I've been studying composition and theory for a few years now. I'm interested in attempting to write pieces with text for solo/small group that are of a duration typical of a pop song. Are there any resources geared towards someone who is already fairly familiar with composition/theory on the changes/additions that need to be made to apply these skills to songwriting?


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  • You should probably explain what genre you're interested in. Do you mean songs as in Schubert lieder, or songs as in actual pop songs? – Your Uncle Bob May 16 at 0:11
  • I was hoping for relatively genre-neutral answers, but let's say music that would potentially be listened to by the average American listener who is not necessarily familiar with "art music". – lightning May 16 at 0:18
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    Dominance of melody (including syncopation) and fitting lyrics singably are probably the main ones. Depending on how much of the production you're doing yourself, modern instruments I haven't found a huge obstacle except for writing listenable percussion... – Luke Sawczak May 16 at 1:49
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    @lightning Aside from the answers you're going to get, I highly recommend that you listen to a lot of popular (not just necessarily pop!) music. It will help you to recognise idioms and intricacies that are hard to understand from behind the pages of a textbook. – user45266 May 16 at 3:15