This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Have fun and learn about writing and expression with an exploration into song lyrics, from folk to Hip Hop — and learn how, no matter what the style, lyrics and poetry work together to influence and emotionally connect us with story and song.
What makes good song lyrics and what do these lyrics tell us about poetry? Look together at all kinds of songs — and analyze lyrics from folk songs, light opera, musical theater, old standards, novelty tunes, pop, rock, and even some hip-hop — and even try your hand at writing our own lyrics!
Folk Songs and Very Very Old Songs
Light Opera and Musicals
The Great American Songbook
Rock and Pop Music
Course materials: Will be provided free by Mr. O’Brien in the form of PDFs.
Homework: Daily assignments will consist of short computer-graded quizzes which provide immediate feedback, as well as brief reflections or essay answers graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one hour per day in addition to class time.