The song writing program begins with a simple approach to music theory. Students learn how to build keys and how to decide which chords fit together. Each key has a collection of 7 notes and 7 simple chords. In the first 5 minutes of the first class, students will learn which chords fit into which keys. This simple short cut aids a songwriter in putting a chord progression together.
A song consists of a chord progression, a melody and a lyric. These three areas are explored, developed and exercised. Students learn how to put a melody to their chord progression and in turn how to put a lyric to their melody.
Song forms are also defined in order to provide templates for new original compositions. Our songwriters learn that there are 4 different song forms and variations of each. They explore the Verse/Chorus form, the AABA form, the AAA form and the 12 bar blues form. All aspects of songwriting are covered and developed using hit songs as template examples.