Discover the Melody and Hook Patterns Shaping Today's Hits

March 19 & 26, April 2 & 16 | A Four-Part Live Online Masterclass

Join us for this one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive workshop, where we pull back the curtain on the science and patterns behind today’s hit melodies and hooks and the delivery techniques that bring them to life!

As the saying goes, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. And when it comes to hit songs, this couldn’t be more true.

While most songs start off with a spark of unique inspiration, it’s during the rewrite process where they’re meticulously fine-tuned to compete on the hit song stage.

Using in-depth Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 case studies, this masterclass will cover:

  • What the most effective songwriting techniques found in today’s hits are
  • The psychology behind strategic songwriting and production decisions
  • The patterns found in today’s hits and how they impact the song and the listener

You’ll learn:

  • How today’s hits are optimized to fire on all cylinders
  • How to assess a song’s strengths and weaknesses after it’s been written and make informed decisions during the rewrite process
  • Techniques for optimizing every aspect of your song while preserving its original essence

In addition, you’ll receive proprietary Hit Songs Deconstructed tools to assess your music’s strengths and weaknesses and guide you through your rewrite process. You’ll walk away with all of the tools, techniques and insight you need to master the rewrite process and optimize your songs to succeed on the hit song stage!

This masterclass is available in three different formats:
  • Attend all segments and apply the principles covered to rewrite one of your own original songs
  • Attend all segments (except the final listening session) with no writing commitments or deadlines
  • Attend an individual segment of your choice

Should you decide to work on an original song, you’ll receive a private one-on-one session with Hit Songs Deconstructed Co-Founder, David Penn.

  • March 19: Melody & Hooks
  • March 26: Lyrics & Rhymes
  • April 2: Structure & Arrangement
  • April 16: Participant Listening Session (details to be announced)
Your masterclass registration includes:
  • The live masterclass with plenty of time for your questions
  • The masterclass presentation deck
  • Access to HSD-Connect, the Hit Songs Deconstructed private, invitation-only community and network, where you can connect with past and present masterclass participants.
  • The video of the masterclass, which will be made available following the masterclass

*Dates subject to change.

Testimonials from Past Masterclass Participants

Decoding Hooks is for you if:

• You want to compete at the highest levels and attain continued commercial success
• You want new tools to evaluate your songs' strengths and weaknesses and help prime them for maximum impact
• You are ready to take the leap and combine your unique creativity with a little bit of science

By applying the techniques you learn during this masterclass to your music, you will take your writing and producing skills to the next level, regardless of the genre you’re working in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What knowledge of songwriting and music theory do I need to understand what is being taught?
A solid foundation in the basic craft of songwriting and music theory is highly recommended.

Who is this meant for?
Songwriters, producers, instrumentalists and A&R/Music Industry Professionals who have the goal of being involved in today’s mainstream music scene.

What is the basis for the material covered?
We will focus on recent Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits.

How will the material be conveyed?
The presentation will feature a combination of audio examples, graphs, charts, commentary, and Logic Pro sessions to illustrate principals and techniques

Will the video of the live masterclass be available after the conclusion of the masterclass?
Yes, the video is posted to the masterclass portal after the masterclass concludes.

Your Masterclass Instructor

David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs and has been featured by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, Canadian Musician Radio, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He also regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU, and Frost School of Music, as well as at industry events such as Music Biz, DIY Musician Conference and others.
A music connoisseur of all time periods and genres, he is a “go-to” consultant for songwriters, producers, publishers and labels.

Limited Seats Available

Due to the intimate nature of this masterclass, there are limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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