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Songwriting Workshop

Part One: History, Power, and the Purpose of Music

Discover the different origins and purposes of songwriting, and see how words, melody, and music can affect yourself and your community.

Your First Assignment

  1. Review the songs that Bridget played to represent different purposes: uniting, teaching, and healing.
    Uniting Songs Teaching Songs Healing Songs
  2. Select one of those songs and answer the following questions about that song.
    • Name of the song you selected:
    • Purpose of the song (uniting, teaching, or healing):
    • Why did you like this song and how did this song serve its purpose?
    • How did this song make you feel?
    • What do you think the songwriter did in the music to make you feel that way?
    • As you work on your own original song, what do you want to take from this song?

Your Second Assignment

  1. Identify three new songs, either from online research or from family suggestions. Select one uniting song, one teaching song, and one healing song.
  2. Answer the following questions for each of the three songs:
    • Why did you like this song and how did this song serve its purpose?
    • How did this song make you feel?
    •  What do you think the songwriter did in the music to make you feel that way?
    • As you work on your own original song, what do you want to take from this song?
  3. Meditate for one minute using the meditation from the video.
  4. Start your original song by choosing the purpose of your song: uniting, teaching, or healing.
  5. Complete the Alchemy Exercise as outlined below.
    • Fill out the chart, defining your “stone” and your “gold.”
    • Define one sentence for each.

Alchemy Exercise

Depending on the purpose of your song, describe your “stone” and your “gold.”

Explore Other Parts of the Songwriting Workshop

Bridget sits on a bench with her guitar and writes in her notebook.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Two: Inspiration

Try out several different approaches to brainstorming and generating song ideas as you look for inspiration within your life and environment.

Bridget outlines the themes of her song on a whiteboard.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Three: The Chorus

Find the heart of your song and its most powerful moment as you learn how to write a chorus that effectively expresses what you want to share.

Bridget outlines rhyme patterns in her song on a whiteboard.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Four: Writing the Verses

Experiment with different lyrical styles and poetic approaches to telling your story as you dig in to writing the verses for your original song.

Bridget sings and plays guitar.

Songwriting Workshop | Part Five: The Bridge and Completing Your Song

Learn about the purpose of a bridge and figure out if your song needs one before finishing up and reflecting on your journey.

Video Credits

Director of Photography–John Miller.

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