Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
"I count myself lucky and proud to have studied with Mr. Pattison.
I would not be the writer I am today without his teaching and his
unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm,
- 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch
"Pat Pattison does the impossible. He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it."
- David Wilcox
"I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison... I learned a lot in that class...and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it's great."
-7-time Grammy winner John Mayer
"Last year, I read a book called "Writing Better Lyrics" by Pat Pattison that completely reshaped the way I look at songwriting. Just as an athlete prepares for a game with a proper warm-up, I've learned to start my day with writing. I picked up a black Moleskine notebook and began writing freely without worrying about meter or rhyme scheme as a way to reflect on my thoughts or my day. Not only has this practice allowed me to get the creative juices flowing each morning, but I now have a notebook full of memories to look back on..."
- Madison Kozak
"It's a great book for new songwriters, to whom some of this advice will be revolutionary, and it's great for experienced writers who want to understand songwriting on a theoretical level."
-Liam Duncan, musicindustryhowto.com