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.
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
- 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
- Portfolio artist
- Sound technician
- 1 evening per week for 12 weeks
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £255 Milton Road evening (year 1)
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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This course will start on…
- Group A - Milton Road Campus - Tuesday 21st September at 6:00 PM (2021)
This course will end on...