What is the course about?
Ideal for songwriters and instrumentalists who find creating a melody easy and writing lyrics difficult. Enjoy collaborating with class members who can help play along with you, or sing your ideas. We'll work towards recording your song(s) at the end of the course.
What will we cover?
- Generating original ideas and imagery from your everyday experiences
- Structure and form of a melody
- Basic and advanced techniques in the use of lyrics and metre, rhythm, scanning and emphasis
- Themes, subjects and perspective
- Listening to and analysing the work of singer-songwriters, bands and lyric writers in a number of genres (pop, jazz, rock, folk) from the 1930’s to the current day.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create original lyrics that relate to you and your experiences
- Create a melodic line on which your lyrics will flow
- Structure and edit your ideas effectively
- Find your own lyric writing style
- Listen to and analyse song samples
- Have finished a song of your own.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for songwriters and singer-songwriters. Some knowledge of basic music theory - harmony, rhythm and scales - is helpful.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The emphasis is on practical work in class. You will be asked to complete homework to demonstrate to your class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook, pencil, device to record in class, a guitar if you play one.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in Songwriting:what make a good tune (MG988) and Songwriting: form and function (MG893).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details