SCQF Level 6
Music & Sound Production

Course Overview

On this songwriting course you’ll learn how contemporary songs are put together and what makes them successful. If you want to write songs and make a living from your music, then it's essential that you have at least a basic understanding of music theory, composition, lyric-writing and arrangement techniques. In addition to the craft of songwriting you will explore some basic commercial aspects such as copyright, how to self-release and distribute your music and how to approach labels and publishers. Practical exercises form an integral part of this course and students are expected to have a basic grasp of an instrument/voice or have some experience in music production software such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live.

What You Will Learn

Working between musical and studio settings, you will learn:

  • Songs and songwriters (analysis and deconstruction)
  • Lyric writing (from generating ideas to hooks and rhyme)
  • Hooks and riffs
  • Chord progressions, Top-line and Melody
  • Basic arranging including structure and instrumentation
  • Music theory for song writing and production
  • Finishing songs
  • Fundamental commercial and professional practices and how to grow your career
Entry Requirements
  • No formal entry requirements but an interest in music and a basic understanding of using a computer are essential
English Proficiency Requirements
  • A basic grasp of the English language is recommended
Career Opportunities
  • Songwriter 
  • Portfolio artist 
  • Sound technician 
  • Composer 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week for 12 weeks
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £255 Milton Road evening (year 1)
Student Stories

Ruairidh Saunders started Edinburgh College after having a difficult time at high school. He studies for five years and complete his College education with a first-class honours degree. Ruairidh now travels the world as a musician on cruise ships. We caught up with him to get an insight into how Edinburgh College helped him achieve his dream: 

“Studying at Edinburgh College gave me the confidence and courage to be ambitious with my musical goals and I am forever grateful to the staff for their knowledge and guidance.” 


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Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Group A - Milton Road Campus - Tuesday 21st September at 6:00 PM (2021)
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Tuesday 14/12/2021
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