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You should take courses in music that involve singing, playing
instruments, and studying the history of music. Theater and speech
classes will help you to understand the nature of performing, and
involve you in writing dramatic pieces. You should study poetry in
an English class, and try your hand at composing poetry in
different forms. Language skills can also be honed in
foreign-language classes and by working on student literary
magazines. An understanding of how people act and think can
influence you as a lyricist, so take courses in psychology and
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