inspiring collection of songwriting courses, I'll share the tips,
insight and resources you'll need to turn your ideas into songs.
Every week we'll explore, discuss, write and perform music while helping
you become a better songwriter.
-- Dave Caruso
is optional.) Unlock your songwriting potential with creative
instruction, live demonstration and in-class writing assignments.
Students will have the opportunity to complete one or more songs during
(Intermediate-Advanced.) Take your songwriting to the next level
with creative instruction, songwriting assignments and live performance.
This course will focus on what makes songs memorable.
(Intermediate-Advanced.) Expand your collaborative songwriting
skills with creative instruction, live demonstration, writing assignments
and in-class performance. Co-write words and music with classmates and
the instructor with
partners and teams.
Music Theory & Ear
(Having a piano keyboard at home is recommended.) Understand how scales,
intervals and chords apply to melody, harmony and chord changes.
The more you know about how music works, the more tools you'll develop
to use in your songwriting.
Rewriting to Improve
(Intermediate-Advanced.) Free yourself from the perceived
constraints of your early and unfinished drafts. This course will
let you rewrite your songwriting heroes, rewrite your own material and
learn the secrets to how I've rewritten mine. We'll focus on
making your songwriting more adaptable, flexible and easy.
Each week we'll investigate the words and
music to a variety of killer songs
and apply some of the techniques we uncover to new songs by
participating members of the class.
Arranging for Songwriters
This course is all about the
presentation of your songs. As we cover the elements of style,
instrumentation, arrangement and music production, we'll
apply these techniques to your own songs that you choose to share with
Promoting and Marketing
your music heard and noticed! A detailed look at how to promote your
songs on web sites & social media, plus how to submit music to
reviewers, blogs, radio shows & podcasts. Includes a crash course in
Songs in 8 Weeks
(Intermediate-Advanced.) Compose a song on a different assigned
topic every week. Brainstorm your premise and develop your song
form during class. Play your song the following week and get immediate,
registrant will receive a folder to fill with handouts, examples and
assignments from every week of class. Missed materials can be picked
up the following week or received via email.
Courses are offered in a
classroom setting at:
14101 Leroy St. / Southgate, MI
Southgate Community Education
Fall & Winter semesters, 8-week courses
Register by phone: 734.246.4633
19501 W Outer Dr / Dearborn, MI 48124
Spring semester, 6-week courses
Register by phone: 313.827.1959