Songwriting 2

Course Number: PROD-101DL Credit Hours: 4

Course Description

This course will continue the study of popular song construct, but will be applied directly to varied genres of music and the requisite shift in stylistic approach. Each genre demands varied approaches as applies to lyric, melody, hook construct and delivery, structure and chord progressions. Popular genres to be analyzed will include Pop, Pop/Rock, Modern Rock, Hip Hop, Dance/Electronica, Indie/Folk and Alternative Country. Prerequisite: Songwriting 1.

Jae Deal

Music Production Faculty

DEAL is an accomplished Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, hip hop, R&B and gospel.  He has worked behind the scenes as well as on stage with artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Faith Evans, TPain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Deal has contributed to the works of Elton John and songwriter Diane Warren. His diverse talents and ability to create fresh sounds for any modern track have kept him busy on the road and in the studio.

Week 1

  • Explaining Core Concepts in Simple Terms
  • Purpose & Power in Form
  • Why Break the Song Form
  • How to Break Form
  • When to Break Form
  • Chord Progression Discussion
  • Leading tones
  • Bass Substitutions
  • The Song Begins

Week 2

  • Melody Writing
  • Melodic Variation Techniques
  • Rhythmic Variation Techniques
  • Symbolism
  • The “1 Phrase” test
  • Rhyme Scheme
  • Meter Structure
  • Symmetry/Parallelism
  • Double Entendre


Week 3

  • Song Classification: Lyrical & Musical
  • Rock – Lyrics & Music
  • Pop – Lyrics & Music
  • Country – Lyrics & Music
  • Hip-Hop/Trapp – Lyrics & Music
  • Jazz – Lyrics & Music
  • Religious/Spiritual – Lyrics & Music
  • Reggae – Lyrics & Music

Week 4

  • Understanding & Writing Universal Themes
  • Love
  • Isolation/Inclusion
  • Party
  • Storytelling
  • Conveying Emotion
  • Lifestyle Songs
  • Religious/Spiritual
  • Novelty Songs
  • Promotional
  • Theme Songs
  • Crossover Songs
  • Narrative (Changing Perspective)

Week 5

  • Identifying Songs Around You
  • Creating Moments
  • Co-Writing 1

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker

Depending on what path you choose to study during your private lessons (engineering, songwriting, guitar, bass, or drums), you may also need:

  • Electric or acoustic guitar, amp, etc.
  • Drums (acoustic or electric), sticks, etc.

Software Requirements:

Operating Systems

  •         Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  •         Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  •         Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  •         iOS 7 and newer
  •         Android 4.2 and newer

Supported Browsers

Canvas, our online learning platform, supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. As of March 12, 2016, we support the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Chrome 54 and 55
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh ONLY)
  • Firefox 49 and 50 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 22 and 23 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements).

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. Learn how to clear your cache on a Mac or a PC.

Required Components

  • Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers, such as Firefox, may no longer support Flash.
  • The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

Screen Size

  • LACM Online is best viewed at a minimum of 800×600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view your courses on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512 kbps

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome