SongTown Presents: The Songwriting MasterClass Series 2023

Transform your songs & songwriting for life!

Melody MasterClass


with multi-hit songwriter

Clay Mills

SongTown Songwriting Masterclasses

Lyric MasterClass


with multi-hit songwriter

Marty Dodson


Real Pros Teach You Real-World Songwriting. 

Online Video Classroom  – 14 Students per Class Limited Spots!


These six-week songwriting MasterClasses will level-up your writing in a big way– in a very short time.

Train with multi #1 writers/producers Clay Mills & Marty Dodson.

2 World-Class Songwriting Courses!

Apply for one or both!

The Melody MasterClass 

Led by multi #1 songwriter, 2x 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. Small video classrooms with hands-on instruction & feedback from Clay.

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 artists such 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. Small video classrooms with hands-on instruction & feedback from Marty.

Attend From Anywhere On Any Device!

Small classes for interactive experience with hands-on personal instruction from hit writers.

Classes are once a week:

January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20

Melody & Lyric sessions will be staggered for those wanting to take both. We will have a European-friendly time (mid-afternoon CT) as well as evening sessions. Replays available for all classes.

SongTown’s Online Video Classroom (Zoom)

SongTown Songwriting Course

How The ST Songwriting 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 7, 2023. Remember, we are looking at the writer's potential and not necessarily for crafty, polished songs or demos. Classes are limited to 14 students to insure proper attention to everyone.

Once you have been accepted into the SongTownUSA MasterClass 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 internet 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 MasterClass 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

$549 for Members/$599 for Non-Members (2 months of ST Membership included!)

ST MasterClass Series w/Marty Dodson - Lyric Focus

$549 for Members/$599 for Non-Members (2 months of ST Membership included!)


*Tuition will be due if you’re accepted into the course on Jan 10th, 2023

Level Up Your Songwriting!

Train With Multi-Hit Songwriters…

Clay Mills- Hit songwriter - Songtown

Clay Mills

Multi #1 Writer/Publisher

Mississippi Delta native Clay Mills’ list of accolades is quite impressive. 12-time ASCAP award 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 and was inducted into the Mississippi Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 2022.

Marty Dodson- Hit songwriter - Songtown

Marty Dodson

Multi #1 Writer/Publisher

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 10 number one songs and counting throughout his career!

Not Another Video Course

Unlike most online masterclasses these days, you’re NOT getting a bunch of recorded videos and left to figure it out yourself. These are small live zoom classrooms. You'll get training and feedback each week from Clay & Marty. This is your chance for full interaction and hands on training from hit songwriters.


Make major progress in a very short time.

MasterClass will change your songs & songwriting for life!


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


Many ST students have met & become collaborators.

Including members that have written a #1 song together!


If you can't make a class time, we've got you covered.

With video replays, you won't miss a thing.


We believe in enjoying your learning time.

No boring theory, just real-world techniques.


Join your weekly class experience from a computer or smart device.

Let's Do This!

SongTown Success Stories

GAYLE - #1 Pop Song

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

- GAYLE (SongTown Alum)

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

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 5 million Tik Tok plays and over 1 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