Generate more and better songwriting ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.
Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.
Studying with Berklee’s accomplished songwriting faculty, you'll delve into lyric writing, melody, harmony, theory, arranging, and strategies employed by some of the all-time great songwriters.
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.
Learn to write songs!
This book presents the basic concepts of popular songwriting, such as music theory, song construction, creativity techniques, melodic and harmonic development, how to write memorable lyrics, and other core topics. Hands-on exercises make it practical, and the accompanying online recording illustrates the concepts—even for those who don’t read music.
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“Andrea is a master of her craft and a fantastic teacher to boot. The book is bursting with helpful tools that are pretty awesome to have all in one place, and even after writing songs for twenty years, it was an inspiring refresher for me.”
—Mike Schmid, Artist, Songwriter, Keyboardist, and Backing Vocalist (Miley Cyrus)
“Andrea Stolpe has done it again! Following her wonderful book, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, she’s written a comprehensive, clear roadmap for young songwriters (of any age) who want to stock their tool belts with more effective ways to craft their songs. Andrea covers both the lyrical and musical aspects of the craft in easy-to-follow steps. Bravo Andrea!”
—Pat Pattison, Author, Clinician, and Berklee College of Music Professor of Lyric Writing and Poetry
“This book is a ‘must have’ for the beginning songwriter! Whether you’re formally trained or write songs by ear, Beginning Songwriting will give you a clear and comprehensive road map to writing great songs. In detailed chapters on lyrics, melody, and chord structure, Andrea Stolpe uncovers the magic behind what makes a song work. This is more than just the ABCs of Songwriting. It’s the whole alphabet!”
—Susan Cattaneo, Songwriter, Artist, and Professor of Songwriting at Berklee College of Music
“Andrea Stolpe is a gifted writer and a fabulous teacher! Beginning Songwriting is must read for anyone writing songs. I can’t think of a more qualified person than Andrea Stolpe to write a book to help people navigate the windy creative road every great songwriter eventually goes down.”
—Steve Seskin, Songwriter, Artist, and Producer
Andrea Stolpe is a songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and…