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Songwriting

Pat Pattison Berklee College of Music @Coursera
Class Start: 2014-07-21
Duration: 6 weeks
Approximate Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Level: beginner
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Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.
Categories: [Art, Design, Music, Film]

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-03-14
Pat is a gifted teacher. It was profoundly enjoyable having the opportunity to learn from him.

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Raymond Maxwell , 2013-11-28
Great lectures, informative, engaging. I took this course last spring and several months later I still have many of Pat's insights in the front of my consciousness. The peer review process was a bit discouraging after having completed a much better peer-review experience in ModPo, but I stuck with the course anyway and was glad that I did. The course will give you a deeper insight in to the making of music and of poetry, the length of lines, the number of lines in a stanza, rhythms and rhymes, and how all that affects the listener. Definitely one of my top course choices.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-11-10
Engaging material and instructor. You can learn a lot just by "auditing" (do assignments, but don't bother with the peer evaluations).

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-04-26
Fantastic presentation, fantastic content, makes it easier to write good songs, and to tell if a song is good and know how to improve one. Should be called a lyrics course, it's really not about melody, although you need to be able to record somehow even if just yourself speaking over a downloadable drum loop.

The peer review rubric was deeply flawed in ways that seemed to encourage low grades but the prof is aware of that and was already testing improvement ideas on the last peer project.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-04-04
This course has great content and a talented, engaging instructor. However, it has the worst deployment of peer evaluation that I have yet seen on Coursera. In my view, though the content is ready for prime time, the poor mechanical performance means that this course should be taken back to the woodshed and reworked.

Students who want useful feedback will greatly benefit from forming local or virtual groups to exchange the week's assignments and provide one another with feedback

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-04-01
I'm amazed how much easier it is to write songs, just using the clearly explained "tool set" Pat gives us. If you're at all interested in songwriting, take this class before it stops being free!

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