Meaningful Songwriting: Write Songs That Matter To You
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Meaningful Songwriting: Write Songs That Matter To You

Learn how to develop and express your unique songwriting voice by identifying what is meaningful to you
4.2 (14 ratings)
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Created by Lauren Lapointe
Last updated 6/2016
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify what is meaningful to you and put it into a song.
  • Express your authentic voice through songwriting.
  • Understand how a song has the power to change the world.
  • Understand what makes a good and effective song.
  • Understand what purpose a song can serve.
  • Learn the difference between commercial and personal songwriting and why it’s important to learn both.
  • Discover six brainstorming techniques to help generate meaningful song ideas.
  • Have a better understanding of who you are in order to access more personal songwriting ideas.
  • Identify any places that may inspire meaningful song ideas.
  • Identify and be able to learn from your songwriting heroes.
  • Identify your favorite songs and how you can learn from them.
  • Understand how your life experiences have shaped you and can provide unique songwriting ideas.
  • Have a better understanding of the things that move you so that you can put this into your songs.
  • Understand why you want to write songs.
  • Have a better awareness of the topics that you find meaningful.
  • Identify what you would do if you could change the world and be able to express this through song.
  • Generate a master list of meaningful song ideas.
  • Have a general understanding of song structure and how to maintain meaning in this structure.
  • Understand the different parts of a song and how to apply meaning to them.
  • Understand how to keep the entire songwriting process meaningful: from first draft, though editing and polishing, receiving feedback, and possible co-writing.
  • Identify ways to continue to develop your own songwriting voice.
  • Understand how to share your song with the world.
  • Be able to share your meaningful song with the group.
  • Have a list of songwriting resources for further study.
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Requirements
  • An interest in songwriting.
  • Either a paper and pen or computer document for brainstorming and making a list of meaningful song ideas.
  • Optional: an instrument for writing songs, if you use one.
  • A way to record a song you write: phone, computer etc.
  • But mostly, an interest in studying personal meaning in songwriting.
Description

Would you like to create meaningful songs about the things that really matter to you?    

Did you know that you have a unique voice and perspective and that the world needs the songs that only you can write?

In this course, you will learn how to identify what is meaningful and important to you and put it into a song.

There is a lot of information out there that emphasizes commercial songwriting, which is about writing a hit song. While it can be important and valuable to learn these skills, this course takes a different approach and teaches you how to develop and express your own voice. Whether your goal is personal or commercial songwriting, this will only help you grow stronger as a songwriter.

This course includes a number of exercises to help you determine the things that are meaningful to you so that you can generate a master list of meaningful song ideas. You’ll learn the Six Brainstorming Techniques to help access these ideas.

Please note that this is not a course that focuses on the fundamentals of how to write a song. While we’ll briefly look at song structure and the parts of the song, the emphasis will be on how to create and maintain meaning throughout the songwriting process.

There will be a number of songwriting resources if you are interested in furthering your study of songwriting.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share the meaningful song that you write in this course with the group.

There will be examples of songs sprinkled throughout the course that help demonstrate how to express meaning through song.

Mostly, you will learn that by expressing your story and original voice, you have the power to change the world, one song at a time,

Come and join us for Meaningful Songwriting!

How to sign up:

Simply click the green “Take this course” button on the top right-hand side of this page to start learning how to write meaningful songs.

Other benefits:

This course is available on-demand – which means you can access it anytime.

This course is 100% refundable for the first thirty days if for some reason you are not satisfied (and please let me know if you aren't - I am always open to feedback.)

You will have the opportunity to ask the instructor questions – either within the group or through a message.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in writing songs that have meaning.
  • Anyone who is interested in expressing themselves through song.
  • All levels of songwriters who would like to emphasize personal meaning and individual self-expression through songwriting.
  • Please note that the focus of this course is not on learning the fundamentals of how to write a song. While we’ll touch on songwriting basics briefly, the emphasis will be on how to put meaning into song and how to keep the songwriting process meaningful.
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Curriculum For This Course
59 Lectures
02:07:10
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Welcome and Overview of the Course
2 Lectures 05:18

In this introduction to the course, we'll talk about the importance of meaningful songwriting and of expressing your voice and story. We'll also talk about who the course is for and what the course will emphasize.

Preview 01:51

In this lecture we'll talk about what to expect from the course and how to get the most out of the course.

Preview 03:27
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Why Songwriting Matters
6 Lectures 12:14

In this lecture, we'll talk about why songwriting matters and why it's important to express your voice. We'll outline what the section ahead will cover.

Introduction and Overview to Why Songwriting Matters
00:52

In this lecture we'll talk about how meaningful songwriting can help you to express your true voice, tell your personal story, and help your voice get heard.

Preview 02:13

In this lecture we'll talk about how songs have the ability to change the world.

Changing The World, One Song at a Time
03:00

In this lecture we'll look at some at some of the benefits of music and songwriting.

Benefits of Music
02:19

This is a summary of Why Songwriting Matters.

Summary of Why Songwriting Matters
00:20

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "Canadian Belle" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about who you are.

Preview 03:30
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What Makes a Song Effective?
5 Lectures 14:03

In this lecture, we'll pose the question: what makes for a good song? This will be discussed in the section ahead along with the importance - and difference between - commercial and personal songwriting.

Introduction and Overview to What Makes a Song Effective
01:22

In this lecture we'll look at some of the qualities that determine a good song and the many ways that a song can connect and move people.

What Purpose Should a Song Serve?
03:36

In this lecture we'll compare commercial and personal songwriting and discuss the benefits that they offer.

Commercial vs. Personal Songwriting
03:29

This is a summary of What Makes a Song Effective.

Summary of What Makes a Song Effective
00:30

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "Lady Charlotte" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of a song about personal story.

Song Example: Lady Charlotte
05:06
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Finding Your Voice: Your Personal Story
8 Lectures 21:42

An introduction and overview to the section ahead that looks at six brainstorming techniques as well as your own personal story as songwriting ideas.

Introduction and Overview to Finding Your Voice: Your Personal Story
01:08

In this lecture, we'll look at six brainstorming techniques that can help us generate ideas for songs and for the exercises in the section ahead. These techniques include listing, journaling, mindmapping, meditating, walking, and talking.

Six Brainstorming Techniques
05:17

In this lecture we will do exercises to examine who we are to generate key words for songwriting ideas.

Who Are You?
03:10

In this lecture, we look at the places we've lived, vacationed, or want to visit as possibilities for song material.

A Sense of Place
02:16

In this lecture, we'll examine our songwriting heroes and the songs that move us. In doing so, we'll discover what we want to write about.

Preview 02:14

In this lecture, we examine the significant life experiences that feel meaningful that can be used to create songs.

Life Experience
02:14

A summary of the section that includes six brainstorming techniques and exercises to determine your personal story for possible songwriting ideas.

Summary of Finding Your Voice Part I: Your Personal Story
00:30

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "The Sound of the Sea" along with the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about a sense of place and your personal story.

Song Example: The Sound of the Sea
04:53
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Finding Your Voice Part II: Discovering Meaning
7 Lectures 12:02

In this introduction and overview to the section ahead, we'll talk about how we'll look in depth at what is meaningful to you. Since you'll continue to work on your list of meaningful song ideas, you'll need either pen and paper or a computer document - some way to write your ideas down. It can take time to develop an awareness of what is meaningful to us in our lives and we are only just getting started.

Introduction and Overview to Finding Your Voice Part II: Discovering Meaning
01:14

In this lecture we will look closely at the things that move you, using the six brainstorming techniques, to help you discover meaningful song ideas.

What Moves You?
01:25

In this lecture we will examine the motivation behind writing songs.

Why Do You Want to Write Songs?
01:34

In this lecture we examine topics that might generate meaningful song ideas.

What Topics Interest You?
01:53

In this video, we'll talk about what you would do if you could change the world - and how you can put them into a song.

If You Could Change The World
01:26

This is a summary of Finding Your Voice Part II: Discovering Meaning

Summary of Finding Your Voice Part II: Discovering Meaning
00:24

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "The Last Tree" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about topical issues that move you.

Song Example: The Last Tree
04:06
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Getting Ready to Write with Meaning
6 Lectures 10:03

In this introduction and overview to the section ahead, we're getting ready to write our meaningful song. You should have a list of meaningful ideas that you generated in the previous two sections. Make sure this list is near for the coming section!

Introduction to Getting Ready to Write with Meaning
00:52

In this lecture we talk about the list of meaningful song ideas you have generated and the importance of keeping it near you always. It is also time to pick one song idea to focus on for the rest of the course.

Your Meaningful List
01:40

Don't worry about copying others. Just write your songs and your unique voice will shine. If you worry about it, you will be holding yourself back from writing your beautiful, personal songs.

Don't Worry About Being a Copycat
01:10

In this lecture, we'll talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with inspiration as you start to develop more awareness of meaning in your life and songs.

Preview 01:28

This article summarizes the section on getting ready to write with meaning.

Summary to Getting Ready to Write with Meaning
00:40

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "The Ghost of Elvis" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about the things that move you.

Song Example: The Ghost of Elvis
04:13
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Putting Your Meaningful Song Together
8 Lectures 17:28

In this introduction and overview to the section ahead, we'll talk about how we will focus on meaning in our brief discussion of song structure. If you are a new songwriter, this section will be a good starting point for you, although this course does not focus on the fundamentals. If you would like more resources on songwriting structure, there will be some recommended resources available in this course. For experienced songwriters, this will be a good refresher and you will enjoy the emphasis on meaning as you look at song structure and the parts of a song.

Introduction and Overview to Putting Your Meaningful Song Together
00:57

In this lecture, we look at three popular song structures that are often used to construct songs.

Overall Song Structure
02:30

In this lecture, we look at the characteristics of a verse in a song and how to make it meaningful.

Preview 02:04

In this lecture, we look at the characteristics of a chorus in a song and how to make it meaningful.

The Meaningful Chorus
02:20

In this lecture, we look at the characteristics of a bridge in a song and how to make it meaningful.

The Meaningful Bridge
01:54

In this lecture, we look at the characteristics of a pre-chorus in a song and how to make it meaningful.

The Meaningful Pre-Chorus
01:48

This article will summarize the section on Putting Your Meaningful Song Together

Summary of Putting Your Meaningful Song Together
00:41

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "Silver Cowboy Boots" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about your personal story and about your songwriting heroes.

Song Example: Silver Cowboy Boots
05:14
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Songwriting Process & Polishing
6 Lectures 14:05

In this introduction and overview to the section ahead, we'll talk about how we can keep the entire songwriting process meaningful: from writing the first draft though editing, polishing, getting feedback, and even cowriting.

Introduction and Overview to Songwriting Process & Polishing
00:48

In this lecture we talk about the songwriting process and how we can keep it meaningful. By focusing on meaning in our songs, it can help to keep us motivated to finish a song.

Keeping the Songwriting Process Meaningful
02:56

In this lecture we'll discuss the editing and polishing process. It's important to remember to keep the meaning of the song during your own editing and if you are soliciting feedback from others.

Song Polishing
02:24

In this lecture we'll talk about co-writing songs with meaning and things to keep in mind during this process.

Co-Writing
01:41

In this article, we'll summarize the section on Songwriting Process and Polishing.

Summary of Songwriting Process & Polishing
01:15

This video contains an introduction and explanation of a personal song of meaning, called "Ballerina Girl" as well as the song itself. This song is a good example of writing about a story that moves you - and that you hope can change the world.

Song Example: Ballerina Girl
05:01
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Letting Your Song Soar
5 Lectures 13:15

In this introduction and overview to the section ahead, we'll talk about how you can continue to develop your own voice. We'll also talk about considerations for sharing your meaningful song with the world.

Introduction and Overview to Letting Your Song Soar
00:41

In this lecture we'll talk about ways to continue to develop your own voice and to grow and strengthen as a songwriter.

How to Continue to Develop Your Own Voice
02:40

In this lecture, we'll discuss factors to consider when sharing your meaningful song with the world.

Sharing Your Meaningful Song with the World
04:25

This is a summary of Letting Your Song Soar.

Summary of Letting Your Song Soar
00:32

An example of a meaningful song with an introduction.

Song Example: Superhero
04:57
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Sharing Your Meaningful Song with the Group
2 Lectures 03:16

In this lecture, we talk about how you can share your song with the group.

How to Share Your Song With the Group
02:12

In this video, you get a big thank you and CONGRATULATIONS for completing the course! I hope you write lots (and lots) of beautiful, meaningful songs and share your voice with the world.

Please don't forget to leave a review for the course - and feel free to send me a message directly if you have any specific feedback.

Thanks again - and stay tuned for some songwriting resources!

Summary of Course and Thank You
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About the Instructor
Lauren Lapointe
3.9 Average rating
97 Reviews
12,418 Students
4 Courses
Creativity Coach, Singer/Songwriter, Yoga Teacher

* over 9,300 online students since March 2016!

LAUREN LAPOINTE is a nationally-touring singer-songwriter who had no idea that she was creative until well into adulthood. Following her instincts, she left her cushy office job and business degree behind to follow a creative way of life and never looked back. She has since released three critically acclaimed CDs, played at the nation’s top listening rooms, and received international radioplay. In addition to her music, she teaches yoga and meditation and inspires and leads others with her Creativity Coaching practice. She has conducted workshops and seminars in creativity and enjoys working one-on-one and in groups to help people realize and follow their dreams and live creative and fulfilling lives. Although she grew up in Canada she now lives in Savannah, Georgia in the Southeastern USA with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Chocolate is usually nearby.

“Lauren worked with me last year on my creative process and I can tell you she really gets this stuff. Her help gave a real boost to my creativity. If you are looking for help in increasing your creativity you should take this course.” – Ian Murray, Photographer

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YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHING: Lauren Lapointe is a certified 500-hour professional Kripalu yoga teacher who also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and in teaching meditation. She is known for her joyful and heart-centered approach to yoga and strongly believes that yoga is available to everyone – all bodies and fitness levels –and is not just a physical practice but a mindful and compassionate way of life. Her classes emphasize the mind/body connection through the breath and encourage self-reflection and acceptance. 

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