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Music & Sound Production

Contemporary Songwriting

Campus Milton Road Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Evening

Duration 12 - 13 weeks

Start date Multiple available

Cost £255
(see funding options)

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Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Evening Start date 21/09/21 Duration 12 Weeks Cost £255
Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Evening Start date 22/02/22 Duration 13 Weeks Cost £255

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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

Number of days per week

  • 1 evening per week for 12 weeks

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 options

  • Songwriter 
  • Portfolio artist 
  • Sound technician 
  • Composer 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
Milton Road Campus Evening 21/09/21 12 Weeks £255
Milton Road Campus Evening 22/02/22 13 Weeks £255

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