How to Write a Song

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Stew (Passing Strange) 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.

Other Information

The final exercise will be a public concert of highlights from the semester and will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 25, 2023.




Visiting Lecturer in the Princeton Atelier



Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Bridget Kearney