Whether you're aspiring to join the ranks of professional song writers or simply want to find an open mic at which to play your latest tune, a large and varied songwriting community exists to satisfy song writers of all skill and experience levels. The Internet contains a wealth of information applicable to everyone, from the dabbling novice to the meticulous expert.
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As with poetry, prose, and other forms of writing, there are many schools of thought on song composition. While it is ultimately up to the artist to make or break these rules, understanding the form is the first step to making great work. In lieu of attending a university for a formal music education, you can use the Internet for educational resources, including online study programs.
- Many of the more respected music schools offer online songwriting and music instruction.
- If you plan to attend a songwriter conference and/or workshop, always read up on the faculty before signing on.
For tips ...
contains comprehensive songwriting tips, songwriting articles, advice on choosing recording studio equipment, and more.
helps you make your songwriting into a business. Tips on making music suitable for radio broadcast, forums, and music industry news are available.
offers tricks to help you write that breakout song. You'll learn how to devise a catchy melody and how to overcome stage fright. You'll also find a directory of the most popular song lyrics.
For online courses ...
is the online school for the highly respected Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
boasts self-contained music lessons developed by Berklee faculty and alumni, a library of MP3s, and movies. Use of this site is free and open to the worldwide music community.
Harriet Schock School of Songwriting
is an online songwriting course created by an award-winning songwriter whose tunes have been covered by top artists. It is an eight-week course consisting of nine lessons, sent to you by mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail. The course cost is $550, or $500 if it is all done by e-mail.
For a directory of music schools ...
The Songwriting Education Resource
features a directory of national music schools and centers. There is also a chat room, an archive of songwriting articles, and a "Songwriter's Survival Kit."
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