The New Songwriter's Workshop

Go from performing other people's music to writing your own by exploring the fundamentals of creating great songs.

We're not your average online course.
Find out about our mentorship approach.

Starts April 7

Six Week Mentor-Guided Course

Money‑Back Guarantee

Are you a musician who has just started writing your own music? Jumpstart your creative process with this course full of universal tips, strategies, and sources of inspiration to help you craft your own sound.

In this course, acclaimed songwriter Oli Rockberger lays out some of the approaches he uses when choosing harmonic progressions, composing memorable melodies, finding effective writing strategies, and more. Plus, you'll get weekly personalized feedback on your songs from an expert Soundfly Mentor. Sign up now and write your next great song!

Oli Rockberger

Songwriter, Pianist, Producer

Oli Rockberger is a singer/songwriter, solo artist, producer/arranger, studio keys sideman, and one-third of the acclaimed electro-soul act Mister Barrington, based between New York and his native London. Currently working on his fourth studio album, his music has won critical acclaim for its blending of pop, soul, and jazz, while his musical breadth and versatility has led to collaborations with the likes of Levon Helm, Laura Mvula, Carly Simon, Gloria Gaynor, John Mayer, Jesse Harris, Judy Collins, Les McCann, Chris Dave, John Forte, and Randy Brecker, amongst numerous others. Oli performs, records, and presents workshops internationally, and brings the richness of his musical experiences to his insightful and engaging course for new songwriters.

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  • Unlimited access to interactive and video content
  • Weekly feedback and support from an expert Soundfly Mentor
  • Membership in our growing online Slack community of students and mentors

Price $499

Give yourself the tools to write great songs

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the various elements of a great song and how to piece them together to create something original.

Listen Differently to Your Favorite Songs

We show you how to listen to and analyze your favorite songs in new ways.

Expand Your Harmonic Palette

We explore how to build common chord progressions using triads and seventh chords.

Craft Memorable Melodies & Hooks

We explore some key factors that can contribute to really great melody writing.

Overcome Writer's Block & Practice Writing

This course includes strategies for starting out and writing prompts for practice.
Are you an educator? If so, you can access educator discounts. !


Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.

Christina Apostolopoulos

Songwriter & Guitarist
  • Independent songwriter finishing up second full-length album
  • Leader of songwriting workshops for GRCA, Loud Program, & others
  • Featured in songwriting showcases at Berklee College of Music

Mahea Lee

Multi-Genre Composer
  • Written & performed solo and in multiple acts around NYC & LA
  • Contemporary Writing & Production grad from Berklee College of Music
  • Songwriting experience in jazz, pop, classical, & contemporary genres


Course Outline

  1. Start
    Section 1


  2. Start
    Section 2

    Building Blocks

  3. Start
    Section 3

    Active Listening

  4. Start
    Section 4

    Major Key Triads

  5. Start
    Section 5

    Major Key 7th Chords

  6. Start
    Section 6

    Writing Melodies

  7. Start
    Section 7

    Starting to Write

  8. Start
    Section 8

    Other Approaches

  9. Start
    Section 9



Who is this course for?

This course is for beginner songwriters who are looking to learn how to write songs from scratch. It focuses specifically on the building blocks of songwriting, including structure, harmony, and melody. 

Is there a money-back guarantee? 

YES. If you sign up and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week. The reason that the second week of the course is a cut-off for our guarantee is simply because if we go past that deadline, our mentors will have likely put in a lot of time, energy, and effort already. 

We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible! 

What are the requirements?

There are no pre-requirements for this course, although it's targeted specifically at people who know some piano or guitar. The course touches on chords, intervals, and other elements of composition. You will need some way to make music, whether a piano, keyboard, guitar, MIDI program, etc.

What do I get as a Mainstage student? 

The Mainstage experience is built on our science-backed active learning model, which helps you learn more efficiently and effectively than typical online courses. The key difference is our mentorship approach — one-on-one coaching with a trained Soundfly Mentor who has extensive experience in the subject. When you sign up, we'll pair you with an expert who will tailor the course to your experience level, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your musical goals.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content — including in-depth lessons, activities with answer keys, quizzes, video tutorials, and downloadable resources — so you can review anytime and keep your skills sharp.

As an extra perk, you’ll get lifetime access to our tight-knit musician community group on Slack, where you’ll find peer-to-peer feedback and support, lots of inspiration, and fun, musical conversations with fellow Soundfly students, mentors, and staff.

How long does it take? 

You'll want to really digest the material at your own pace, but the guided experience will last about six weeks.

What will I learn by the end? 

You'll finish this course having learned about common song structures, common harmonic devices, how to craft memorable melodies, tricks for overcoming writer's block, and more. By the end, you will have analyzed other people's music, thought about your own music in new ways, and written a few songs of your own. 

What does it mean that the course starts on a specific date?

As soon as you purchase a course, you can begin exploring the course material immediately. On the start date, the session begins, which means you'll begin the guided experience that includes weekly activities, feedback from Soundfly Mentors, and much more. This is intended to help you stay accountable and get the feedback you need to succeed. 

Will there be future sessions of the course?

Yes! We plan to run new sessions roughly every two months. Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.