Songwriting: form and function

Course Dates: 21/09/19 - 19/10/19
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
David Harrison

Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. Examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.


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.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].

What will we cover?

Song structure
Chord sequences and harmonic analysis
Effective key changes
Rhythm and tempo
Accompaniment techniques
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.You may record parts of the class if you wish.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Songwriting: what makes a good tune.

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Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: MG893

Sat, day, 21 Sep - 19 Oct '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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