Introduction to Songwriting

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Key information:

Course dates:
Friday 22–Sunday 24 July 2022
Course times:
10.30am–4.30pm daily, BST (UTC+1)
Age:
16+
Art form:
Music
Fees:
£315
Deadline:
9am, Friday 8 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Summer

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available
  • In the event of government restrictions, the course will move online and be delivered via Zoom.

Ages 16+

Course Dates & Times

Friday 22–Sunday 24 July 2022
10.30am–4.30pm daily, BST (UTC+1)

About Introduction to Songwriting

This three-day in-person course will teach you the skills needed to write your own songs and develop your own voice. You will explore a broad range of contemporary songwriting techniques and look at different songwriting components including melody, harmony, structure, lyrics, rhythm and instrumentation. 

There will be the chance to develop writing partnerships, giving you the ability to collaborate effectively, as well as learn more in-depth skills in harmonic theory, musical structure and pacing, as well as lyrical and poetic devices.

Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 16 or over, with an interest in songwriting. Whilst the course is suitable for beginners and is an introduction to songwriting, we recommend that participants are able to play an instrument or sing to a reasonable level and/or have a basic understanding of music theory. Please do get in touch with us if you would like any advice on whether this course might be suitable for you.

What can I expect?

You can expect to look in detail at all the musical and lyrical elements that make up a song, before working individually and in groups on a number of creative briefs, designed to strengthen and practise your songwriting skills. At the end of the course, there will be an informal showcase to celebrate, consolidate and reflect on your work.

During this course you will:

  • Analyse and interpret the music and lyrics of songs to help develop critical listening and technical vocabulary;
  • Develop your musical and lyrical techniques of songwriting across a range of styles and genres;
  • Explore how to establish a distinctive music identity or personal creative ‘voice’;
  • Create a friendly songwriting community and share songs with each other for feedback.
Do I need anything for the course?
  • your instrument (pianos/keyboards can be provided)
  • a device capable of recording audio such as a phone with a 'voice notes' app

Course Fee

£315
This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available
  • In the event of government restrictions, the course will move online and be delivered via Zoom.

Eligibility

About the Course Tutor

The course is led by Dr Toby Young, a songwriter, producer, researcher, and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Guildhall School.

As a songwriter he has collaborated and written for numerous artists including Chase & Status (Brand New Machine), Duran Duran, the Rolling Stones, Jacob Banks, Snow Ghosts, MOKO, Raleigh Ritchie and The Other Tribe. He written string, choral and orchestral arrangements for Ellie Goulding, The King's Singers, Tame Impala, songwriter Ilayaraja and the London Symphony Orchestra.

As a producer he has worked with artists including Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Karl Jenkins, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful - The Carol King Musical), Sarah-Jane Morris and the English National Opera.

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