The "Cut Above" Songwriting CrashCourse

Challenging Yourself To Write  A "Song of The Year"

Starts Monday, November 7th


Join us for the first ever SongTown "Cut Above"  Online Songwriting Course...


We all know those songs that are not your typical “hit songs” …rather, they are those hit-you-in-the-heart, standout tunes that are a cut above. 

In this class, we'll challenge you to write a song worthy of a "Song of The Year" title—one that's been bestowed on many of the greatest songs of all time.

Each week in class, we will dissect an actual "Song of The Year" lyrically and melodically. You'll learn what made each song stand out above all of the other songs that year. You'll gain necessary tools to add to your own songwriting toolbox to level up your writing.

We will encourage you to co-write in teams of 3, but it's NOT REQUIRED! We have members whose schedules don't allow it and others who like to write solo. So if that's you, this course will still be the same leveling-up experience!

If you are up for co-writing, you can choose your team members (each person must be registered for the class) or we can randomly assign you if you'd like!

The SongTown "Cut Above" CrashCourse - Going where no songwriting course has gone before! 🚀

Class Members Will Learn...

  • Lyric elements common to many Songs of The Year
  • Techniques that make a melody a Song of The Year contender
  • Different types of emotions that Songs of The Year evoke
  • How to look for ideas/titles/grooves that could be Song of The Year
  • How to "raise" the bar on your own writing by studying great songs

Limited Spots!

Class Dates & Details

Classes are easy to view and participate in from your computer, laptop, or smartphone. All Zoom classes are available to watch on replay if you miss it live.

Class Schedule:
  • Monday, November 7th (7pm CT)
  • Monday, November 14th (7pm CT)
  • Monday, November 21st (7pm CT)
Class Fees:
  • SongTown Members - $225
  • Non-Members - $249 (includes one month of full access to the #1 songwriter community in the world!)
  • Diamond Members can use one of their Free CrashCourse Credits!

**Tuition is non-refundable once class sells out or begins.

Limited Spots - Let's Do This!

Meet Your Instructors...


Clay Mills

Multi #1's/Mult-Grammy Noms/ Songwriter

Clay is an American singer-songwriter/producer. His songs are sung by artists such as Darius Rucker, Lady A, Babyface, Little Big Town, Diamond Rio, Reba, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood, Kimberly Locke, and Clay Walker. He’s celebrated 6 number one songs (and counting!) and multi- Grammy nominations throughout his career! Clay is also the co-author of the #1 best-selling book Mastering Melody Writing.

Marty Dodson SongTown- crashcourse

Marty Dodson

Multi #1 Songwriter/Producer

Marty is a California born singer-songwriter/producer celebrating 10 #1 songs in K-Pop, country, and bluegrass. His songs have been recorded by  Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, The Plain White T's, Blake Shelton, Diamond Rio, Lonestar, and George Straight. Marty is also the co-author of the acclaimed books Song Building and The Songwriter's Guide To Mastering Co-writing.

SongTown Success Stories

GAYLE - #1 Pop Song

#1 song on the Pop Chart! “abcdefu” recorded by GAYLE.

- GAYLE (SongTown Alum)

Kenny Pitts - Emmy

Emmy Winner

- Kenny Pitts (SongTown Member)

Mary Haller

Song placement on TV Show "Temptation Island".

- Mary Haller (SongTown Member)

HGTV - Song Placement

Song Placement on HGTV Revealed

- Marika Hallendy (SongTown Member)

Peter Daniel - Top 10

Song written with artist Brandon Davis on the Top 10 Country iTunes Sales Chart.

- Peter Daniel (SongTown Member)

Emma Kirkbride

Signed to DWB Music LTD.

- Emma Kirkbride (SongTown Member)

Song on Hulu

Song placement on Hulu Show "Welcome To Chippendales".

- Skaie Knox

Bill O Hanlon
Song placement on TV show, "Call Me Kat"

- Bill O'Hanlon, Mark Dolin & Chris Ising

Jon Decious

Writer on Ashley McBryde's Album "Lindeville".

- Jon Decious

Big Sky

Song "Watcha Drinkin ’Bout" on the Big Sky TV series.

- VibeCity Publishing, Ryland Fisher, Stephanie Quayle and Joey Ebach

Blake Griffith

Song “Hallelujahville” recorded by Superstar Tim McGraw!

- Blake Griffith

Sara Davis

Signs deal with world-wide publisher Big Machine Music and co-writes #1 song "abcdefu"

- Sara Davis (Staffwriter at Big Machine)

Lee Starr

Wrote the #1 Billboard smash "My Boy" for country artist Elvie Shane!

- Lee Starr

Randy Morrison

Celebrates #1 song "I Will" (Darrin Morris Band) on the Texas Country Music Chart!

- Randy Morrison, Jan Edwards, and Matt Rodgers

Kelly McKay - #1 Song

3 weeks at #1 on the British and Irish Top 10 chart! "All Time Favorite", recorded by Hurricane Highway.

- Kelly McKay, Kevin Rowe, Nancy Moser

American Eagle Ad Placement
SongTown Member's sync song placed in an American Eagle Ad.

- Karen Kiley, Jan Edwards, Colleen Francis

Card Item 17

5 million Tik Tok plays and over 37 million streams on her single “Just Drive!”

- Erin Kinsey

Rita Weyls

Songs featured on “The Voice” and “The Most Expensivist!”

- Rita Weyls

Jesse Slack - #1 Song

#1 song on Australian CMT Country Charts! "Right About Now” recorded by Josh Setterfield.

- Jesse Slack

Conner Sweet

Signs exclusive writer/record deal with Given Music Entertainment. First single cracking the Billboard Charts!

- Conner Sweet

Bobby Evans

Sync placement in movie “You Got This” on Netflix!

- Bobby Evans, Mathew Pownall, & Elias James Edlund

Kevin Rowe

Celebrates a #1 song with Australian country artist Benn Gunn!

- Kevin Rowe & Andrew Cavanagh

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Song placement on network TV Show - Lethal Weapon!

- Ray Weaver

Kelly McKay

Signs exclusive staff-writer deal with VibeCity Publishing!

- Kelly McKay

Jesse Slack

Gold Single for song "Tell You Everything" sung by Robyn Ottolini

- Jesse Slack