How to Write a Song

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Paul Muldoon (Rogue Oliphant) with class visits from guest singer/songwriters and music critics, this course is an introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of our literary tradition from the Beowulf poet through Lord Byron and Bessie Smith to Bob Dylan and the Notorious B.I.G. Composers, writers and performers will have the opportunity to work in small songwriting teams to respond to such emotionally charged themes as Gratitude, Loss, Protest, Desire, Joyousness, Remorse, and Defiance.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Some familiarity with writing and/or music composition/performance.

Faculty

Paul Muldoon

Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities;
Director, Princeton Atelier; Professor of Creative Writing (on leave Spring 2023)

Sections

C01

Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM