Learn to write music and lyrics like the pros.  Through this course, you will learn to write your own lyrics and set them to music, both in styles of your choosing.  The course also includes the study of professional song lyrics to see what makes them work (or not), as well as introductions to music business and studio recording.

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NEWS: Read the Houston Chronicle’s article about LSC-CyFair’s songwriting course from when it was first offered. Click here!

COURSE DESCRIPTION

MUSI 1386 - POPULAR SONGWRITING I

3 Credits (3 hrs. lec.) Learn to write lyrics and music in various popular styles.  The course culminates in a final concert of student works in styles of the students’ choosing.  Prerequisites: ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0365 AND ENGL 0307 or ENGL 0375 OR higher level course (ENGL 1301) OR placement by testing

MUSI 2386 - POPULAR SONGWRITING II

3 Credits (3 hrs. lec.) A continuation of MUSI 1386, which will explore more advanced topics in songwriting and workshop numerous student-written songs over the course of the semester.  The course culminates in a final concert of student works in styles of the students’ choosing.  Prerequisites: MUSI 1386; ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0365 AND ENGL 0307 or ENGL 0375 OR higher level course (ENGL 1301) OR placement by testing

SONGS FROM PAST CONCERTS

All songs were written by LSC-CyFair students in the Popular Songwriting Class and used with permission.

FALL 2013 CONCERT (in performance order)

  • “The Language of Letting Go” by Allen Castle
  • “Mosh Pit” by Adam Garcia
  • “Flowers Will Grow” by Adolfo Becerra
  • “Hide” by Ian Everett
  • “Cheers to the Years” by Jordan Salinas
  • “You Are Holy” by Norberto Melendez
  • “Better Than Me” by Melody Champagne

SPRING 2013 CONCERT (in performance order)

  • “1991″ by Artur Tkachev - LISTEN
  • “Stay with Me” by Louis Chapa - LISTEN
  • “Mine” by Curtis Leach
  • “Mango Rain” by Kevin Kwok - LISTEN
  • “Emerald Girl” by Marcus Hernandez
  • Untitled by Paul Gooden
  • Song 1 by Natalie Pena-Mares
  • “December” by Andy Valenzuela
  • “Paint a Picture” by Mercedes Douglas - LISTEN
  • “Enlightenment” by Omar Sham
  • “Cashin’ In” by Joseph Martin
  • “Pages” by Rebecca Dalrymple - LISTEN

FALL 2012 CONCERT (in performance order)

  • “Wildfires” by Alyssa Potton
  • “The Weekend” by Gelmar Menendez
  • “In the Ocean” by Zachariah Thomas
  • “Dreamcatcher” by Lauren Coleman
  • “Ant Farm” by Joshua Adams (recorded Spring 2013) - LISTEN
  • “Reflection” by Julian Troyen
  • “Letting Go” by Brooklin Pavlas
  • “Earwax” by Austin Powell

SPRING 2012 CONCERT (in performance order)

  • “Penny Loafers” by Shane Williams  - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Save You” by David Green  - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Temptation” by Dee Rodriguez  - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Shattered Glass” by Jill Wilde - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Grey” by Rayne Zepeda - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Eight Hundred Miles” by Lucas Novick  - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Love Light” by Glenn Edwards - LISTENVIDEO
  • “White Elephants” by Jesse DeBusk - LISTEN | Video Not Available
  • “Living a Lie” by Mark Samson - LISTENVIDEO
  • “Andromeda” by J-Mag Guthrie  - LISTENVIDEO