Write Song Lyrics that Inspire Change

Stefanie Potter, Music Artistry Channel

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:04
    • 2. Song Components

      3:15
    • 3. Choosing a Topic and Forming a Hook

      4:14
    • 4. Brainstorming the Rest

      7:50
    • 5. Writing

      5:28
    • 6. Tips

      2:54
    • 7. Final Thoughts

      1:25

Project Description

By the end of this course, you will write a first draft of inspirational song lyrics, regarding a topic you care deeply about.  

As a guideline, this lyric can include:

  • 2 verses - typical length is 4-6 lines
  • pre-chorus (optional) - typical length is 1-3 lines
  • chorus - typical length is 1-4 lines
  • bridge - typical length is 2-4 lines

Upload your lyrics for critique from your fellow classmates and me.  You can also upload your edited version for feedback.  Don't worry about it being spectacular the first time around.  First drafts are fine!  Remember, it's taken me 15 years to write at this level... and I'm still learning and growing.  Let's celebrate your first inspirational lyrics!  :)

Share your lyrics on your favorite social media site.  If you are, or know, an instrumentalist, feel free to put it to music and upload or post a link to a video or song!

Recommended resources:

  • B-rhymes.com - rhyming dictionary
  • Evernote - app for notes on the go
  • Other Skillshare classes on songwriting
  • Your favorite inspirational songs or songs that have changed your perspective on life
  • A friend who plays guitar or piano, if you want to put it to music
  • Classmates! :)

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