THE WRITERS ROOM
The Writers Room is a collaborative space where students collaborate to write, arrange, record, and produce songs. They also learn how to craft songs through songwriting techniques and applied music theory.
Songwriting Elective Curriculum Includes
Skills Students Learn
Students increase their songwriting skills by learning how to write lyrics and melodies that fit together to create a cohesive and effective song.
Self-Expression and Confidence
Songwriting can be a powerful form of self-expression, and The Writers Room encourages students to find their unique voices and develop confidence in their creative abilities.
Working with others is an important aspect of songwriting, and The Writers Room teaches students how to communicate their ideas effectively and work collaboratively with other musicians.
Students will have opportunities to perform their songs and receive feedback from others, which can help improve their overall performance skills.
Creative Problem-Solving Skills
Writing a song is a creative process that requires problem-solving skills, and The Writers Room elective classes teach students how to overcome creative challenges and find new solutions to problems.
Introduction to Songwriting
What is a song?
Different song structures
Basic elements of songwriting (melody, harmony, lyrics)
Industry-specific career exploration
Types of lyrics (storytelling, emotional, descriptive)
Writing techniques (rhyme, meter, repetition)
Crafting Melodies and Arranging
Importance of melody in a song
Techniques for crafting melodies (scale, rhythm, repetition)
Arranging a song for different instruments
Collaboration and Performance
The benefits of collaboration in songwriting
Working with other songwriters and musicians
Preparing a song for performance
Recording and Mixing
Basic recording techniques
Introduction to online recording software
These are just some of the elements your child can experience in the Writers Room!
The Writers Room provides songwriting techniques and collaboration opportunities, students learn a range of skills that are valuable for creating and collaborating on music projects. They gain knowledge of the music industry, song structure, and musical genres. Additionally, they learn the skills of writing and composing music, including melody, harmony, and rhythm. Students also learn how to collaborate with others and how to give and receive constructive feedback. They develop their communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential for working in a group setting. Moreover, they gain experience in using technology to create and record music, which is essential in today's digital age.
YMU gave David important foundational skills in all instruments. His mom and I were aware of his fascination to play piano. But it was with YMU where David first sang publicly, which showed us his singing voice and his love of live performance. While enrolled at YMU, David picked up his first drumsticks, bass guitar, and electric guitar, setting the stage for years of education at YMU and elsewhere on all of those instruments, as well as several others. It is safe to say that without The Young Musician's University, much of David's potential would not have been identified and he would not be the musician he is today.
Dean, YMU Parent