teach very beginners, or students with a basic level of theory. Do you want them to be able to play an instrument? Then all you have to do is figure out how to get from point a to point b. Hour long classes are good. More than that people don't want to commit to. 4-10 classes is probably a good range. And then just be comfortable with the probability that someone is going to come to that class and be too advanced for it, and someone else is going to struggle so much that you will practically be doing everything for them. It's all good. Teaching is never boring.