Songwriting for Everyone

Learn how to write songs without needing to read or write music!
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (121 ratings)
5,070 students
Songwriting for Everyone
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (121 ratings)
5,069 students
Compose a song in any style or genre without needing to read or write music, and without needing to play an instrument.


  • No previous experience or preparation necessary, just the desire to write songs!
This is a songwriting course for everyone, whether you're already a musician, or someone with no training at all but the desire to create music.

Think of composers such as Paul McCartney, who admits to no formal training in music. Or singers, who even at an early age can sing in perfect pitch. The ability to create music is in everyone. 

Have you ever seen Behind The Music or an interview with a famous composer or band on how they actually write their songs? They almost always play chords on a guitar or piano which generates melodies in their mind. 

In this course you will learn how melodies are generated in the mind as chords are played.  You will see how musical phrases are joined into sentences, and then combined  into sections, which  form songs. Throughout the course I use real world examples of contemporary hit songs such as Rihanna's "Stay" and Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself." I also discuss and demonstrate the application of basic songwriting techniques and song elements in classic rock songs from Led Zeppelin to Nirvana.

These sections - Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Bridge - are the main elements  of today's modern music. At the end of this course you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style or genre!

This is an interactive course, where I play chord progressions on the guitar as you sing melodies. By the end of this course you will have written your first song, and you will be able to compose as many songs as you wish, in any style - pop, jazz, rock, country, and more!

Who this course is for:
  • ANYONE interested in songwriting, from total newcomers to experienced and even professional musicians.
Course content
4 sections • 16 lectures • 1h 19m total length
  • Intro: Welcome & Getting Started
  • 1: Creating a Musical Phrase
  • 2: The Construction of Two Musical Phrases
  • The Various Methods Utilized to Create Three Phrases
  • Review of Musical Phrases and Chord Progressions
  • The Creation of the Verse and Its Importance In the Development of the Song
  • Continuation of the Verse Development and Ideas on Construction
  • The Pre-Chorus
  • Chords and Keys
  • The Role of the Chorus as the Main Body of the Song
  • Review: Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus and Chorus
  • The Importance and Function of Repetition in All Music
  • The Bridge: a Brand New Section Used in Many Modern Songs
  • Review
  • The Completed Song
  • Summing Up - Final Thoughts on Songwriting

Music Instructor, Arranger, Composer and Author
Joseph Lilore
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 121 Reviews
  • 5,071 Students
  • 1 Course

Joseph R. Lilore is an arranger, composer and author with over 25 published books. He has taught music at all levels and across musical genres. 

In his chord book "Guitar Chords for the 21st Century," he presents 1,848 alternative C chords, for a total of 22,176 new chords in all.

In addition to teaching and writing, he is a composer who has composed six pieces for guitar and various ensembles, as well as five pieces for violin and classical guitar.  

In this course he brings his depth of music knowledge and his teaching background to create easy-to-follow, accessible lessons.