UCLA Music Business Certificate UCLA Music Industry Program

Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriting Workshop

Course Description

Throughout this course, I wrote ten songs, which I presented during the workshop for critique from fellow songwriters and a professional songwriter. To hone my songwriting skills, I completed practical songwriting exercises, which focused on storytelling and expanding on rhyming, while adding specificity, furniture, parallelism, text painting, figurative language, anaphora, and more techniques to songs. In addition, we analyzed hit songs by songwriters, such as Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Leiber & Stoller, The Beatles, Dua Lipa, Cole Porter, Ed Sheeran, H.E.R., Stevie Nicks, and more. Ultimately, each of our songs and lyrics were evaluated by the hit song formula: to entertain, to tell the truth, and to connect with our audience.

If you would like more information on my songs and lyrics, please contact me here.

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