The act of creativity is often shrouded in mystery and myth; this course helps you understand the process and, critically, understand how you can harness, manage and encourage your creative ability. Learn how to consistently generate new songs ideas, then edit and develop them into completed works. You'll no longer feel unfulfilled, frustrated and blocked!

All serious songwriters understand their own creative process, and how they can manage this to produce more content, more consistently, and at a higher standard. It is a highly practical course and you will be assigned tasks to complete in each module. The course authors are ICMP tutors and industry professionals Sophie Daniels, Tim ElsenburgJonathan Whiskerd and Megan O'Neill. They are recognized professional writers as well as educators who have taught hundreds of aspiring and professional songwriters. ICMP was one of the first institutions in the world to offer a dedicated Bachelors’ Degree in Songwriting, and this is the team that developed that course.

This course includes weekly video feedback
+121 lesson time 

On this course you will be guided through the material by an ICMP songwriting expert in weekly video lessons; on top of this expect weekly private video feedback and 121 lesson time during your course. And of course, whilst the course is six weeks in duration, you retain access to the content so can review whenever you need!



What’s covered?

Module 1: Creative Strategies

In this module you will develop an understanding of creativity, and learn how to prepare yourself for the creative process and use your imagination effectively

Module 2: Generating Song Ideas

This module covers how to collect, organize and manage your song ideas; trying out new methods to generate material; and zeroing in on your creative intention

Module 3: Broadening Your Creative Boundaries

In this module you will widen the scope of your creativity; further your cultural engagement; and understand creativity is a remix

Module 4: Developing Song Ideas

This module covers practical techniques for development; congruence; research; and the creative block

Module 5: Redrafting and Crafting Songs

Here you will start with draft 1; learn about sharing an unfinished song, adapting structure and further crafting the lyric; and how to understand if your song is finished

Module 6: Introduction to Co-Writing

This module covers different approaches to co-writing; the advantages and pitfalls to collaboration; and provides advice on co-writing relationships

Course start dates:

  • Tuesday 10th August 2021


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Could you be eligible for a free place on this course?

We're offering a bursary for up to 60 students on a range of our short music courses for those who have no previous experience of Higher Education.


Key facts

  • Weekly private video feedback with an ICMP songwriting expert
  • 121 lesson time to be used during your course
  • Structured 6 week online course including high quality HD videos and support materials
  • Student discussion forum
  • Download all course materials
  • 6 week course
  • Next start date: Tuesday 10th August 2021
Course Authors

Songwriting: Creative Process 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).


To make the most of this course, you should be actively seeking to create and complete songs, be able to accompany yourself to some level, either live or through recording, and be comfortable in sharing your work with other writers.


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