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Writing Music 101: Songwriting Basics

Jason Rivera, Music Composer

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7 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Assignment

    • 3. Chords

    • 4. Melody

    • 5. Lyrics

    • 6. Orchestration & Arrangement

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn the basics of songwriting from composer Jason Rivera. This class covers fundamentals such as chords, melodies, lyrics, orchestration and arrangement. I share several tips and techniques that I’ve picked up on my musical path.

For your class project you will write an original song/composition, utilizing the fundamentals we cover in the class, and record it. Your recording doesn't have to be professional quality—a smartphone demo will work just fine. For beginners, I’ll supply you with a chord progression to work with.

Anyone interested in cultivating their skills as a songwriter or composer can learn from this class. Prior knowledge and/or experience in music is helpful but not required--beginners are welcome!

If you're interested in writing your own original chord progression to use in your song check out my deep dive class Writing Music 101: Create a Chord Progression in a Major Key.

If you want to learn how to change keys (modulate) in your piece check out my other class Writing Music 101: Changing Keys (Modulation).

If you'd like to dive deeper into writing melodies check out my class Writing Music 101: Composing Melodies.





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Jason Rivera

Music Composer

Jason Rivera is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. He had his music

broadcast worldwide during the El Clásico pre-game show, collaborated with members of the

legendary hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, and toured the United States as a performer. He has

also exhibited his sound art at such venues as Cranbrook Academy of Art Forum Gallery in

Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Get This! Gallery and Saltworks Ga...

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