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Time Management Skills for Songwriters

Having a desire to create without the time or process to create it can feel like an enormous burden. The solution is fairly simple: Make a plan and stick to it.

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How to Write Original Holiday Songs

‘Tis the season to spice up your catalog of originals with holiday songwriting tips courtesy of songwriter Brady Rymer, Berklee Online songwriting instructors Andrea Stolpe and Jimmy Kachulis, as well as Berklee’s Joe Bennett, who helped compose what is winkingly known as “the happiest Christmas song, according to science.”

Songwriting Imagery

How to Write a Song Using Imagery

Learn how to write a song using imagery in a series of video tutorials by Berklee Online songwriting instructor Andrea Stolpe.

What the Music Modernization Act Means for Music Streaming

Ask not what the Music Modernization Act can do for you. Ask what you can do to get ready for the Music Modernization Act.

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4 Critical Listening Tips for Songwriters

One of the most important techniques you can learn as a songwriter is how to listen critically. We start by breaking the different components of a song into four large moving parts: Melody, Chords, Lyric, and Groove.

Songwriter Bonnie Hayes on Sexism, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Bonnie Hayes talks songwriting for Bonnie Raitt (and winning a Grammy for it), touring with Bob Seger, playing keys for Billy Idol, and being blown away by the Sex Pistols in 1978, and how all of that led to her coming to teach at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online.

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8 Tools for Richer Chord Progressions in Songwriting

Chords are a driving element of many songs. When we’ve got four elements of songwriting to manipulate (melody, chords, lyrics, and groove), it’s natural to credit them or blame them for a successful song. But how do we songwriters find and use great chords?

Chip Taylor on ‘Wild Thing,’ Hendrix, and ‘Angel of the Morning’

Chip Taylor wrote “Wild Thing.” He really doesn’t need to write any more songs. But that doesn’t mean he’s showing any signs of stopping. He’s got a new album out, and is eager to discuss everything leading up to this moment on this edition of the Music Is My Life podcast.

Songwriting Ideas: 20 Tips to Write 20 Songs in 20 Days

Andrea Stolpe offers 20 songwriting activities to help you push outside the writing process that may be familiar to you.

A musician with their guitar sitting on a bridge.

How to Write a Bridge to a Song

The problem with bridges is we’re often more clear about what we don’t want them to be than what we do.