EM SONGWRITING COURSE

(8 customer reviews)

$200.00

This course is designed for creative individuals with analytical minds. Absolutely no prior music training is required. The course is fully self-contained, and an excellent fit for precocious beginners, or experienced composers who are looking for new strategies. Keep scrolling for details…

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EM Songwriting Course is my original, self-developed method for teaching and understanding songwriting. This course is designed for creative individuals with analytical minds. We start with something abstract (art, creativity, composition), and break it down into a beautifully systematic, expansive, flexible process.

If you have songs in your soul, but need a methodical approach to get them onto paper and into soundwaves, this course is right for you. Absolutely no prior music training is required. The course is fully self-contained, and an excellent fit for precocious beginners, or experienced composers who are looking for new strategies.

What to Expect…

Inside, you’ll find 9 modules organized by big-picture concepts and topics, with 59 total lessons breaking down everything from melody structure, to chord theory, to lyric development.

Each lesson is delivered in a carefully scripted video, ensuring the absolute most efficient and thorough delivery of information and concepts. I’ve edited out all “ums” and “uhs” to keep everything focused and streamlined.

Altogether, the course comes in at 12 total hours of concentrated video instruction. And of course, there are tons of original worksheets, graphic organizers, and other cool printables, too.

The process is fully self-guided—no one-to-one instruction, no “live” sessions, and no collected/graded assignments or assessments of any kind. But, enrollees will be invited to a private Facebook group in which to ask questions, share ideas, and receive support from fellow songwriters.

Once again, you do not need any prior music education to enter this course. The curriculum is designed to meet your needs, regardless of where you begin. That said, in order to build harmonies, you will need access to a piano, or a simple midi keyboard (I will teach you how to use them).

Or, if you are already an intermediate or advanced guitar player, you can substitute guitar for piano.

Testimonials

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“This is a really thorough course in songcraft that will fully equip complete beginners but also providing many tools, concepts and exercises that will inspire and surprise experienced writers.” – Paul G.

“The modules and individual lessons are clear and easy to follow and really do work well for any skill level.” – Erica P.

“Thank you so much for this excellent course. You really have taught me to see songwriting from a completely different perspective.” – Michel C.

“I already thought I was good at songwriting before, but this course opened up so many new avenues to build a song from scratch.” – Robert L.

A Note For Music Educators…

If you are looking for pedagogical strategies for your own music students, please consider that everything in this course (the overall method, the videos, and all other course materials) is my original work.

I have invested hundreds of hours in the creation of these course materials, and over a decade developing the method in my private studio. Music is my livelihood, and this course allows me to bring my work to more students than I could ever reach in real time, or in real space.

I would love to suggest that you take the course yourself, and feel very free to apply some principles or small tips from this course to your own teaching…but please refrain from showing videos, sharing PDFs, or replicating my entire method in your private lessons, or group sessions.

Rather, if you’d like to employ my methods more broadly, I hope you’ll encourage your students to purchase this course themselves, and then report to you for one-on-one help and support as they proceed.

If any of your students purchases this course upon your recommendation, I will happily send you 10% of the purchase amount as a “thank you” for the referral. ❤  Alternately, I am happy to offer your student(s) a discount on the course, if you prefer that to a referral payment.

If you teach a songwriting course in an institutional context (a secondary school, college, university, or conservatory), and would like to use my course materials as an official “text” or curriculum for your class, please reach out to me about licensing per-semester for large groups. Note: I am open to licensing the entire course, a single module, or even just a few lessons, per your particular needs.


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8 reviews for EM SONGWRITING COURSE

  1. Erica Peterson

    I’ve just started module 5, and I’m loving the class so far! The modules and individual lessons are clear and easy to follow and really do work well for any skill level. I have a large background in music and theory, and I’ve still learned a ton. It’s clear Emily has really cultivated this skill and condensed it into a learnable format that still allows for lots of creativity and freedom. She also explains everything so clearly and thoroughly that I can see someone with little to no experience in music would still be able to grasp the concepts and write a good song. I especially appreciated and enjoyed the techniques Emily teaches about chord selection–so much more in depth and beautiful than what I previously knew. My songwriting has already definitely improved a lot through the modules I’ve completed so far, and I’m really excited to get to the modules covering melody and lyrics. Thanks Emily!!

  2. Daniel Watts

    I think this course is a good course to do it introduces you into the basics of music theory and it is a beneficial class to take.

  3. Michel Cloutier

    “Your explanations and encouragement about how to keep developing the song and how to use all the skills from each of the modules was excellent. Thank you so much for this excellent course. You really have taught me to see songwriting from a completely different perspective. The tools you have given me to be creative and to think of new possibilities are really priceless. Now the challenge is to apply it all to this song and all the songs that will follow. Thanks Emily, you really are an excellent teacher and a great artist.”

  4. Paul Gilbody

    This is a really thorough course in songcraft that will fully equip complete beginners but also providing many tools, concepts and exercises that will inspire and surprise experienced writers. Emily goes deep on every aspect of songwriting – plenty of theory and technique if that’s what you’re looking for, but always keeping the focus on the creative and musical priorities by demonstrating a plethora of techniques you can choose to use (or not).

    I’m an avid student of songcraft and find that there is always something new to learn and Emily’s course provides this in spades. I expect to keep coming back and revisiting these tools and finding something new as I evolve as a writer. It’s a totally unique, structured approach, unlike any songwriting system I’ve seen and provides a flexible toolbox that can unlock countless possibilities and break the rut of songwriting process.

    Emily is clearly passionate about helping to expand your creativity in new ways, while retaining a creative sense of playfulness and wonder – providing a full understanding of ‘the rules’ but always championing trusting in your gut feel.

    A very complete system to either show you all of the ropes – or simply add some more creative arrows to your songwriting quiver.

  5. Hannah Knight

    Emily has a way of making you feel like you can accomplish anything. And with this course, you probably can! (In the world of songwriting, at least). I loved that Emily was writing her own song while I was writing mine. Watching her work through potential problems or situations with her song was so valuable as I navigated the same terrain. I’m not done with the course yet, but it has really given me confidence in my songwriting, and I can’t wait to learn more. Highly recommend!

  6. Robert Livingston

    I have experienced Emily’s songwriting course in person and through these modules, and it is exceptional! I already thought I was good at songwriting before, but this course opened up so many new avenues to build a song from scratch. I now know how to write a song from any starting point, be it from the beat and groove of the song, the chords, or if I already have a melody in mind. This course has given me the ability to structure a song thoughtfully and intentionally. A good song doesn’t just “happen” anymore, because I have the right tools to produce a catchy, memorable song each time I sit down to write. And, if it turns out I write something sub-par, I feel less afraid to start over. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their songwriting ability and who is willing to follow the modules closely. I had to put in the work to get the most out of it, but it was worth it!

  7. Scott Stoddard

    Emily does an excellent job walking you through so many useful aspects of song writing.

    She breaks it down into convenient digestible pieces. The course goes beyond the surface to deepen your understanding of the principles and ideas that have expanded my toolset and confidence in the creative song writing process.

    I really like the variety of teaching methods used, from concise written overviews, easy to watch videos, and downloadable interactive worksheets for deeper process driven learning.

    I’m excited about the song that Emily helped me create, and feel like this course will have a positive impact on all the songs I hope to create moving forward.

  8. Annie marsh

    I have been doing voice lessons off and on with Emily for years and I felt that same love I get in-person in this online songwriting course. Emily’s love of music is infectious and propels me forward!!

    In this course, Emily takes us through the process as she creates her own song and being brought behind the curtains this way is thrilling. She has a lot of useful examples on how to do each songwriting step, including improvising different melody fragments and how to put them together. The structure she outlines can really give you a starting place when you do not know what you are doing. This helped me get over some of the “fear” or “writers block” that has kept me from starting something new in the past.

    I have now used her method to write, produce, and record two originals and I HIGHLY recommend this course!!! I could have never done this without her.

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