Στο musicfor παρέχονται σπουδές Songwriting προσαρμοσμένες στις ανάγκες της μουσικής βιομηχανίας της εποχής μας. Τα μαθήματα περιλαμβάνουν γνώσεις και τεχνικές που μπορεί να χρησιμοποιεί ο τραγουδοποιός για να γράψει μουσική και στίχους. Οι σπουδαστές θα έρθουν σε επαφή με υλικό κατάλληλο για να καλλιεργήσουν τη δημιουργικότητά τους και να κατανοήσουν σε μεγαλύτερο βαθμό τα στάδια ολοκλήρωσης ενός τραγουδιού, μέσα από τη δημιουργία, τον πειραματισμό, τη χρήση ιδεών, τη δημιουργία demo, αλλά και την επανεπίσκεψη για αναθεώρηση και διόρθωση τμημάτων του κομματιού.

Φυσικά, τελικός στόχος δεν μπορεί να είναι άλλος από τη δημιουργία ενός επαγγελματικού project: ένα EP που θα μπορούν να καταθέσουν σε μία δισκογραφική, ή που θα κρατήσουν ως portfolio.

Πιο αναλυτικά, στη διδακτέα ύλη περιλαμβάνονται τα εξής:

Songwriter's Skills & Craft
Creative Songwriting: Melody and lyrics writing.
Basic Structures: The Verse-Chorus (AB) form. The Verse-Chorus-Bridge form.
Theory for Songwriters: Basic concepts of music theory for songwriters.
Lyric-writing: The 6 best friends. Number of Lines. Length of Lines. Rhyme types.
Dimension of lines: External. Internal. Hybrid.
Rambling & Scaffolding: Generating ideas, getting inspiration, using your senses.
Rhetoric in Songwriting: Anaphora, Parallelism, etc.
The Classic Form: Standard AABA form.
AAA Forms and blues Form: Old but still gold song forms.
Classic chord progressions: popular chords progressions, used in several genres.
History of Song: Glances at established songwriters.
Introduction to Music Technology: Creating a song demo.
Listening and analyzing songs: Understanding forms, lyrical concepts, etc.
Modes of Address: Lyrical. Dramatic. Narrative.
Through-composed Form: a more complex song form.
Basic Business of Music: Tips for new songwriters.

Songwriter's skills for today's market
Collaborative Songwriting
The Art of Collaboration: Team Songwriting. Finding the right team. Setting lyrics to music. Setting music to lyrics.
Collaborative project: Writing 2 songs as part of a collaboration.
Music Production
Identity, Vision, Intention: as an artist and as a producer.
Tools & Strategies: Arranging. Vocals delivery.
Crafting strong demos: DAW. Audio Interface. Microphones Types. Layering.
Business of Songwriting
Songwriter as a writer for other artists and the singer-songwriter.
Royalties. Performing rights. Songwriters associations. Record Labels.
Marketing. Product Management. Advertising. PR and branding.
Cost for recording, session musicians, mix/master, building a website.

End Goal: a Professional Project
Identify, plan and complete a project of your own choosing. This is a chance to present a showcase artefact, representing the songs developed during these 2 years of studies. The length should be between 15 to 20 minutes, relevant to a professional Extended Play (EP).

“I see music as fluid architecture.” - Joni Mitchell