Content is based on two of our most popular online songwriting courses – ‘Songwriting: The Basics’ and ‘Songwriting: The Creative Process’ – and will see you discover the craft of creative songwriting in your own time, at your own pace.

Designed to be a solid introduction to the basics of songwriting, this course differs from our traditional online courses in that all learning is entirely self-directed. There’s no tutor, schedule, assignments, class interaction or feedback, and the onus is on you to digest the course content at your own pace. Essentially, it allows you to access the knowledge and expertise of ICMP’s highly experienced songwriting tutors, in written and recorded lesson format, at the great-value price of £69.99

You’ll have full access to the entire unlocked course material from day one – 12 weeks’ worth of content in total – including custom videos, comprehensive readings and suggested songwriting tasks to absorb and perform in your own time. This allows for highly flexible learning, as you can choose the order of your modules based on your interests and areas of expertise. There’s also no specific course start date, meaning you can begin your learning at a time that suits you, all within 48 hours of your online course purchase.*

During your studies, you’ll explore your creative songwriting potential, learning how to structure your writing sessions and produce songs you’re proud to perform and share with others. You’ll generate a host of new song ideas, learning how to broaden your imagination and cultural engagement through skills like co-writing, redrafting and lyric finessing.

If you successfully finish all the allocated tasks, by the end of the course you’ll have developed at least two fully completed new songs. Once you purchase the course material, you retain ongoing access to it, so it can be reviewed whenever you like.

*Course access may take longer if purchased on a weekend.

What’s covered?

  • Introduction to Songwriting
  • Ethos/Approach to Songwriting
  • Building Blocks
  • Principles of Song Analysis
  • Group Learning
  • The Creative Process
  • Inspiration is for Amateurs
  • Unblocking Your Creativity
  • Generating Song Ideas
  • Developing Song Ideas
  • Creative intention
  • Creative Strategies
  • Broadening Your Creative Boundaries
  • Redrafting and Crafting Songs
  • Introduction to Co-Writing



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Course Terms & Conditions

Key facts

  • Flexible self-directed learning at your own pace
  • Structured online course content, including high-quality HD videos and support materials
  • Download all unlocked content within 48 hours of purchase
  • Flexible study order
  • 12 weeks of course content


This course suits beginner and intermediate songwriters keen to develop a solid songwriting foundation and improve their creative songwriting process. To get the most out of the course, you should be able to accompany yourself at some level, either live or through recording.


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