Lyric Writing

Written approval of program director
Electable by: 
All graduate students
Required of: 
None; elective course in all graduate programs
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult for specific term availability.

This course explores lyric writing and is designed both for experienced songwriters and those who are new at it. The course is tool-based, designed to dig into the craft of lyric writing, to explore practical strategies and techniques, and to reveal options and opportunities. Students explore strategies for finding and developing song ideas; they choose and organize song ideas more effectively; they explore and apply the concept of prosody; and they learn to create stable and unstable structures to support stable or unstable ideas. Students also explore the compositional elements that support lyric writing, including, among others number of lines and line lengths, rhyming, rhythm, titling, and phrasing. Students also learn how to critique their own work and the work of others, as well as how to revise lyrics to make them more effective.

Course chair: 
Robert C. Lagueux