Masterclass: Alicia Keys Teaches Songwriting and Producing


With 15 Grammy Awards and more than 40 million albums sold so far, Alicia Keys is one of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Now the legendary artist invites you into her studio to share her process for creating music built from authentic emotion. Breaking down anthems like “Fallin’,” Alicia shows you how she writes lyrics, crafts melodies, and explores sonics so you can discover the music you were born to make.

Instructor(s): Alicia Keys
Class Length: 19 video lessons (3 hrs 22 min)
Category: Music
Course Materials: Class Workbook.pdf

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Lesson Plan

  1. Meet Your Instructor
    Alicia introduces herself and invites you to join her in the spaces where she pursues her artistry.
  2. Alicia’s Musical Foundation and Influences
    Learn the who, what, where, and why of Alicia’s inspiration.
  3. Start With Melody and Lyrics
    Alicia shares her methods and styles for developing lyrics.
  4. Alicia, the Songwriter
    Alicia talks about journaling, writing poetry, and drawing from your life to create.
  5. Bring All the Elements Together
    Alicia explains how “Fallin’ ” came together and the intricacies of the songwriting process.
  6. Connect to the World Around You
    Discover Alicia’s approach to using connection as a way to hone your creative voice.
  7. Songwriting With Empathy
    Alicia demonstrates how she uses empathy to create powerful music.
  8. Alicia, the Producer
    Take a look inside Alicia’s sound booth as she discusses the roles she takes on to produce her distinct sound.
  9. Vocal Arrangements
    Alicia walks you through the strength in specific vocal arrangements.
  10. Build Energy in the Booth
    Alicia opens up about how she has developed physical, mental, and emotional practices to take care of herself and her art.
  11. The Anatomy of an Anthem
    Alicia shares her thoughts on what makes a song an anthem, and talks about the theme and tone of the “sad triumph.”
  12. Alicia’s Retro-Futuristic Sound
    Alicia explains how various influences have helped her develop her incredible sound.
  13. Alchemy in the Control Room
    Learn how Alicia explores her creativity through sonics and instruments in the control room.
  14. Instruments to Boost a Big Sound
    Discover Alicia’s favorite instruments and her methods for achieving her unique musical sounds.
  15. Creative Collaboration
    Alicia talks about the importance of collaboration and the role it can play in her creative process.
  16. Sisterhood in the Music Industry
    Alicia discusses discrepancies in the music industry for women and her efforts to create space at the table for voices that are silenced.
  17. Rising Artist Spotlight: Joy Nesbitt’s “Echo”
    Alicia offers advice to a young artist from her music organization, She Is the Music.
  18. Power and Purpose
    Discover Alicia’s personal philosophy of setting boundaries and listening to your body and intuition.
  19. Always Be Learning
    Alicia shares her thoughts on living a creative life and why evolution is the only constant.

Course Content



For a decade, Dame Luthas collaborated with global United Nations Organizations on the most pressing, multi-dimensional challenges. The experience uncovered new opportunities for tomorrow; and reinvigorated a clarity of vision and passion for empowering organizational, business, and technical harmonization here in the United States. In this spirit, Mr. Luthas also created The Luthas Center for Excellence - committed to the establishment; and strengthening of collaborative global mastermind networks enabling multi-lateral network empowerment of Women and Children via the maximization of inherent gifts, talents, and abilities.

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