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How to Write a Memorable Melody for Songwriters

Essential to the experience of almost every song we know and love is a memorable melody. But what are some of the markers of a great melody, and how can we use those markers to not only complement the chords and lyrics we write, but marry them as a natural expression of our unique artistry? Whether our own melodies emerge on autopilot or through a good deal of editing, we’ll open wide the full toolbox of rhythm, pitch, and phrasing that expands our melodic style and inspires more connection between our words and our music. We will start our session by exploring melodic motifs, and then get into the characteristics of melody and discuss how to manipulate pitch, rhythm, and phrasing to benefit our songwriting. Finally, we will finish with a small group exercise to write melodic motifs that highlight our lyric message.

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:00 PM ET
  • $99


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    What You’ll Learn

    • How to listen for motif as the building block of melody
    • How to explore the characteristics of melody we can manipulate, including pitch, rhythm, and phrasing
    • How to control the emotion you create through pitch shape, rhythm, phrasing, and rest space
    • How to write melodic motifs to underline the message of a lyric

    Meet Your Instructor

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    Andrea Stolpe

    Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Her songs have been recorded by artists including Faith Hill, Jimmy Wayne, Julianne Hough, and others. Andrea is the author and instructor of the course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, part of Berklee Online's songwriting program.

    Her books, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, and Beginning Songwriting, describe how to apply a unique process for uniting our artistic voice with the commercial market.

    Andrea lives in Los Angeles, and continues to serve as a guest clinician for music organizations around the world.


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