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Songwriting for Beginners (Focused on Lyrics)

This class covers how to write lyrics for a song. With help from a professional musician, students learn creative writing (e.g. metaphors), journaling, rhyming, and how syllables fit lyrics into a given melody (practicing with parodies).
Michelle, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
114 total reviews for this teacher
9 reviews for this class
Completed by 57 learners
30 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Meets once at a scheduled time
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- Students will learn how to turn situations and thoughts from their own lives into music
- Students will learn the importance of creative writing/journaling for songwriters
- Students will learn about creating routines around their writing practice in order to become great songwriters
- Students will learn how songwriters merge lyrics with a melody using awareness of syllables
I have written and recorded 5 albums as a professional singer-songwriter. I'm working on an album right now and writing songs constantly.

Because I love working with kids, my teaching experience (both formal and informal) is quite extensive. I have worked with ages 3-18, whether through my ten-plus years as a guitar instructor or my ten years in public education. I have formally and informally studied creativity, whether in my master's degree or the numerous nonfiction books I read about it. In addition, I have extensive experience working with Davidson Young Scholars in the profoundly gifted population (many of them love composing!) and with learners who identify as twice-exceptional.

Department of Education, PK-12 Talented and Gifted 						      

Masters of Arts in Teaching 
     Morningside College, Sioux City, IA	
Homework in this class will be optional. For example, students will be encouraged to make a list of songs/melodies they would like to write new lyrics for in order to practice writing with an awareness of syllables. Students will also be encouraged to keep a daily journal.
I encourage students to attend with some way to take notes (tablet, notebook, or whatever's their style). Notebook paper will also be useful for brainstorming lyrics!
Informal assessment will be used throughout the songwriting instruction. Adjustments will be made based on the student's needs. These adjustments include decisions around goal-setting, advice offered, and optional next steps. Most of all, I hope students feel comfortable and encouraged as songwriters.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Michelle, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
Lives in the United States
Masters in Education (Talented and Gifted/Special Education Certified): Gifted Homerooms - Reading Tutoring - Writing Tutoring - Creativity Coaching - Songwriting
114 total reviews
351 completed classes

About Me

As a certified master educator, I offer engaging classes centered around reading, life skills, and creative problem solving. With professional experience as a specialized reading teacher, middle school teacher, and enrichment coordinator/TAG... 
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