Looking back over history countless songs have been written that have transformed the culture of the church.

New and old, it is easy to recall the great hymns and modern worship songs that have impacted generations. The greatest worship songs have always had the ability to shift atmospheres and soften hearts unhindered by time or seasons.

  • Study and deconstruct popular worship songs

  • Identify, locate and write a song hook

  • How to create memorable melodies, musical motifs, prosody, sing ability, and musical contrasts

  • Craft your ideas into a song hook

  • Study Alliteration, contrast, slant rhyme as the four devices for writing

  • Learn the key principles in writing a great chorus

  • Improve your lyrical content;

  • Understand the building blocks for great songs - song sections (Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Pre Chorus etc)

  • Use different 'list techniques' for songwriting

  • Co-Writing and Re-Writing

Also Included:

  • Copyright process

  • What to do with a finished song

  • Submit your own song for review

In this 12 week course Dan McCollam delves deep into the art and technique of worship songwriting.

This module is designed to stretch, develop and refine your skills by identifying the technical factors that make a great song.

Offering foundational principles you will also have the opportunity to experiment through practical weekly assignments and participate in the forum with other students based on the themes of each week. Highly technical with engaging, conversational content, coupled with weekly practical exercises for you to try, this is an excellent course for the beginner to advanced worship songwriter.
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Content

  • MP3's

    A weekly MP3 teaching session with Dan McCollam and guests

  • Study Notes

    Study notes to read alongside the MP3 teachings

  • Assignments/Discussion

    Weekly practical assignments and discussion questions for you to try out for yourself

  • Ebooks

    You will also receive two downloadable ebooks: “The Worship Writers Guide” & “Finding Your Song”.

  • 12 Week Course

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

  • 2

    Week 1 - Song Hooks

    • Song Hooks with Dan McCollam

    • Song Hooks Lesson 1

    • Discussion Question Week 1

  • 3

    Week 2 - Getting Great Ideas for Song Hooks

    • Great Ideas for song hooks with Dan McCollam

    • Great Ideas for Song Hooks Lesson 2

    • Discussion Question Week 2

  • 4

    Week 3 - Crafting Your Ideas Into A Song Hook

    • Crafting your ideas into a song hook with Dan McCollam

    • Crafting Your Ideas Into A Song Hook Lesson 3

    • Discussion Question Week 3

  • 5

    Week 4 -Song Sections: The Building Blocks For Building Great Songs

    • Song Sections with Dan McCollam

    • Song Sections Lesson 4

    • Discussion Question Week 4

  • 6

    Week 5 -Building Song Sections From A Hook

    • Building song sections from a hook with Dan McCollam

    • Building Song Sections From A Hook Lesson 5

    • Discussion Question Week 5

  • 7

    Week 6 - Improving Your Lyrical Content

    • Improving your lyrical content with Dan McCollam

    • Improving Your Lyrical Content Lesson 6

    • Discussion Question Week 6

  • 8

    Week 7 - Introduction To The Simple Chorus

    • Introduction to the simple chorus with Dan McCollam

    • Introduction To The Simple Chorus - Lesson 7

    • Discussion Question Week 7

  • 9

    Week 8 -The Verse-Chorus Song Form

    • The Verse Chorus Song Form with Dan McCollam

    • The Verse-Chorus Song Form- Lesson 8

    • Discussion Question Week 8

  • 10

    Week 9 -The Chorus-Bridge Song Form

    • The Chorus-Bridge form with Dan McCollam

    • The Chorus-Bridge Song Form- Lesson 9

    • Discussion Question Week 9

  • 11

    Week 10 -Making Memorable Melodies

    • Making Memorable Melodies with Dan McCollam

    • Making Memorable Melodies- Lesson 10

    • Discussion Question Week 10

  • 12

    Week 11 - Re-writing and Co-writing Songs

    • Re-writing and Co-writing songs with Dan McCollam

    • Re-writing and Co-writing Songs- Lesson 11

    • Discussion Question Week 11

  • 13

    Week 12 -When Your Song Is Finished

    • When your song is finished with Dan McCollam

    • When Your Song Is Finished- Lesson 12

    • Discussion Question Week 12

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12 Week Comprehensive Songwriting Course to Take Your Writing To the Next Level

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