Rok Palcic, CEO and Piano Instructor

Course Description

Music composition is often seen as an advanced subject, out of the reach of most children; however, with the right approach, everyone can learn the basics of music notation and write their first song—we should not forget that Mozart was already composing at the age of 5! Songwriting is an excellent introduction to the world of composition, and over the course of 8 weeks, students will learn to write simple melodies, create lyrics, and set them to music. At the end of the course, students will present a complete song, which will be arranged and professionally produced by Music School 21.


Ages: 9–14
Start Date: April 1, 2022
Format: Online (via Zoom)
Course Duration: 8 weeks
Class Length: 40 minutes
Class Size: 8 (max)
Materials provided: Workbook and assignment sheets (download)
Required materials: Manuscript paper notebook, pencil, and eraser (estimated combined cost $10)
Price: Current Music School 21 / Chevy Chase Music students $200 for 8 classes | New students $250 for 8 classes


The course is designed for both beginners and students who take private instrumental and vocal lessons.


Students will be introduced to the following fundamental musical concepts: basics of staff notation, basic rhythmic patterns, rhymes, verses and chorus, musical phrases, and setting lyrics to music.

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