Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1321 (Section: 01, CRN: 90417)
Songwriting I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Email richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6353
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
Office Hours Mon 11-12, 1-2, 4-5 Tues 3-5 Wed 12-1, 4-5 Thurs 3-5 Fri 11-12

Additional Contact Information None
Course Information
Description Introduction to the techniques of writing marketable songs including the writing of lyrics and melodies, setting lyrics to music, developing lyrical and musical hooks, analyzing the marketplace, and developing a production plan for a song demo.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

1. The Art of Writing Great Lyrics, Pamela Phillips Oland, Allworth Press

Recommended - *You may use apps or websites for these as well  (Webster's Thesaurus for Students, Merriam-Webster 3. Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary, Merriam-Webster)
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 1213 and 1211.
Learning Outcomes
- Develop skills to compose marketable melodies w/ commercial music, form, & harmony
- Write lyrics and set to song
- Create lyrical, melodic, and harmonic hooks
- Develop a production plan for a song demo

Program Student Learning Outcomes PERFORMANCE

1. Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.

Lecture Topics Outline Original Song Projects:
Song 1
Song 2
Song 3

Final Project
Final Exam

See "additional information" below for details on all projects

Major Assignments Schedule
All classes are canceled on the following Holiday dates:

Labor Day: MON 9/4
Thanksgiving: THURS 11/23 & FRI 11/24

Week 1: Syllabus & Introduction to Songwriting, Discussion
Week 2: Song Forms, CHARTS Intro (Traditional and Number Style Chord Charts)
Week 3: Lyric Writing, Literary Devices, Rhyme Schemes
Week 4: Melody Study, Chord Structure and Harmony
Week 5: Chord Structure and Harmony cont., 1st SONG DUE FRI 9/29
Week 6: 'Nashville Number System' Charts (NNS)
Week 7: NNS Charts cont., Styles Study
Week 8: Lyric Study, 2nd Song work
Week 9: Intro to Jingles, 2nd SONG DUE FRI 10/27
Week 10: Jingles cont., The Art of Collaboration (Groups)
Week 11: Jingles cont., Lyric Study
Week 12: Lead Sheet Production
Week 13: Reharmonization, 3rd Song/Collaboration Work
Week 14: 3rd Song/Collaboration Work cont.
Week 15: 3rd Song/Collaboration DUE MON 12/4, Final Exam Review
Week 16: Final Exam (MON & WED), Final Project DUE WED 12/13

* Study focus dates by week may be adjusted based on class needs and rate of progress.
     Project due dates may be pushed to a later date but never earlier.

Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 2:0 PM   Through  December 13, 2023 - 3:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance 10%
Quizzes 15%
Original Song 1 10%
Original Song 2 10%
Original Song 3 20%
Final Project 10%
Final Exam 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies To discuss grades or anything class related, schedule an office visit. Please refer
to office hours listed above.

Students may email me at richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu. I will respond as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

Policies for this course are as described below: You get one 1 free absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, EACH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE DEDUCTS 10% OF YOUR ATTENDANCE GRADE. Three lates = 1 absence.

Excused absences must meet the following criteria: death in the family, medical related emergency, illness with doctor's note. Any cause beyond this will be left up to instructor discretion. Excused absences will be considered on a case by case basis.

YOU MUST E-MAIL YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE YOU MISS CLASS with an explanation of why you will be absent. The date and time of the e-mail will be considered. Excused absences are conditional upon this. Any deviation will be considered at the discretion of the instructor.
Additional Information *Any songs or jingles additional to those required will be considered for extra credit at the discretion of the instructor.

Original Song Projects: - Students will submit 3 original songs throughout the semester. For each song, other specific materials will be required as explained below. The third song will be a collaboration between students. - You are encouraged to perform/present your song(s) in class. Presenting songs one on one with the instructor must be requested on a song by song basis. - You may use a chord instrument (guitar or piano) and sing or arrange to have someone else perform the song or accompany you. - You may also provide a recording of all or part of the songs. If you produce music via technology, feel free to record the full song or use recordings to accompany yourself and/or other performers. This applies to songs presented in class and on the recording project. Instructor may also help out as an accompanist. CHARTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ACCOMPANIMENT.

Song 1 - Lyric Sheet, Traditional Chord Chart, Melody - DUE FRI 9/29
Song 2 - Lyric Sheet, Nashville Number Chart, Melody - DUE FRI 10/27
Song 3 - Lyric Sheet, Traditional Chord Chart, Nashville Number Chart (Collaboration - students will split duties up), Lead Sheet optional for extra credit - DUE MON 12/4

Final Project: - DUE WED 12/13 BY END OF CLASS - Students will record a pre-production demo of one of their 3 song projects. At the least, this pre-production demo will have a vocal melody and one chord instrument. - Instrumentation may range from chord instrument and voice to as much as a full band with ensemble instrumentation. Full band instrumentation, depending on quality, will be considered for extra credit. - Any additional pre-production demo and/or full production recordings of songs or jingles written in this class will count toward extra credit on a case by case basis. - You may engineer and produce this recording yourself with your own gear or school facilities if you are a sound engineering major. If you are not a sound engineering major and are not able to produce and engineer this project yourself, please set up time with one of the engineering students to help with your project. You may also call on the instructor to help with this. *** KEEP IN MIND - YOU MUST RESERVE PERFORMERS FOR YOUR PROJECT WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME FRAME LEADING UP TO THE DUE DATE.
Institutional Policies
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Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520