Increase your understanding of songcraft. Including the benefit of structure and how to unleash the lyricist within.
Learn the power of melodic motifs and how to build a chord highway that transports your songs message to the listener.
Discover songwriting that's sustainable for a lifetime.
“Brian Doerksen is a great teacher. His years of experience and expertise are very evident in his presentation. I can tell he has done a lot of research on and gives great examples of songs and uses a wonderful cross-section of material that is from every era of music including current songs and artists. His knowledge of music and song construction is impressive. He breaks down the elements that make it very understandable and accessible.”Elnora Pittman
“Hearing real world examples from artists to highlight what we have learned in each session really solidified the teaching points for me. Taking the learning from a cerebral thing to practical. Making the teaching point a reality!”Sue Vaartstra
“I learned a ton of new things and it gave me a wealth of options to try in my writing. In particular, it made me excited to try out different song forms I’d never thought about and experiment with more than just standard rhyme.”Kristin Joy Richie
“ If you think you know everything about rhymes and how to use them, prepare to learn how vast the subtle possibilities really are! Brian has an infectious passion about all things songwriting and this course has inspired me to keep on writing with purpose and joy!”Tom Marko
“Not only was I able to see familiar songs through new eyes, I was introduced to artists that have become favourites. Anyone interested in learning more about songwriting will find something of value in this course and will appreciate the care and attention that was put into creating it.”Trish V
“Brian's teaching style is relaxed, passionate, and inviting. I've been writing for years and have met no one with the breadth of knowledge or ability to convey it so well. It was the best investment I have ever made in songwriting. The consult was an extremely valuable addition that married the course content brilliantly. ”Rod Hall
“taking the unlocking your songs course has not only been inspiring to my work as a songwriter but affirming and challenging to my role as a creative. Brian sensitively weaves a highly technical and clear approach to good practice alongside a pastoral heart to see individuals flourish through the creative process. This course has enabled me to see had what remained hidden and put words to things I knew but couldn't articulate in the writing space.”Matt Richens