SONGWRITING AGES 12 and over Learn to write your own music

School of Rock students working on writing a song


School of Rock students in songwriting class


  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

Creating original songs can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences for musicians. School of Rock’s Songwriting Program teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works. Students have one weekly private lesson on an instrument of their choice where they learn concepts, technique and theory. These principles are then applied in weekly group lessons where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops. Every few months, Songwriting Program students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs. Now available online.

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School of Rock student learning songwriting techniques


At School of Rock, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Students can participate in our Songwriting music program through interactive online lessons or in-school, socially distanced classes. Students choosing to take the Songwriting program online are taught using the same famous, patented curriculum we use in our schools—The School of Rock Method™. Instead of in-person lessons and rehearsals, online students will have weekly 1-on-1 online video lessons with their instructor and weekly online rehearsals with their classmates.

School of Rock students performing original songs


Our songwriting program for kids and teens is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original pieces of music. Songwriting students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first, or have some previous basic music experience. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.


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What will my child learn in the Songwriting Program?

School of Rock's Songwriting Program for kids and teens teaches a wide variety of songwriting principles to help students express their musical ideas. Topics include chord progression theory, song arrangment, overcoming writer's block, songwriting collaboration, lyric construction and more. 


What are the qualifications for the Songwriting Program?

Because songwriting requires a baseline level of general musical knowledge, students who wish to join the Songwriting Program must have completed our Rock 101 Program or have some prior experience on an instrument. 

Is School of Rock just for kids?

Not at all! School of Rock also offers music programs for adults. Check out the Adult program for more information.

How much does the Songwriting Program cost?

The School of Rock Songwriting Program includes both weekly individual and group lessons. School of Rock's Songwriting Program typically costs around $275-$450 per month, but varies by locations. Ask your local School of Rock for pricing specifics.

Will my child actually write original music in the Songwriting Program?

Yes!  All Songwriting Program students will be writing music.  In fact, every few months Songwriting students will perform their original songs live at a local music venue or collaborate together to record their music.  

Is the Songwriting Program available online?

Yes, all of our core music programs are available online through our Remote Program.  Online students recieve their interactive one-on-one and group educational experiences through our virtual online lesson rooms.  

At what age can my child start songwriting?

Students ages 12 and over are eligible for School of Rock's Songwriting program. Some students may be ready for our songwriting curriculum before age 12 if they've had prior music education.  Discuss your child's musical background with your local School of Rock to determine whether she or he is ready for the Songwriting program.  

Student learning to play in School of Rock's songwriting program

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At School of Rock, we offer a variety of music programs, like the Songwriting Program, to accommodate students with various skill levels and different ages. Our lessons continually work to advance our students' skills with the goal of making them incredible musicians. Click to learn more about our specific lesson offerings.

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