When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Joy Ellis
  • Course Code W22JPME06C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This short series seeks to explore the lives of some of the greatest songwriters and storytellers of the twentieth century. The course will trace each artist’s life, exploring the history surrounding their period of activity. Each session will examine each individual’s creative process in an effort to understand how they paired their music and lyrics to create fascinating and memorable tunes.This Summer will focus on several famous Popstars. Each session will consider a different songwriter; Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Prince and Björk.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define key features in the music of each studied songwriter that facilitated their songwriting process
  • Identify significant events in the lives of each songwriter that influenced their music
  • Describe specific features of the relationship between each songwriter's music and lyrics
  • Analyse how each songwriter's body of work influenced their immediate communities as well as the wider world


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Listening and discussing the music, lyrics and life of each songwriter. Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

    Entry requirements

    Enthusiasm and an interest in music

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is an online course so a good internet connection and access to Zoom is essential

    What you need

    Headphones are recommended as we will be listening to various musical excerpts as part of the class