Melody MasterClass


with multi-hit songwriter

Clay Mills

Songwriting MasterClass- SongTown

Lyric MasterClass


with multi-hit songwriter

Marty Dodson

SongTown Presents:

The Songwriting MasterClass Series 2021

Transform your songs & songwriting for life!

Real Pros Teach You Real-World Songwriting. 

Online Video Classroom – 12 Students Per Class – Limited Spots!

This six-week songwriting masterclass will level-up your writing in a big way– in a very short time. Train with multi #1 writers/producers Clay Mills & Marty Dodson.

This class is offered only once a year every January and February.

2 World-Class Courses!

Apply for the class that you need the most!


The Melody MasterClass 

Led by multi #1 songwriter, 2 time Grammy nominee Clay Mills.

This course will transform your skills from writing good melodies to creating impactful melodies that move people! Clay will teach you his PRA Melody Method he has used to write major hits for Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Diamond Rio; and artists as diverse as Baby Face, Reba, and Kimberly Locke. 

The Lyric MasterClass 

Led by multi #1 songwriter Marty Dodson.

This course will focus on transforming your lyrics from good songs to great songs with a re-writing process that Marty has used to write major songs for such artists as Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington, and Kenny Chesney. Marty’s career has proven that good lyrics can produce hits in Pop Music as well as Country. 

Attend From Anywhere On Any Device!

Replays Available for all classes.

Classes are every Monday night (Jan 18, 25/ Feb 1, 8, 15, 22)

Location: SongTown’s Online Video ClassRoom (Zoom)

SongTown's Live Video Classroom

How The MasterClass Series Works


It’s free to apply. Just upload mp3s and/or lyrics (if you are a lyricist only send lyrics) of 2 songs that you feel best showcase your personal writing style.

Songs must be received by midnight, Jan 8, 2021. Remember, we are looking at the writers’ potential and not necessarily for crafty polished songs or demos. Classes are limited to 12 students to insure proper attention to everyone.

Once you have been accepted into the SongTownUSA Master Class Program:

You will receive a syllabus outlining what material will be covered each week and instructions on how to gain access to our video classroom.

Each week you will attend a 75 minute songwriting class led by Marty Dodson or Clay Mills. You can login on your computer or laptop from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere with a good wi-fi connection.

Each week Marty and Clay will offer valuable insight into the craft of songwriting and give you an assignment for the following week.

When you return to class the following week, your song assignment will receive a positive, encouraging critique outlining what is working and what can be improved.

MasterClass Series courses are full participation. You will work hand-in-hand with Clay, Marty and your fellow attendees for a fun learning experience.

Details & Pricing:

Major universities charge up to $1,500 for non-credit songwriting courses taught by college professors. Our Master Class Series is conducted by current hit songwriters with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to write great songs in the real world.  You will gain actual street-cred! Your instructors will give you supportive guidance on your assignments to help you level up your songwriting. 


ST MasterClass Series w/Clay Mills- Melody Focus

$529 for Members/$579 for Non-Members (2 months of ST Membership included!)

ST MasterClass Series w/Marty Dodson- Lyric Focus

$529 for Members/$579 for Non-Members (2 months of ST Membership included!)

*Tuition will be due if you’re accepted into the course on Jan. 11th, 2021

Train With Multi-Hit Songwriters…

Clay Mills

Mississippi Delta native Clay Mills’ list of accolades is quite impressive. 12-time ASCAP awards winning songwriter/producer, penning #1 hits for Darius Rucker (“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”), Diamond Rio (“Beautiful Mess”), and Kimberley Locke (“Fall”). Along the way collecting Grammy Nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love”. Clay has had over 150 songs recorded by major recording artists. 

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Marty Dodson - pro songwriter/instructor - SongTown

Marty Dodson

Marty (born in Apple Valley, California) is an American singer-songwriter/producer. He has had songs recorded by artists such as Carrie Underwood, The Plain White T’s, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, The Oak Ridge Boys, Saving Jane, Lonestar, Billy Currington, and Craig Morgan. He’s celebrated 9 number one songs and counting throughout his career!

Just a few reasons you’ll want to take this Songwriting MasterClass…


Make major progress in a very short time.

Masterclass will change your songs & songwriting for life!


If you can’t make a class-time, we’ve got you covered. With video replays you won’t miss a thing.


Get hands-on personal feedback on weekly assignments from hit songwriters.


We believe in enjoying your learning time.

No boring theory, just real-world techniques.


Many ST students have met & become collaborators.

Including 2 that wrote a #1 song together!


Join your weekly class experience from computer or smart device.


  • Sara Davis- big machine records- songtown

    SongTown member Sara Davis : Signs an exclusive staff writer deal with world-wide publisher Big Machine Music!

  • SongTown member Lloyd Back : Single “When I’m With You” is #2 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart!

  • Signed exclusive staff-writer deal with publisher. [VibeCity Publishing]

    -Jesse Slack (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

  • Dennys-ad-joey-susan-songtown

    National Ad Campaign For Denny’s

    -Joey Ebach & Susan Simonson (writers/producers)

  • Superstar Tim McGraw recently recorded a Blake song!

    -Blake Griffith (Staff Songwriter)

  • SongTown Members Randy Morrison, Jan Edwards & Matt Rogers : Song “I Will” sung by Darrin Morris Band is #1 on the Texas Country Music Chart!

  • 2020 Emmy Winner!

    -Mike Meiers (Songwriter/Producer)

  • Songtown-songwriter-Tiffany Ashton

    Song featured in the movie and on the soundtrack for “The Farmer and the Belle”

    Tiffany B. Ashton (writer/artist)

  • SongTown Member & VibeCity Writer Josh Byrd : Song “Fresh” released by singed Recording Artist Brandon Ray!

  • VibeCity Music- Kelly McKay- SongTown

    Signed exclusive staff-writer deal with publisher. [VibeCity Publishing]

    -Kelly McKay (SONGWRITER)

  • robyn_collins-songtown-warner_chappell

    Signed staff-writer deal with major publisher. [Warner Chappell Publishing]

    -Robyn Collins (SONGWRITER)

  • EP – Kiss Me, Cowboy – hit #1 on the UK + New Zealand Country Albums Charts, + #6 on the UK All-Genre Albums Chart!

    -Tommy Atkins (Songwriter/Artist)

  • John Decious-Songwriter

    Major label artist cut on Anderson East [Atlantic Records]

    -John Decious (WRITER/BAND MEMBER)

  • conner sweet songtown billboard charts

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

    -Connor Sweet (Songwriter/Artist)

  • barrett-baber-songtown-sony-songwriter

    Staffwriter/Artist deal w/Sony ATV – Finalist on The Voice.

    -Barrett Baber (STAFFWRITER/ARTIST)

  • Song placed on network TV Show – Lethal Weapon.

    -Ray Weaver (Songwriter/Denmark)

  • Signed exclusive staff-writer deal with SNG Music Publishing.

    -Lee Starr (Songwriter/Artist)

  • Celebrating his two #1 songs with Australian country artist Benn Gunn!

    -Andrew Cavanagh (#1 WRITER/AUSTRALIA)

  • Gayle signs exclusive writer/artist deal with Kara DioGuardi’s company Arthouse!

    -Gayle (Artist/Writer)

  • Signed exclusive staff-writing deals with Vibe City Music!

    -Ryland Fisher and Joey Ebach  (SONGWRITER/PRODUCER DUO)

  • Signed staff-writer deal and record deal w/MV2 Entertainment. CMT Video artist!

    -Nora Collins (ARTIST/WRITER)

  • Her song BREAK ME OPEN was recorded by The Relationship!

    -Debra Gussin (Award Winning Songwriter)

  • Signed exclusive staff-writer publishing deal with VibeCity Music!

    -Josh Byrd (Songwriter)

  • Placed a featured song in the TV show Young & The Restless!

    -Christina Meyer (POP WRITER)

  • Signed first staff-writer publishing deal with Green Hills Music Group!

    -Mary Haller (Country Songwriter/Boston)

  • Just celebrated his first #1 song with Australian country artist Benn Gunn!

    -Kevin rowe (#1 SONGWRITER)

  • Placed song on MTV show “Busch Family Brew!”


  • Signed a contract with Collaborate Music for the remix on her song ‘Take My Love.”


Quotes from A Few Of Our Former Students 

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“I have done many songwriting workshops in the past, and the SongTownUSA Master Class has been by far the best. You really cannot put a price tag on the experience of every week meeting with a hit songwriter and getting their direct feedback and suggestions!  Plus I now have awesome new cowriters. I hope everyone will apply for the next class.”    ~ Kate Smith (Grove Heights, MN)

Mike Meiers-songtown-songwriter

“Highly recommend this! I took Clay’s melody class last January after reading his book The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and it was a game changer for me!
~Mike Meiers (Pittsburg, PA)

Bill O'Hanlon - Songwriter-songtown

I’ve taken both the Melody and the Lyric Master Class and plan to take them both again. My songwriting jumped up a level after each one. 
~Bill O’Hanlon (Santa Fe, NM)

John Decious-Songwriter

“Excited to announce my first major artist cut on Anderson East’s new Atlantic Records Album. I’d also like to say I took some advice from Songtown’s class with Clay Mills and wrote “what the artist didn’t have.” I’m sure that worked in my favor! ~ Jon Decious (Nashville, TN)