The New Songwriter's Workshop

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

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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Work with an Expert Mentor for Six Weeks

Sign up for this course with six weeks of personal mentorship from an expert, and get unlimited access to the content, forever.

Price $499

Payment plans available. to find out more.

Subscribe for Access to All Our Courses

Get access to all our premium courses without mentorship for a low monthly price.

Price $39/month

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

Joseph Capalbo

Songwriter, Producer, Guitarist
  • Music placed on several global TV networks
  • Songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music
  • Award-winning music educator

Sırma Munyar

Singer, Songwriter, Producer
  • Artist with over a million listens on Spotify
  • Recorded with Illenium, Keri Hilson, Akon, etc.
  • Singer for major TV ads

Raven Katz

Singer, Songwriter, Educator
  • Nashville-based songwriter and solo artist
  • Highly-experienced in musical collaboration
  • Studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music


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 will I learn?

You'll learn about common song structures, common harmonic devices, how to craft memorable melodies, tricks for overcoming writer's block, and more. You'll analyze other people's music, develop tools to think about your own music in new ways, and write a few songs of your own.

Are there any pre-reqs?

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 that's a piano, a keyboard, a guitar, a DAW or MIDI-programmable device, etc.

How does a Soundfly course work?

We offer two ways to experience our courses: with mentorship or with a subscription. Enrolling with mentorship involves in-depth weekly personalized support and feedback from an expert for the six week duration of the course.

Enrolling with a subscription does not include mentorship but gives you access to all of the courses on to go through at your own pace for as long as you're subscribed (and tons of extra perks — see below).

What do I get if I enroll as a subscriber?

As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all the course content on, including this course and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our courses. You're also entitled to discounts of up to 33% on our mentorship programs, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Slack group, and you'll have access to exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. You can cancel anytime.

You can find out more about subscribing here.

What do I get if I enroll with mentorship?

Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. 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 can find out more about mentorship and our expert mentors here.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content and 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 does the pricing work?

A subscription costs $39/month or only $19/month if you enroll annually.

Enrolling with mentorship costs $449 for six weeks of intensive support from an expert, plus lifetime access to the specific course you're purchasing. Payment plans are available — reach out to [email protected] to find out more.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes, if you enroll with mentorship. If you enroll with mentorship 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, in order to honor the valuable time of our mentors.

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!

How long does this course last?

Our courses were designed to be taken in six weeks. If you enroll with a mentor, you will go through that six week curriculum. If you enroll with a subscription on the other hand, you can choose to use the six week structure, or you can ignore it and jump around as much as you want.

Will there be future sessions of the course?

Yes! Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.