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Grade 9-12

Basic Composition: Songwriting Building Blocks

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 8:29
  1. 1. Melody 1:21
  2. 2. Harmony 2:23
  3. 3. Form/Repetition 1:59
  4. 4. Style 1:50
  5. 5. Intent 0:56

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards

About the course

"Have a song you've been wanting to write? Work through the building blocks of writing a song. Gain the fundamental knowledge of key elements of songwriting including melody, harmony, form, style, and intent.

Learn how to write a song by developing the melody and lyrics, expanding the harmony, and rewriting content along the way."


Writing Music

Course overview



Students will learn about melody by briefly reviewing what melody is, and how it works in a song.



Students will learn about harmony by briefly reviewing what harmony is, and listening to some chord progressions they might recognize from p



Students will learn about form and repetition by going through the most popular forms in music, and how it has evolved.



Students will learn about style by going through different genres, and thinking about how music changes/is used in those different styles.



Students will learn about why people write music by reflecting on their own reasons they enjoy music, and thinking about intent behind song

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  • Composition
  • how to write a song
  • Melody
  • music
  • Music Theory


Brooke Trumm is a composer, percussionist, and teaching artist in New York, NY. She has her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, and her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Recently, she wrote songs for Rattlestick Playwright Theatre's "Village Song," and Lincoln Center's "Broadway's Future Songbook" series. Brooke has been an active percussionist for 16 years, recently performing at Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Brooke has a fondness for teaching music theory, she has taught at The School for Strings in Manhattan for the last year and a half, and many years prior in Oregon and Idaho. She is excited to bring that passion for music theory and general music to learners through the Music Club.

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