Coaching is a song evaluation service which provides you with specific written
feedback on your songs or lyrics from any of our award-winning coaching staff.
Platinum members receive a substantial discount on the Coaching and Song Evaluation Service. All monies from Coaching go to the coach to pay for his or her time. Any of the FDBK (Feedback and Mentoring) courses offers an additional way to receive feedback on your songs and are included with you Platinum member tuition at no additional cost.
No. You do not need a professional demo for song evaluations. In fact, it's better to have your song evaluated by a coach prior to investing a bunch of money in a demo. Just a simple work tape in MP3 format will be fine as long as the melody is audible.
No. All songs submitted need to be in mp3 format which is the standard format for pitching songs via the Internet. See the DIY course “GEN 110 Preparing Your Audio for SongU.com.” It can be found in your active course area.
Yes. Almost all coaches accept lyric only songs. Just check the coach bios when choosing your coach in case it is a coach who does not work with lyric only submissions.
On average, coaches will turn around the evaluation in 2-10 days. Current turnaround times are listed in the coach bios. Occasional delays occur due to vacation, studio projects, and concert touring. If you have not received your evaluation within a week after the coaches stated turnaround time (which may be up to 21 days), please submit a support request you’re your coach’s number and your song title so we can follow-up.
Our coaches focus on objective craft elements and try to guide the feedback in that direction. However
there is inevitably some subjectivity to this
process as well. Professional songwriters face this
dilemma every day when they play songs for publishers, songpluggers, A&R,
producers and such. One plugger loves your song, while another thinks the bridge isn't strong enough. If you get two
very different opinions, you might want to bring your song to either another coach, or to a FDBK session
to see if you can get a consensus from you instructor and peers.
As you grow as a writer, you learn to trust your instincts more and go with the opinions that make
the most sense to you. Ultimately, it's about what makes you the happiest with your song.