Expert Songcraft Instruction

Improve Your Songwriting with a Juilliard Pro. Learn how to compose music by learning the techniques and theory used by some of the greatest music artist of our time.

On-Going Registration 8 Seats Available 8th-10th Grade Flexible

Chris Kapica

What You'll Learn

  • Song structures and how to play with the expectations of the listener
  • What makes a melody great and how to apply those concepts to your own toplines
  • Lyric writing techniques, including how to make your melody and lyrics work better together
  • Chord theory and how certain types of chords in certain combinations can affect the dramatic arc of a song
  • Rhythm and groove and how they can be used to create moments of comfort and tension in a song
  • How arrangement and production decisions can compliment your melody and affect the energy of a song

$5.00 per day

$80.00 per day

3 Days Left at This Price


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Program Description

In this introductory course, students will learn how to build basic chords, melodies, and rhythms and connect those concepts to songs that they listen to (or if you’re a songwriter, music that you’ve written). Ever wanted to learn to read music? Curious about what that funky chord you found on the guitar is called? Wanna know how big that vocal jump is in that song you just heard? Modern Music Theory can help.

Students with prior musical experience will learn how to compose music by learning the techniques and theories used by some of the greatest music artists of our time.  Songwriters learn what makes the songs they love so special and then apply those concepts to their own music. You'll discover how the melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, and structural elements all work together to create a compelling song. After a few courses you'll be able to write your own song and then receive expert feedback from the instructor, a Juilliard-trained composer, and songwriter. 


Registration for this course just includes a $5 registration fee. After Registration, Chris will reach out to you and assess your musical goals and schedule a time for your first lesson. Payment is $80 per hour.  Instruction will be virtual and the details for joining the virtual room will be provided after registration. 

Materials: Students will be required to have a laptop pencils and paper on hand

Meet the Instructor

Chris Kapica

The Juilliard School (Master of Music, Composition -- May 2009) The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music, Composition -- May 2008)

Hi! I'm a Juilliard-trained composer currently serving as the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of California College of Music in Pasadena. I've taught collegiately at both Juilliard and CCM for over 8 ... Read More