Understand The Basic Steps in Arranging for Songwriters


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This course, Steps in Arranging for Songwriters will help you take your song from a simple recording on your phone to a fully arranged song ready for the recording studio.

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About this Course

In this course, Steps in Arranging for Songwriters you will create a song. You write the lyrics, decide on the melody, and maybe even record a simple demo. Now what? If you have a basic knowledge of how to use a digital audio workstation (DAW) and are passionate about being a songwriter.

You will be learning from two Berklee College of Music Songwriting professors, Bonnie Hayes and Sarah Brindell. They will show you how to arrange original songs on a digital audio workstation. You will learn tools to heighten the emotional response of your listeners and you’ll broaden your understanding of instrumentation and how to add sounds to your song without distracting the listener from the most important aspect: the vocalist.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Music in Steps in Arranging for Songwriters
  • Arranging
  • Songwriting
  • Writing

Syllabus

WEEK 1
2 hours to complete

Welcome to Arranging for Songwriters
Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you’ll need to know to get the most out of your experience.

New Ways of Listening
In this first lesson, Steps in Arranging for Songwriters we’ll learn how to arrange our songs horizontally (meaning the order and length of song sections) and vertically (meaning the frequency range and volume of the various instruments in your song).

We’ll also consider how to create and support emotional meaning through our writing and instrumentation. We’ll review processes for working on arrangements, learn how to listen to arrangements critically, and discuss how arrangements change in live performances vs. recording sessions. By the end of the lesson, you will be able to create a horizontal arrangement for an original song.

2 videos (Total 8 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes

WEEK 2
2 hours to complete

Steps in Arranging for Songwriters: Laying the Foundation
In this second lesson, you will start to lay the foundations for your song. We will discuss how to find the right key and tempo for your song and look at a few popular arrangement styles. By the end of the lesson, you will be able to create a basic track of your original song.

3 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes

WEEK 3
2 hours to complete

Finding the Groove
In Lesson Three, we’ll focus on how to determine the right groove for your song. We’ll discuss how the bass works with the drums to support the rhythmic structure of a song, as well as create a foundation for the harmony of the song. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to create the perfect groove for your original song.

2 videos (Total 32 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes

WEEK 4
3 hours to complete

Steps in Arranging for Songwriters: Instrumentation and Vocals
In this final lesson, we will look at how to build the rest of the track around your song. Now that we have the foundation of the groove with the drums and bass, we’ll take a look at how we can add other instruments to the mix.

Most importantly, we will discuss how to incorporate these additions without taking focus away from the vocal part. By the end of this lesson, you will have completed a full demo of your original song.

5 videos (Total 52 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes

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