Maricopa Community Colleges  MTC111   20006-99999 

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval:  5-25-2010

MTC111  2010 Fall - 9999

LEC  1.0 Credit(s)  1.0 Period(s)  1.0 Load  Occ

Lyric Writing

Lyric writing and its relationship to song structure and rhythm. Emphasis on basic poetic forms, meter, rhyme schemes, analysis of song lyrics for content and clarity, and use of lyric writing tools.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Notes: Basic note reading and/or music theory is advisable. MTC111 may be repeated for credit.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


MTC111  2010 Fall - 9999

Lyric Writing



Identify different poetic meters, and explain how they relate to musical rhythms. (I)


Explain the function of rhyming, non-rhyming, and internal rhyme schemes in relation to song structure. (II)


Analyze lyrics for content, clarity and continuity. (III)


Use the thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, and other writing tools in composing lyrics. (IV)

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MTC111  2010 Fall - 9999

Lyric Writing


I. Poetic Meter

A. Syllabic accents

1. Emphasize natural speech patterns

2. Tie lyric to the musical pulse and melody

B. Grouping of stressed and unstressed syllables

1. Metric feet

a. Iambic

b. Trochee

c. Anapest

d. Dactyl

e. Spondee

f. Amphibrach

2. Metric line

II. Rhyme Schemes

A. Perfect rhymes, imperfect rhymes, and internal rhymes

B. Stanzas

C. Strophic and non-strophic forms

III. Content, Clarity and Continuity

A. Sources of inspiration

B. Determining the theme

C. Imagery and metaphor

D. Use of emotional and chronological flow

IV. Lyric Writing Tools

A. Using a thesaurus

B. Using a rhyming dictionary

C. Using other writing tools


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