When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor TBC MCA HPL - Grade H
  • Course Code K23MCAB15C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Want to try your hand at writing a hit? Do you have an idea for a song but not sure how to progress with it? In these workshops and seminars you will learn techniques for removing creative blockages and obstacles, gain confidence, improve your songwriting lyrically and musically, share your works-in-progress in a friendly, supportive and nurturing environment, give and receive critical feedback and suggestions, and build a body of work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Write new songs from various and interesting starting points
  • Find inspiration for new material in everyday life
  • Write better lyrics
  • Critically analyse songs
  • More confidently share works-in-progress
  • Take and give criticism and use it to improve
  • Curate a shortlist of your best work


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Talks, listening assignments, note taking, practical workshops, group vocal warm-ups, in-class performances, class discussion, peer reviews, group work, pair work, project work.

    Entry requirements

    You will have a strong interest in songwriting and a desire to improve. You do NOT need to be a strong singer or instrumentalist, but a rudimentary ability to create either live or recorded/programmed music via instrument or DAW is essential. Lyricist non-musicians and musician non-lyricists are welcome.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You may be required to ‘perform’ your work-in-progress songs during class. However, there is a big difference between performance-level vocals and merely using one’s voice to communicate song ideas. This course requires the latter. You will not be judged on your voice or instrumental skill, and this course provides an excellent opportunity to improve one’s confidence in this regard.

    What you need

    Pen and paper, instrument (or laptop/tablet for those using a DAW).

    What you can do next

    Next term’s songwriting course, Recording & Music Production, and Various instrumental and vocal courses related to your instrument. Enrol in the ‘Songwriting Masterclass’.