The New Songwriter's Workshop

Unlock your creativity by exploring the foundational elements of writing a great song.

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Next Session Starts April 19

1 Hour A Week

9 Sections

Songwriting is a deeply personal art. There's no one right way to do it, but there are some universal tips, strategies, and sources of inspiration that can help get you started or break through your writer's block.

In this course, acclaimed songwriter Oli Rockberger lays out some of the approaches he uses when choosing harmonic progressions, crafting memorable melodies, finding effective writing strategies, and more. Sign up now and write your next great song!

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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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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. 

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.

How long does it take? 

This course was designed to be taken on your own time, at your own pace, but it was designed to last about a month. 

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 song of your own.