While it’s easy to spot a lyric that’s cliché, identifying why a melody fails to stand out from the rest takes a little more experience. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to write a great melody, however, the problem arises when the vocal melody sounds as an afterthought superimposed on the chord progressions.

Best melodies are memorable and easily singable by themselves. In this workshop, you’ll learn what elements to focus on to make them such, including note choices, rhythm, contrast and the motifs. You will also be challenged to rewrite the melodies you came up with, while shifting focus on different aspects of the melody lines.

As a result, you will walk away with new techniques and experience that will help you write ‘earworms’ – catchy and memorable melodies that stand out from the rest!


Additional Benefits:

  • Receive invaluable feedback from the instructor and other songwriters
  • Collaborate with others that will push the limits of your creativity beyond what you’re normally used to
  • Expand your network of collaborators and contacts in the music world.

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of musical theory – chords, scales, notes. You do not need to know how to read sheet music.


3 x 90 minutes (excluding breaks)

The duration of the workshop can be slightly adjusted based on individual needs, but not less than 4 hours.



If you are a school or an individual interested in organizing the ESC or collaboration, reach out to petra.jordan@messageofthesong.com for pricing, partnership details and a customized offer.

"I experienced the 3 day course on Essential Songwriting as very useful and inspirational with loads of new inspiration, perspective, exercises and above all tools to work on your songs and songwriting! A definite recommendation!"
Melodictive a.k.a. Melchior Bornhijm