The Basics Of Pro Songwriting
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The Basics Of Pro Songwriting

Learn How To Write Songs Like The Pro's
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4.8 (26 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Tom Worth
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 19 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know and be able to use the EXACT same songwriting process that has been used to write countless #1 songs.
  • You'll be able to AVOID common songwriting mistakes that instantly label you as an amateur to industry professionals...even if you aren't one!
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  • I geared these lessons to help songwriters ranging from absolute beginners to intermediate songwriters. I had been writing for over 10 years before I learned a lot of the things I teach. If you’re new…you won’t feel lost. If you’ve been writing a while…you won’t get bored and will learn a ton.

Ready to Drastically Improve Your Songwriting?

Whether you’ve never written a song in your life, or you’ve been writing for years and want to step up your game…my video course will have you writing songs like the Pro's.

So there are countless books, videos, and classes that teach songwriting. What makes my video course better, or even different? Good question. All of these other sources can teach you how to write a song. What’s a verse, chorus, bridge, etc…and yes, I will certainly teach you all of these things.

But in addition to the basics of songwriting, I teach you the basics of PRO songwriting. I’ve been a professional and successful songwriter for over 10 years and in this course I show you the exact method my colleagues and I use to write commercial songs every day. The exact same songwriting method that has been used to write countless #1 hit songs on the pop, country, christian, and rock charts!

I’ll also identify the most common mistakes songwriters make that instantly turn off industry professionals. If you’re currently making these mistakes, I can almost guarantee you won’t have success. Sorry…I don’t make the rules…but I know them, and now you can too!

Who is the target audience?
  • Songwriters and singer/songwriters who want to make songwriting MORE than a hobby.
  • This course teaches songwriting with a strong emphasis on COMMERCIAL songwriting (meaning songs that make money, or songs you may hear on the radio).
  • The sills and tools you'll learn here apply to writing many different genres of music -pop, country, rock, christian, R&B, acoustic, singer/songwriter, Adult Contemporary, etc. Conversely, if you're writing rap, classical, or any other very specific genres, I'd recommend checking out a course that is specifically geared for your genre.
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:54

In case you have problems with the download(s), here is the full list of song examples used in this course, in the order they are used.

Song Examples - Full List
Commercial Songwriting Fundamentals
13 Lectures 02:35:14

Song Sections Part 1

Song Sections Part 2

Song Structure Part 1

Song Structure Part 2

Song Structure Part 3


Why Stars Can Break The Rules...And You Can't

Rhyme Schemes

Phrasing Part 1

Phrasing Part 2

Hooks Part 1

Hooks Part 2
The Craft Of Songwriting
9 Lectures 02:04:08
The Pro Songwriting Process Part 1

The Pro Songwriting Process Part 2

Melody Writing

Lyric Writing Part 2

Music Writing

Pre Chorus

Building Bridges Part 1

Building Bridges Part 2
Watch Me Write A Song
4 Lectures 01:08:38
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
What Next?
2 Lectures 10:23
Bonus Lecture: What Next - Part 1

Bonus Lecture: What Next -Part 2
About the Instructor
Tom Worth
4.8 Average rating
29 Reviews
162 Students
2 Courses
Professional Songwriter and Songwriting Coach

Hi there!  I’m Tom Worth - the Pro Songwriting Coach. I’ve been a professional and successful songwriter out of Nashville for almost 15 years.

So let’s just get the 2 questions you’re probably thinking of out of the way ;)

  1. Have I written any songs you may know?
  2. If I’m a Professional Songwriter, why do I teach?

Good questions!  The answer to the first is…probably. 

I’ve had over 55 cuts (meaning bigger artists have recorded songs I’ve written).  None of them have been huge hits, but they’ve been on the radio and on the charts.  Some have also been used in TV shows like Jane By Design, Forming The Band, and Road Rules. 

They’ve also been used internationally in commercials for companies like Verizon.  So although you may not know my songs…you probably have heard them :)

2nd question:  Yes it’s true – I’m living my dream as a pro songwriter.  So why do I take time away from that to teach?  That one’s simple…because I love teaching and helping songwriters follow and reach their dreams. 

I didn’t know this until I was hired by Refinement Records to teach all of their artists songwriting.  I loved it!  After leaving Refinement, I was soon hired by the T3 Talent Agency in S. Carolina to be head of their songwriting department and develop a curriculum.  I was coaching all ages, all genres, and again…I loved it.

That’s when I decided to cut back on songwriting and focus on teaching. I still write with and produce artists, but I’m more selective about it.

I started down this road years ago with the dream of being a professional songwriter.  Since then in addition to my 55 cuts, I have had 2 Publishing Deals, and have played on the Grand Ol’ Opry Stage.  Dreams come true guys.  Let me help you follow yours!