Course description

Looking back over history countless songs have been written that have transformed the culture of the church. New and old, it is easy to recall the great hymns and modern worship songs that have impacted generations. The greatest worship songs have always had the ability to shift atmospheres and soften hearts unhindered by time or seasons.

In this 12 week course Dan McCollam delves deep into the art and technique of worship songwriting. This module is designed to stretch, develop and refine your skills by identifying the technical factors that make a great song.

Offering foundational principles you will also have the opportunity to experiment through practical weekly assignments and participate in the forum with other students based on the themes of each week.

Highly technical with engaging, conversational content, coupled with weekly practical exercises for you to try, this is an excellent course for the beginner to advanced worship songwriter.

Each lesson contains:

A weekly MP3 teaching session with Dan McCollam and guests;

Study notes to read alongside the MP3 teachings;

Weekly practical assignments for you to try out for yourself;

Weekly discussion questions;

You will also receive two downloadable ebooks: “The Worship Writers Guide” & “Finding Your Song”.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Study and deconstruct popular worship songs;

Song Hooks

  • Identify, locate and write song hooks;
  • Identify the four categories of song hooks for praise and worship songs;
  • Craft your ideas into a song hook;
  • Identify the 5 Main types of repetition;

Study Song Form

  • Study different Song Forms;
  • Understand the building blocks for great songs - song sections (Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Pre Chorus etc);

Songwriting Techniques

  • Use different 'list techniques' for songwriting;
  • Study Alliteration, contrast, slant rhyme as the four devices for writing;
  • Learn the key principles in writing a great chorus;
  • Identify foundational and rotational simple chorus types;


  • Improve your lyrical content;
  • Develop imagery skills;


  • Learn how to create memorable melodies;
  • Understand and identify the foundations of Melody: The musical motif, prosody, sing- ability, musical contrasts and emphasis ;

Finishing Touches

  • Understand the importance of re-writing;
  • Understand the benefits of co-writing;
  • Learn what to do with a finished song;
  • Understand the registration and copyright process;
  • Submit your own song for review.

Please note: “God Vibrations” and “Redeeming A Sound” are recommended courses to take before you start this course as they provide an excellent foundation on the more spiritual aspects of what it means to release the new song of the Lord.

Revive Academy

Revive Academy

Online Training

Revive Academy exists to propel you into that great adventure equipped, supported, capable and connected.

Inspiring Revival

Our vision is to inspire fresh waves of powerful revival across our region, the nation and the world, through missions, media, the arts, church planting, new campuses and ministries. We want to see the greatest auditoriums in our lands filled with people experiencing God’s glory. We want to build healthy, growing, influential churches. We are praying to see the most powerful days in Church history in our own lifetime!

Do you carry that same call? Then perhaps you should join us.

There is a varied selection of ways Revive can support you in your development, depending on your availability, age, gifts and calling:

  • Revive Academy Full Time College – Training and releasing a generation of revivalists.
  • Short Courses – Our weekly evening classes in various subjects.
  • Online Courses – Learn and develop online around your home and work life.

Have a look around our site and get in touch if you think a life of adventure is for you!

Jarrod & Vicky Cooper
Revive Church, c/o Kingswood House, Ashcombe Road, Kingswood, Kingston upon Hull. HU7 3DD. United Kingdom.

Course Contents

19 PDFs

13 Audios

12 Disqus

Course Curriculum

Song Sections: The Building Blocks For Building Great Songs