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The Art Of Hit-Making: Ryan Tedder’s Proven Songwriting & Production System

Learn everything you need to write & produce hit songs. In this class, 3x Grammy-winner Ryan Tedder takes you into his studio and teaches you his complete hit-making process — the same process he’s used to write “Halo” for Beyonce, “Rumour Has It” for Adele, and countless other hits. Follow along as he writes, records, and produces 3 brand new songs from start to finish, right in front of you, explaining everything he’s doing along the way.

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (15h 20m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

Taught by

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One of the biggest hit-makers of all time. Has written songs for Beyonce, Adele, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, etc. 3x Grammy winner. 70 billion streams.
What you’ll learn
Finding Inspiration and Starting Songs
Writing Lyrics and Pop Melodies
Ryan's Full Production Process
Vocal Recording and Production
Writing Synth, Bass, Guitar, Drum Parts
EQ, Reverb, Compression, and More FX
Songwriting Math and Breaking the Rules
Arrangement, Layering, Composition
Working With Live Instruments
Structuring the Perfect Pop Song
Finding and Crafting the Best Sounds
Advanced Songwriting and Production
Songwriting Across Genres
Polishing and Finalizing Tracks

Class Overview

Become a true “100 Percenter” & Hit-Maker
Ryan Tedder is known as one of the few true “100 percenters”, a music maker that can personally do every step of the process at a high-level — write hooky melodies, write memorable lyrics, compose original music, play every instrument, produce the entire track, perform all the vocals, and mix the final track. Not only can Ryan complete every step, but he understands how to use each step to write and produce mega hits, like “Halo” for Beyonce, “Rumour Has It” for Adele, or “Sucker” for the Jonas Brothers. In this class, Ryan Tedder teaches you everything he knows about songwriting and production, helping you develop your full set of skills as a “100 percenter” and a hit-maker. During class, Ryan brings you into his studio and shares with you his entire creative process from start to finish. Follow along with Ryan as he writes, records, and produces three brand new songs completely from scratch, starting from how he finds his initial ideas, all the way through mixing, mastering, and exporting the final tracks. For the first song of class, Ryan focuses heavily on the craft of songwriting — melody, lyric, concept, and arrangement. According to Ryan “If you don't have a great underlying song, you don't have anything”, so, for this song, Ryan keeps the production minimal and stripped back. With this kind of production, the song has nothing to hide behind and must be able to stand fully stand on its own. In the process, you’ll learn how to systematically architect songs like a hit-maker. For the second song of class, Ryan dives deep into music production and shares his complete production process. This song is a thick, production-heavy pop song, with a wide range of instruments, sounds, layers, and audio effects. Ryan is especially known for his drum production (on songs like “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis, “Halo” for Beyonce, “Counting Stars” for OneRepublic, etc.), so this song features Ryan’s proven drum production process — you’ll see exactly how he tunes, pockets, layers, and processes his drum parts. For the third song of class, Ryan shares his entire, start-to-finish collaboration process on camera, as he co-writes and produces a new song with artist & producer Cautious Clay. This is a real, raw songwriting session in its entirety. You’ll learn how Ryan approaches collaboration and co-writing sessions, from the initial conversations all the way through exporting the final track, and everything in between. Along the way, Ryan explains everything that he’s doing and thinking in detail — every idea, decision, tool, and technique. There’s no where else you can get this level of intimate access to Ryan Tedder’s brain and process. By the end of the class, you’ll know everything you need to write and produce hit songs of your own. You’ll develop a complete hit-making toolkit that you can use for the rest of your creative life.

Lessons (15)

Apply what you learn

Follow Ryan Tedder’s proven hit-making process

In the class, Ryan Tedder breaks down his hit-making process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along with Ryan’s process step by step and produce your own hit songs. You can also watch Ryan Tedder’s process in full first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects. By following Ryan Tedder’s proven process, you’ll learn everything you need to produce hits like this:

Who’s this class for?

You’re a fan of Ryan Tedder and are curious to see what happens behind the scenes. You’re looking for inspiration and access to a world you normally can’t see.


You want to learn exactly how Ryan Tedder does what he does. Watch his real, start-to-finish process, including how he navigates every decision, setback, and more.


You want to know all of Ryan Tedder’s insider secrets — the exact tools and techniques he uses, his hard-won lessons, and well-guarded industry secrets.

4.96 (938 reviews)
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Jon Tynon

I felt like I was legitimately in the studio with Ryan Tedder. The step-by-step Pro Tools knowledge alone has completely changed my approach and the plugin sharing and insights have upgraded me to way beyond where I thought I'd be after this.

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Willock Wells

Getting to see Ryan take a song from beginning to end, to a finished song — that was just extremely valuable for me.

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Zee Wong

It was just amazing to see somebody as accomplished as Ryan going through the motions from start to finish.

James Earnshaw

It gave me an entirely new songwriting workflow. Watching Ryan's songwriting process and what he does and doesn't spend time on was a big learning experience.

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Adam Darling

I seriously learned a ton from Ryan. To see how he works was so inspiring, and I can’t wait to keep writing and producing with all the new knowledge and insights I’ve learned.

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Hernan Gonzalez

The way Ryan displays his work flow is beyond enlightening. Finally started finishing songs after years of being stuck in a loop, literally.

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Tyler Bolda

This tutorial has helped me so much! I still come back to these lessons to learn more. This class has allowed me creative freedom in my career and my expression.

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Zach Stone

To get to learn production from Ryan was invaluable! I'm going to go back through these lessons a hundred more times.

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Bennie Rosas

It's very valuable to watch Ryan work in real time, in a realistic and relatable way. He has lots of good advice and his workflow feels relatable and human.

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Jeremiah T

To learn from one of my musical icons was an amazing experience, so Ryan, thanks for doing this and giving us a chance to grow as artists.

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Brandon Michals

I haven’t felt this inspired creatively in a long time.

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Tony Ricci

Ryan gave a glimpse into serious pro songwriting practices. He was so open with his knowledge!

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Omri Anghel

I know it might sound exaggerated but believe me when I say this has been life-changing for me in so many ways. Ryan's approach gave me confidence and drive like crazy.

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Scott Neave

I don't care where you are in the spectrum of beginner to advanced, everybody can get something out of this.

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Marg van Eenbergen

Ryan Tedder really showing how he does things gave me a lot of new ideas and confidence.

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David Berger

I have enjoyed this and learned a lot in a very short amount of time. Lots more to learn, but I have music creation back in my life and it feels awesome!

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Daniel Herr

I would do this again in a heartbeat.

Peter Davidson

I thought it was really nice to see Ryan's process. I was able to get a glimpse into how his brain works.

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Becky Lorella

I learned more with this than I have in the last year.

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Holland Greco

I learned a lot & do feel more empowered as a writer. A lot of good plugins were recommended, too. Thank you Ryan!

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Asia Ward

I feel more confident than I've ever felt in making music after this.

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meet your instructor
Ryan Tedder

The 3x recipient of the Grammy Award for “Album of the Year”, Ryan Tedder is one of the biggest hit-makers of all time. He’s written hits like “Halo” and “XO” for Beyonce, “Rumour Has It” for Adele, “Sucker” for the Jonas Brothers, “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis, “Happier” for Ed Sheeran, as well as countless others for artists like Taylor Swift, Cardi B, U2, Paul McCartney, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Maroon 5, John Legend, Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Camila Cabello, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Katy Perry, Blackpink, Logic, and many more. Songs he’s written have been streamed over 70 billion times. Ryan is also the frontman for OneRepublic — the band has hits like “Apologize”, “Counting Stars”, “I Ain’t Worried”, “Good Life”, “Love Runs Out”, and “Secrets”, amongst many others. Ryan has coached dozens of songwriters as a coach on NBC’s Songland and thousands of students who have taken his Studio class.

A better kind of online class
Apprenticeship-Style Learning ™
In Studio Classes, creators take you into their studios and teach you everything they actually do behind the scenes. Learn by observing the real process like an apprentice.
The Start-To-Finish Process
Instead of watching surface level tutorials, watch the entire start-to-finish process of a creator to uncover every idea, decision, tool, and technique used throughout their journey.
Vulnerable & Open
At Studio, creators step into the vulnerable arena and share everything. Every idea, setback, and triumph is included. Creators openly share the full process, not just the final output.
Learn Insider Secrets
On Studio, accessing the world’s guarded knowledge has never been easier. Creators share their secrets, tips and tricks that are impossible to find elsewhere.
Watch On All Devices
Whether you’re at home or on the go, you’ll always have access to all your class lessons across all of your devices including mobile and tablets.
Unlimited Lifetime Access
On Studio, you get unlimited lifetime access to every class you purchase. Pay once and use your class lessons as valuable references forever.

Frequently asked questions


What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (15h 20m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

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