Song lyric writing for popular music
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG844
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your every day experiences. Learn about structure, creating a hook, imagery, scanning & rhythm. In class you will edit and refine your work, listen to and analyse songs in a variety of modern genres, and discuss and show your work with constructive feedback.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Generating original ideas and imagery from your everyday experiences
- Structure and form
- Themes, subjects and perspective
- Creating a hook
- Rhyming schemes
- 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 chorus hook
- Structure and edit your ideas effectively
- Find your own lyric writing style
- Listen to and analyse songs in a variety of styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for beginners, songwriters, and singer-songwriters.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions, and engage in class discussions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The emphasis is on practical work in this online class. You will be asked to complete homework tasks to present your work in the sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Nothing is required of you. Some of you may want to use your pianos or guitars on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
"Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody" or Song writing workshop.
Polly is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, musical director and conductor who has been an adult education tutor since 2009. She enjoys the challenge and exchange of ideas and energy that adult education provides-both as a tutor and as a student. Polly's work also includes live performances and session work in many genres and venues in London and the South East, e.g. playing cello with Clerkenwell String Quartet, piano for Associated Board exams, singing at weddings and parties, and playing in orchestras and ensembles. As a cellist she has appeared on BBC TV's Top of the Pop and on a number of albums. She has also played in lots of pop bands and, after attending a City Lit jazz piano course, she started playing jazz and blues piano too. Polly composes music for radio, for theatre productions and library music for BBC Radio 3, 4 and the World Service and for television around the world. Her study to PhD level at Goldsmiths College opened up the world of Dada and John Cage and conceptual and performance art. Consequently she has sung Dada masterpieces such as "Ursonata" as well as her own compositions at contemporary music festivals such as The Brighton Festival.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.