Songwriting Starter: Melody, Rhythm, and Lyrics for Beginners

In this 55-minute class we will compose a new song collaboratively, including musical notation that can be saved and shared with friends and family.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will learn the basics of songwriting, including melody, rhythm, and lyrics. They will also be introduced to basic music theory and notation in the songwriting process.
No homework, yay!
A free account to can be helpful if students want to continue working on their own, but it is not required for the class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
We will assess our composition together throughout the songwriting process. Individual students will be encouraged to actively participate but not required.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class. is an online musical notation tool created both for professionals to create sheet music and for students to learn and experiment with musical notation, instruments, and more. I will be using this website to notate and display what students come up with, so that we can listen to our composition on the fly. Students are NOT required to create their own accounts, but may do so if they want to notate along with me or experiment on their own. Students should ask for parental permission before creating an account and should follow safe online practices.


Paul Smallman, M.A., State-Certified
Lives in the United States
Songwriting, Voice-Guitar-Ukulele Lessons, Music and Video Production
2 completed classes

About Me

Hey, Outschoolers!

I am a singer, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I have spent my life enjoying all that music has to offer! As a classically trained vocalist and musician I have a firm belief that music... 
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