Discover the art of songwriting

Description & learning outcomes

Essential Songwriting Course (ESC) is a series of 3 workshops on lyrics, composition and melody. Designed to give you solid foundations in these 3 essential areas of songwriting, it can be taught as one course or as individual workshops. You’ll learn theory by doing hands on exercises, collaborate with other participants and see your songwriting toolkit expand before your very eyes.


Each of the 3 workshops consists of 3 x 90 min sessions (the length may vary slightly, depending on the number of participants). Each session is made up
 of (shorter) theoretical parts and (longer) practical parts. 


ESC Intensive – 3 weeks

This module is designed for a location that has a common space and break-out rooms. After each theoretical part, you will do assignments individually or in small groups and receive feedback during each workshop. We meet 1x week (1 workshop/week) and the course lasts 3 weeks. The final concert is organized on the 4th week (or soon after).

ESC Semi-Intensive
  – 6 weeks

This module is designed for a location that is a single space. We have group exercises during each workshop and you take individual assignments home. An additional (4th) session is added to each workshop which is focused on giving you feedback on your assignments. You bring the assignments with you to the feedback session. Therefore each of the 3 workshops is split into two parts (Part 1 – session 1 & 2; Part 2 – session 3 & feedback session). We meet 1x week over the course of 6 weeks. The final concert is organized on the 7th week  (or soon after).

Maximum number of participants

In order to be able to provide students with personal attention and feedback, the course is ideally limited to the max of 8 participants at a time. This is subject to change based on a prior agreement.



The ESC is currently offered via institutes and schools. If you are a school or an individual interested in independent organization or collaboration, reach out to info@messageofthesong.com for pricing, partnership details and a customized offer.

"Petra is a charismatic teacher who inspires you to start creating good songs. Songs that can capture and express your deeper feelings and emotions. I would recommend her courses to everybody who is into writing songs and creating music!"
Nick Papakostas