Songwriting 1 Conservatorium Open Academy

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Songwriting 1

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Songwriting 1 methodically introduces tools, techniques, and strategies for writing and understanding the mechanics of great lyrics, melodies, chords, and song forms. Each class is part lecture, part workshop style, and in each 2-hour class, students with gather tools to generate material for their songs, develop the vocabulary to analyse songwriting techniques through close listening to great songs and songwriters, and receive a weekly project to hone the particular tools of the week. In-class learning is supported by the provision of additional reading and resources for students to access at their own pace.  

Cassandra Long is a singer, educator, writer, and performer based in Sydney, Australia. Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting and Music Production, she currently lectures at Berklee Online, provides song feedback for the YouTube channel How To Write Songs, and performs in indie/folk duo, Walt Grace. As a mentor, Cassandra is passionate about supporting writers while they hone their craft, using tools and techniques to form strong emotional connections with their audiences through song, and amplify their artistry. She is keen to instil her love of creativity and the craft of songwriting in all.  

Entry level: open to anyone 16 years or over who has a confident grasp of their instrument. The ability to recognise and play chords is essential.


The course was great and the content very helpful and incisive. Really had no idea how complex this area is yet there is method to improving your song writing

Cassie is an amazing teacher and I’ve learned so much from her this course.