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How to Write a Song

A Powerful 10-Step Process

Our signature ‘how to’ course, covering a powerful, comprehensive and completely beginner-proof process for writing original songs in any style. You’ll learn the theory behind this process then see exactly how to use these techniques to write new songs, step by step.


How to Write Lyrics

Strategies, Tools and Techniques

Master the art of lyric writing with these powerful writing techniques and strategies. Learn what makes a great lyric work, how to generate new ideas, how to use rhyme and repetition, and how to build your ideas into a clear and well-structured lyric.


How Chord Progressions Work

Harmony 101 for Songwriters

Musical harmony is an art and a science – and in this course you’ll learn both the principles that make chord progression work and how to use those ideas to build your own original progressions. Prior music theory knowledge is helpful but definitely not necessary.


All Courses Include:

✓ Easy access via our site courses area

✓ Lifetime access – including all future updates

✓ Comprehensive HD video modules

✓ Printable PDF course pack

✓ Supportive Facebook community

✓ 30-Day Moneyback Guarantee

Enrollment for all three courses opens Friday 14th May

Learn. Create. Connect.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Progress through the comprehensive course modules on your terms and your schedule.

Study Anywhere

Access all your premium course materials from anywhere with an internet connection.

Flexible Enrollment

Sign up for as many courses as you want – and get convenient lifetime access to them via our site.

Join a Global Community

Find your tribe, get answers and meet co-writers in the community Facebook group.

Since reading this I’ve been waking up every day with new song ideas and I’ve got around six songs on the go. All of them are better than anything I’ve ever attempted before.

Amazon Review of 'The Art of Songwriting'

This video is toooo good. I’m blown away by how much good information you put in the short amount of time in the video.

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Access to Every Course Includes:

HD Video Lessons

Hours of premium video lessons shot in beautiful HD, that you can access on-demand from anywhere in the world.

All Supporting Materials

Each course comes with a comprehensive PDF Course Pack containing all handouts, exercises and supporting materials.

All Course Updates

The absolute latest version of each course – at no extra cost – any time the course materials are updated or expanded.

A Supportive Community

Enroll in any course to join the community Facebook Group – ask questions, find co-writers and join a global community of songwriters.

I’m a songwriter and I really enjoyed watching your videos. You’re a genius.

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There are many songwriting books on Amazon. In my opinion this is the best by far.

Amazon Review of 'The Art of Songwriting'

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the courses for?

We have a diverse range of courses to serve our diverse community of songwriters – writers who write for fun, writers who want to make a living from their songs, writers who are completely new to songwriting.

Whatever their goals, whatever their level of experience and wherever they are in the world, the thing all of our community have in common is a love of songwriting and a passion for creating new things.

If that sounds like you too, we’re confident you’ll love what’s inside our courses.

Are the courses OK for beginners?

Absolutely – our courses are pitched at songwriters at all experience levels. Check each course description to see which ones are particularly beginner-friendly.

If you’re new to songwriting, or not sure where to start with the courses, we especially recommend our How to Write a Song course.

Do I need to sing or play an instrument?

Each course description explains whether you’ll need any prior experience or knowledge to make the most of the course.

Plenty of courses – especially the ones about lyric writing and creativity – don’t require any prior experience.

For most of the music writing courses, it helps to have at least some basic experience on an instrument or with a Digital Audio Workstation like GarageBand, Logic or Ableton. Most of them don’t require extensive prior songwriting experience.

You also don’t need to be able to read music to take any of the courses – though it definitely helps if you do.

Can I pay in a currency that isn't US dollars?

Yes – absolutely.

We price everything in US dollars because it’s usually considered the most global currency, but if you choose the ‘Checkout using PayPal’ option at checkout, you can pay in pretty much any currency you like.

PayPal takes care of the currency conversion automatically, which means there are no bank or card fees for you.

Can I purchase a course as a gift?

Yes – you can purchase any course for someone else. Just select the ‘Gift this purchase’ option at checkout.

What if I sign up and regret it?

We want you to be 100% happy when you access our courses. If you sign up for access and the courses aren’t what you expected – or you’re unhappy for any reason – let us know. We’ll do our best to fix it or refund you.

Every purchase on our site is covered by our 30-Day Moneyback Guarantee. If you sign up and chang your mind for any reason, just let us know within 30 days of purchase and we’ll refund you in full, no questions asked.

How do I access the courses?

When you enroll in your first course, your courses account will automatically be created. The account is free and can be used to log in to the courses area of the site using the link in the site menu bar.

You can access all of your bought courses – and the community Facebook group – from inside the courses area. Your login details will also be emailed to you once your first order is processed.

What makes these songwriting courses different?

There are other great courses out there, but we think we’ve created probably the best self-directed learning environment for songwriters there is.

For starters, all of our courses are skills and techniques-based. There’s no long, meandering stories about anyone’s songwriting career. There’s no empty promises that we know some simple secret to writing a hit. There’s only the powerful ideas, tools and techniques you need to write your best songs – whatever genre you write in, and whatever level of experience you’re at.

Our courses are also different because they come with an in-built community where you can get answers and feedback from songwriters just like you. And, because no songwriter succeeds entirely on their own, the community is a great place for networking and to meet like-minded co-writers for any project you can imagine.

What is the community Facebook group?

The community Facebook group is a private members’ group for anyone enrolled in one or more of our courses.

It’s a great place for meeting a like-minded community of writers, finding co-writers, and making friends too. You can also ask the group questions – and search previously posted questions to access a wealth of additional songwriting knowledge and advice.

And if you’d rather keep your writing private for now, that’s cool too – there’s no obligation to join. (Though, obviously, we’d love to see you and your songs inside.)

Will the courses help me 'make it' in the music industry?

Yes and no.

We don’t have a silver bullet to get you an easy career in the music industry – and neither does anyone else, no matter what they tell you.

But if you want to improve your songwriting skills and make connections that will last a lifetime – and could take you anywhere as a songwriter – signing up for a course is an insanely smart investment in your career.

If I sign up, are my credit card details safe?

Yes, our site is completely secure.

The padlock icon in your address bar shows that the site is protected by industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) so any information you share with us is encrypted and can’t be read by third parties.

All payments are processed by industry leaders Stripe and PayPal – two well-established payment services. They retain your payment details on our behalf so nobody at The Song Foundry has access to your card details or any of your personal financial information.

I still have questions. Can you help?

Sure thing. Just email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Songwriting Masterclasses - Ed Bell PhotoMeet Ed Bell: Your Course Creator and Host

Hi, I’m Ed Bell – I’m a professional songwriter and author, and an experienced and passionate songwriting educator.

I created The Song Foundry – one of the Internet’s favorite songwriting resource sites – in 2014, where my articles are now read by more than 25,000 songwriters each month. I’m also the author of seven popular songwriting books – including the bestselling The Art of Songwriting.

My creative work is mostly in theatre and film where I’ve written songs for Pearl Studio (Abominable, Over the Moon) and co-wrote the Kleban Award-winning musical My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend.

I’m psyched you’ve chosen to check out our courses at The Song Foundry and hope to see you inside one of them – and the community Facebook group – soon.