Berklee Online presents

Beginning Songwriting

I recently finished a new book with co-author Jan Stolpe called “Beginning Songwriting,” and I’d like to talk about its contents here


Instructor Spotlight: Neil Diercks

Berklee Online songwriting instructor Neil Diercks talks about his teaching methods as well as his experience in the music industry.

Writing Outside Your Box

We all have a particular style of writing, whether we’re aware of it or not. Our style supersedes genre, and characteristics of it bleed through

Networking That Works

One of the first questions I ask songwriters and artists I work with is, “what are you doing to network with other writers and artists?”

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How to Use Sensory Language in Lyrics

Berklee Online songwriting instructor Andrea Stolpe teaches you how to use sensory language in your lyrics to write more vivid songs.

Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton Shares Insights On Lyric Writing

Andrea Stolpe talks songwriting with producer/engineer Young Guru, known for his work with Jay-Z, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ludacris, and Ghostface Killah.

Common Lyric Writing Roadblocks…and Ways to Overcome Them

As our newest creative group is about to get underway, I’m thinking about some of the frustrations they’ve expressed with their writing and how to guide them through these challenges.

5 Steps to More Inspiration

There are a few things we songwriters can do to increase the odds we’ll write something slightly more rare and coveted than our average gleaning.

Why Take Writing Hit Songs?

What does it take to write a hit song? Many of us are familiar with the perfect pop song formula – keep it under 3:30, stick to 4/4 time, etc.

Why Take Berklee Online's Writing and Producing Advertising Music Course?

Berklee Online’s Jingle Writing course aims to teach students not only how to write a memorable hook, but also about the structure of the commercial music marketplace, revenue flow