What is the course about?
Develop your songwriting skills through active listening, discussion, musical demonstration and practical exercises. It is suitable for singers and instrumentalists keen to build confidence and expertise in writing songs and setting lyrics to music.
What will we cover?
Chord sequences and harmonic analysis
Effective key changes
Rhythm and tempo
Texture and mood
Tricks of the trade.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Enjoy a deeper understanding of the technical process
Create solid, effective chord sequences
Demonstrate an understanding of song form and structural devices
Demonstrate an increased understanding of accompaniment techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have a decent grasp of music theory including triads and 7th chords. Guitar and piano players especially welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Musical demonstration and analysis by the tutor, discussion and practical musical tasks. Students may be set to work in pairs and/or small groups. Assignments will be set after each session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music materials, and resources will be supplied. You will need a notebook and pencil. Bring your own acoustic instrument at the tutor's request. You may record parts of the class if you wish.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This is an associate study to our instrumental and musicianship courses. "Writing song tunes" is a good partner study to this course.
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