The Craft of Songwriting



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.

Songwriting Basics

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The Craft of Songwriting

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.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • 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.

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Performance Opportunities

If you're ready to move beyond playing for your friends or busking at train stations, you'll need ... read more »

Songwriters' Festivals and Songwriters' Conferences

Songwriting conferences allow songwriters the opportunity to network with a wider circle of ... read more »

Music Publishing, Music Licensing, and Music Copywriting

The business arm of songwriting is as varied as the creative side. Artists who have moved beyond ... read more »

Songwriters, Song Lyrics, and Song Arrangents

There are many sites devoted to song lyrics and chords by established artists. It is easy to use ... read more »

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