How to Write a Song: Using Critique | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

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In this free tutorial, Berklee Online instructor Andrea Stolpe shares tips and techniques for providing and receiving feedback and constructive criticism from fellow songwriters to improve your songs.

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Learn techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles—techniques that have propelled Berklee alumni to write number one songs and win Grammy Awards. In this program, you will develop skills to create song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics that support and enhance the ideas that you want to express. Through listening and analysis, you will be able to recognize and discuss quality elements in musical and lyrical structures. You will learn arranging techniques that support the style and structure of a song with appropriate instrumentation. You will develop your own voice as a songwriter and learn to write more effectively and efficiently, whether by yourself or in collaboration with other songwriters.

Andrea Stolpe is a multi-platinum recorded songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing, with songs recorded by such artists as Faith Hill, Daniel Lee Martin, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online’s online songwriting program. Recently released in fall of 2007, her book Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling describes how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

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Andrea graduated with a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She continues to tour and promote her solo release, “Breaking Even,” and serve as a guest clinician nationally and abroad. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her husband, recording engineer Jan Teddy.

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5 thoughts on “How to Write a Song: Using Critique | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

  • May 20, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I actually have the opposite thought from one of the posted comments; I appreciate having a short video of helpful information. Often times I don't have a long stretch of time to watch a video These are perfect for hearing quick valuable input from an experienced teacher!

  • May 20, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Thank you. I was a published songwriter in Nashville in the nineties and, without taking your time for explanations, am writing again. I am lost these days. Thanks again. I subscribed to hear more.

  • May 20, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I'd prefer a series of videos for people, who are songwriters with maybe tips for them to look at things in different perspective. Some techniques, that are unusual but interesting and are being used by artists today. This online course seems to me like a course for musicians, who aren't really songwriters but want to write. Like basic tutorials for people, who don¨t know how to improvise, that tell them the "rules" of improvisation. Different perspectives would be better than "rules". That's just what I think.

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