Self-Study- Learn about story development, song structure, melody writing, prosody, phrasing, point of view and much more. 5 Credits

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This is a self study class.


Course Description

 You will register at songwork.com, which is a songwriting education site featuring unlimited access to video lectures by nationally-acclaimed teachers including Steve Seskin, Pat Pattison, Andrea Stolpe, Steve Leslie, Jimmy Kachulis and Bonnie Hayes. The principles covered in these videos can be applied to all genres of songwriting. Learn about story development, song structure, melody writing, prosody, phrasing, point of view and much more.  These song writing instructors  believe that when it comes to writing songs there are no rules – only tools. If you’d like to see short previews of some Songwork videos, check out their YouTube channel and get a taste of what they have to offer!


Course Objectives:


Learn 3 elements of songwriting 

Apply elements to your own songwriting


Note, This class does not have a text book but it does require you to register on the songwork site for one month at $29 to access a multitude of videos. 



  •  Watch 3 1/2 hours worth of song writing videos at SongWork
  • 1 hour assignment-  Summarize the lessons you learn; include the names of the instructors and the topics of the videos you studied.   Apply the lessons to your own songwriting and describe how you did so. 


Here’s What People are Saying: 

“I learned sooo much from this course. 

  •  Make sure your songs are factual and make sense but they don’t have to be the truth.
  •  You can have an opinion about something without it happening to you.” Katie Z.M.

“My favorite part discussed how the placement of the lyrics on varying beats make a significant impact in the audience’s emotional comprehension of the lyric.” Jennifer M.

“Not only did this help me with MY songwriting….it also gave me useful tips to use when working with clients who are writing songs of their own.”  Susan W.

“I liked the format of the website. It gave me the option of choosing those topics that were most important to me for my practice.” Katie Z.


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Song Writing is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106,  maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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