Shortcuts to Great Song Lyrics plus Lyric Critique

Your guide to writing lyrics listeners will love
and the music industry needs. PLUS...
a lyric critique from song coach Robin Frederick.

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I've written and produced hundreds of songs for television, records, theater, and audio products. I'm a former Director of A&R for a major record label and I've studied hundreds of hit songs for my best-selling books. I know what music publishers, record labels, music libraries, and fans are looking for. In this course, I'll show you how to write the lyrics that break down walls and open doors to new opportunities.


Combining personal expression with lyrics that appeal to listeners is the key to commercial success. Don't "dumb down" your lyrics. Say what you want to say in a way that listeners can feel and understand. All you need is your inspiration and the lyric crafting skills I'll show you in this course.


You could spend $1,000 or more taking a single lyric writing course at an established music school or university. But you know what? My songwriting books are the very text books used in these courses. For only $95 you can get the same information as the expensive classes. That's a savings of $905. Plus you get lifetime access to the videos and PDFs!


I've personally selected the essential information you need to write effective lyrics, so you won't waste time on things you don't use. I've included listening, and practice techniques that will give you the best learning experience in the least amount of time. If you don't agree, you can get your money back up to 7 days after you enroll.

Write song lyrics that connect with listeners.

Your lyric begins with an idea or emotion that has meaning for you. But when you want to reach out to a wider audience, like the music industry or your fans, you need to make sure that listeners can get involved in your lyric and feel what you felt when you wrote it. That's where the tools and skills of lyric writing play an essential role.

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In this course I'll show you a simple but effective step-by-step method for creating and completing strong, contemporary, expressive song lyrics.


You'll begin with a core idea you're passionate about, and then build on your idea using today's most successful hit song structures.


I'll share proven "blueprints" that will guide you as you create an unforgettable chorus and verses that keep listeners engaged from the first line to the last.


You'll learn how to write vivid, image-based lyrics and use words with emotional associations to give your listeners a compelling experience, one that brings them back to listen again and again.


You'll study successful song lyrics to see how all of the techniques in this course are used in today's top radio hits and Film & TV songs.


You'll practice using your lyric writing skills with specific assignments and learn to rewrite a lyric for maximum effect.


And then I'll show how to work faster with Lyric Speed Writing so you can build up your catalogue and handle projects quickly.


By the time you finish this course, you'll have at least one completed song lyric plus raw material and individual song sections for many, many more. Use what you've learned to complete more lyrics or revisit the course to go through the steps as many times as you want.

You can request song lyric feedback for a song you write during the course or one you've written on your own. It's up to you. I'll go through a 12-point list of lyric essentials, giving you detailed, written feedback that will help you increase the impact and marketability of your lyric.

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Your Instructor

Robin Frederick
Robin Frederick

Robin Frederick is the author of five top-selling songwriting books, including Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV. She has reached millions of aspiring writers through her highly-rated songwriting websites, MySongCoach.com and RobinFrederick.com, and her Songwriting 101 video series on YouTube.

Robin has written and produced hundreds of songs for television, records, films, theater, and audio products. Her songs have aired on the Disney Channel, PBS, and ABC television shows, among many others. She is a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records and executive producer of over 60 albums.

As an in-demand panelist and lecturer, Robin has given workshops at Musicians Institute, UCLA, USC, and more. She has mentored dozens of top music industry veterans, helping them communicate their knowledge of music and the music business to songwriters and recording artists.

Known for her real-world, often humorous take on the music industry and her ability to organize information into valuable, easy-to-apply lessons, Robin will show you how to aim for success while remaining true to yourself and writing your absolute best lyrics and songs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
This course is for people who are serious about writing expressive lyrics and want to blend their creative style with the commercial side of songwriting. Whether you're just getting started, or a lyric writer who's interested in professional collaboration, or a self-contained singer-songwriter or band, this course will help you reach your goal of writing lyrics that express your vision while appealing to listeners and the music industry.
Do I have to be able to sing or play an instrument?
You don't have to sing or play an instrument to complete this course. And you don't have to read notes either. This course is all about words. Occasionally, I'll suggest that you sing along with a hit song. All you'll need is access to YouTube or a streaming music service like Spotify. You'll find links to everything you need in the course. It will help if you're familiar with basic songwriting vocabulary, such as chorus, verse, and bridge. However, you'll have a chance to pick up those concepts as you go along.
How much time will the course take?
The course is divided into four sections with 13 videos and 13 PDFs in total. The videos run between 5 to 8 minutes and the PDFs can be read in about 20 minutes each.. The listening and writing exercises can be completed in about 4 hours per week, but you can spend more or less time depending on how many hours you have available for your songwriting. You're likely to find some skills easier to master than others, and new skills will open exciting creative vistas you'll want to explore. The best approach is to take the course at your own pace and enjoy the discovery process as you go.
Will I need any special tools or apps?
Just a pencil and paper — It's low tech, cheap, and it works. If you prefer, you can write your lyrics on computer or tablet. Just be sure to keep a backup so you don't lose any of your inspired work. Sometimes a lyric will arrive with a melody or it may suggest a rhythm or a particular way of phrasing the words. When that happens, it'll be helpful to have a simple recording device handy. A smartphone with memo record, a handheld digital recorder, or a cassette recorder will all work for for this purpose. You're going to be listening to a lot of songs, so easy access to current music will be helpful. I recommend stream-on-demand music services like Spotify or Apple Music. (There's a low monthly subscription fee for both.) Or you can listen on YouTube for free, however you'll have to contend with ads and poor audio quality at times. You can also buy the songs on iTunes or Amazon.com.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course — you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like across any and all devices you own.
What will my lyric feedback include?
This course offers detailed, written feedback for one full song lyric. The critique covers 12 essential points of lyric strength, including theme, structure, development, imagery, rhyme, expressiveness, listener engagement, genre, market potential, and more. Your feedback will be constructive, practical, and include the kind of information you can put to use right away. A sample of the critique form is included on this page. You can submit a lyric you write during the course or any original lyric you've written on your own or with a collaborator. Expect your lyric critique within 7 to 10 business days after submission. For more information, watch the free video, "Getting the Most From Your Lyric Feedback," included at the end of the course.
Can I ask specific questions about my lyric?
Yes, you can ask questions that you'd like me to address in your critique. Include your lyric questions in your email when you submit the lyric. While I won't be able to give you specific guidance on where to pitch your lyric or advice on songwriting contracts, I may be able to point you to helpful resources.
Can you help me find someone to put music to my lyric?
I'm not able to recommend people by name but here's a link to a blog post that will give you a few resources to get you started: https://mysongcoach.com/how-to-write-a-song-if-you-dont-play-an-instrument/
What if the course doesn't meet my expectations?
This course is designed to give you information you can put to use right away to improve your lyrics. But I understand that lyric writing is never a one-size-fits-all proposition, so I offer a 7-day money back guarantee. If you're not satisfied for any reason, I'll be happy to refund the amount you paid for the course. However, after you request lyric feedback and submit your lyric, I won't be able to refund your payment. It requires a substantial amount of time to give you a lyric critique that's accurate, useful, and constructive.

"This course is an exciting way to think about and learn about songwriting! It completely takes the intimidation out of songwriting by clearly outlining the process in easy to grasp steps. I am a visual learner and appreciate the combination of audio and video. The hit song examples of each concept really seal in the learning.

Robin's credentials are undeniable and she knows her stuff. But in this course, you can also feel her heart and caring about YOUR songs. She is the real deal — genuine, authentic and passionate about songwriting! She leaves no stone unturned with helpful resource links, PDFs, practical writing exercises, and a "review" checklist …you will be armed with EVERYTHING you need to write great songs!"

- Spring Lovelle, Pro Singer, Recording Engineer, Songwriter

"Robin is truly a wizard when it comes to lyrics and the songwriting craft. In my experience she has helped me enormously to see my own potential and tap into areas that were missing from my songwriting flow. I have never worked with a more experienced and highly talented songwriting coach and mentor in my life and I would not have the career and success that I have now without her help and guidance. I highly recommend and endorse Robin's lyric course, all of her books and vouch for her true love for the songwriting craft."

- Robbie Hancock, Recent songwriting/composing credits include music placed on NBC, HBO, The Discovery Channel, MTV, Bravo, BTN, The National Film Board of Canada, HGTV, and DIY Network

"Robin has a way of teaching songwriting that cuts through the noise and gets to the nuts and bolts of what you need to know. Her book on songwriting for Film & TV literally put me on the map. I've had four placements in TV shows and commercials! I just finished this course on lyrics and can't wait to start applying what I've learned."

- Bickenhall, Songwriter

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