Understanding the Fundamental Building Blocks of a Hit

Saturday, September 17th | 12PM - 2:30PM EST | A Live, Online Workshop


While no two hit songs are exactly alike, most possess core commonalities that are fundamental to their success.
Join us for this masterclass to find out what they are!

From melody and hooks, to lyrics and rhymes, to structure and arrangement, this workshop will provide you with a strong foundation of the elements consistently found in today's hits.

"This is the most thorough

master class that I have attended.
Recommend it to all."

Sandy Chen // Songwriter

Warner Chappell Music

"I can't stress enough how important
HSD is to any serious
professional hit songwriter."

Hilton Wright II //

Record Producer/Songwriter

"These are not just songwriting
tips and tricks; these workshops are
a masterclass in hit songwriting."

George Haughton //


Discover The Five Pillars of a Hit Song

During this two-hour masterclass, we’ll explore current hit songwriting trends and you'll learn what the Five Pillars of a Hit Song are. 

You'll learn what the most effective melody, hook writing, lyrical, structural and arrangement techniques found in today's hits are, and, using in-depth hit song case studies, we'll explore why they are being used and what makes them so effective. 

You'll gain unique insight into how today's hits are crafted and walk away with a brand new set of tools and techniques to help you maximize the impact of your song, regardless of the genre you are writing and producing in.

Your Workshop Instructor

David Penn
Co-Founder, Hit Songs Deconstructed

David Penn is co-founder of Hit Songs Deconstructed, responsible for spearheading all analysis, editorial content, and workshops and co-founder of ChartCipher.

David is a recognized expert in the craft and trends behind hit songs, having been featured in an array of podcasts and articles published by Billboard, Variety, Music Week, BMI, Financial Times, and the Economist, to name a few. He regularly guest lectures at top universities such as Berklee College of Music, NYU and Frost School of Music, consults with major labels and publishers, and coaches both aspiring and established songwriters and producers.

Most recently, he co-founded ChartCipher, a game-changing platform that unleashes the power of AI-driven hit song analytics, responsible for fusing the Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology and delivery of hit song analytics with MyPart’s AI-powered analysis.

By attending this masterclass you'll gain a new toolbox
of proven techniques that will help take your songs to the next level!

What you will learn:

  • The Five Pillars of a Hit Song 
  • Current hit songwriting trends
  • What today’s hit songs have in common 
  • The most frequently used melody, hook writing, lyrical, structural and arrangement techniques being used in today’s hits
  • Proven techniques that will help take your songs to the next level

Your Registration Includes:

  • The live 2. 5 hour masterclass  
  • Plenty of time for live Q&A
  • The PDF of the masterclass presentation deck
  • A Spotify playlist with all the songs referenced during the presentation
  • The video of the masterclass

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

Songwriters, producers, and A&Rs whose goal it is to create commercially successful songs. It is ideal for anyone who is attending a Hit Songs Deconstructed masterclass for the first time.

What knowledge of songwriting and music theory is required?

A solid foundation in the basic craft of songwriting and music theory is highly recommended.

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.

Active listening exercises are at the core of this workshop, so make sure you can join us from a quiet environment with high speed internet and high quality audio/headphones.

Will I HAVE ACCESS TO THE video of the live MASTERCLASS after the conclusion of the workshop?

Yes, the video will be posted to the workshop portal after the masterclass concludes along with the presentation deck and the Spotify playlist of the songs referenced throughout the masterclass.

“Hit Songs Deconstructed has really pushed my music to a competitive level. The instructors are at the top of their game, detailed, and cover absolutely everything that's happening in current, charting successful music.”

JULAPINK // Pop Recording Artist

"The way songs are broken down is extremely useful in really solidifying your understanding of what's happening in the most popular music, and how you can incorporate it in your own."

Omar Zulfi // Music Artist/Producer, Deviant Noise

"The Hit Songs Deconstructed "Hit Song Blueprint" masterclass was amazing! I am stunned by the WEALTH of information available through this program, and the manner in which it was presented. Very impressive!"

Nick Martin // artist/producer