Songwriting: The Basics
Learn how to be a better songwriter
About Songwriting: The Basics
Level: Beginner and Above
What if you could start and complete a new song you were really proud of in six weeks or less?
Are you curious about writing your own songs but aren’t sure where to start? Do you have a draw of half-finished songs that you need to complete and share with the world? Songwriting – The Basics finally teaches you the songwriting skills you need AND gives you the personalized feedback you want.
Songwriting: The Basics will take you from being stuck in a rut to writing with real confidence. How do we do this? With personalized feedback from an experienced ICMP songwriting teacher.
Songwriting – The Basics (a.k.a. how to write songs you are proud of), developed by Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenburg, Jonathan Whiskered and ICMP ONLINE finally teaches you the songwriting skills you need AND gives you the personalized feedback you want.
Once you have completed this step-by-step, interactive course, you too will know how to come up with new song ideas. You’ll also learn how to structure your writing sessions and produce songs you are proud to share with others whether those are music publishers, other musicians or just your friends.
You’ll no longer feel unfulfilled, frustrated and blocked with just a bunch of song ideas scribbled in notebooks. Songwriting will be part of your thing, because you’ll know how to create and structure songs like the pros.
Imagine what it would feel like to have the confidence to write a song from scratch and then hear it performed live in front of an audience. To be secure in the knowledge that you can translate all those ideas in your head into songs that people want to hear (and possibly pay for).
But how do you actually do it?
How do you take an idea and REALLY craft it into the kind of song you’d hear a Grammy-award winning artist perform onstage or as the soundtrack to a hit movie.
That’s exactly what you’re about to learn on this Experience course.
Song structure, lyric and melody writing are building blocks to learn any songwriting style.
It sounds cliché, but it’s true. That’s why “songwriting tricks” alone just aren’t enough.
Songwriters who are serious about learning the art and craft of songwriting must know the language, history, structures, and technique for different songwriting styles if they want to express their musical ideas, and more times than not it means understanding the fundamentals.
This comprehensive course is a partnership with leaders in teaching songwriting. The course authors are Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenburg and Jonathan Whiskerd, renown songwriting teachers and recognized professional writers who have taught hundreds of aspiring and professional songwriters at the ICMP campus in London. In addition to this you’ll have access to your own ICMP ONLINE songwriting teacher.
ICMP has been one of the world’s leading providers of contemporary music education for the past 30 years with over 1,000 part-time, degree and masters students studying at its London campus each year. Find out more about ICMP here.
Module 1: Introduction to Songwriting
- Lesson 1: Ethos/approach to songwriting
- Lesson 2: What we’ll cover
- Lesson 3: Building blocks
- Lesson 4: Principles of song analysis
- Lesson 5: Group learning
Module 2: The Creative Process
- Lesson 1: Inspiration is for amateurs
- Lesson 2: Unblocking your creativity
- Lesson 3: Generating song ideas
- Lesson 4: Developing song ideas
- Lesson 5: Creative intention
- Lesson 1: What is song structure
- Lesson 2: Approach
- Lesson 3: Shapes
- Lesson 4: How to begin
- Lesson 5: Song structures
Module 4: Lyric Writing
- Lesson 1: What are lyrics for?
- Lesson 2: Types of lyric
- Lesson 3: Rhyme and Meter
- Lesson 4: Figurative language
- Lesson 5: Lyrical structure
Module 5: Harmony and Melody
- Lesson 1: Role of harmony
- Lesson 2: Role of melody
- Lesson 3: Harmonic construction
- Lesson 4: Melody writing
- Lesson 5: Congruence
Module 6: Content Styles and Genre
- Lesson 1: Language
- Lesson 2: Folk
- Lesson 3: Pop
- Lesson 4: Soul
- Lesson 5: Country
CAPTURING SONG IDEAS
In this video Sophie Daniels talks about how to learn songwriting and how to capture your song ideas as they come into your head
GIVING AND RECEIVING SONGWRITER FEEDBACK
In this video Sophie continues with the subject of how to give and receive feedback in songwriting as well as a little more about the course.
WRITING A SONG YOU ARE PROUD OF
How to write songs you can be proud of? In this video Sophie talks about writing songs that meet your own expectations as a songwriter.
Personalised 1-on-1 online instruction
1st October 2016 Enroll Now
- Private personalized 1-on-1 video lessons with an ICMP teacher.
- Personalized lesson plan
- 6 Week online course including HD videos and support materials
- Live online group workshops with your fellow students
- Student discussion forum
- Download all course materials
- Completion certificate
Songwriting: The Basics was authored by successful songwriters and songwriting teachers Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenburg and Jonathan Whiskerd. Together they have written for or or worked with Simon Cowell, Jamie Cullum, Westlife, Kelly Clarkson, Il Divo, Barbra Streisand, Joshua Blair (Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars), Paul Stanborough (Guy Chambers, Cathy Dennis), Bruce Hughes (Jason Mraz) and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen).
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