Many aspiring writers amass lots of unfinished song ideas, scribbled in notebooks and on the back of envelopes! This course aims to help you move beyond this and produce completed works. It will provide guidance on how you can develop your creativity, structure your writing sessions, consider genre and produce songs you are proud to share with others, whether those are music publishers, other musicians or just your family and friends.

We teach Songwriting as a craft, not just as a series of tricks and tips, and we do this through understanding song structure, lyrical content and melody writing; the building blocks to songwriting. This course will undoubtedly broaden your musical horizons and will draw a much wider world into your songwriting palette. It is a highly practical course and you will be assigned tasks to complete in each module.

This course includes weekly video feedback
+121 lesson time 

The course authors are experienced ICMP tutors and industry professionals Sophie Daniels, Tim ElsenburgJonathan Whiskerd and Megan O'Neill. They are recognized professional songwriters who have taught hundreds of aspiring and professional songwriters.  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).

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: 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

Next 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 and keep all your course materials
  • 6 week course
  • Next start date: Tuesday 10th August 2021
Course Author

Songwriting: The Basics was authored by successful songwriters and songwriting teachers Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenburg and Jonathan Whiskerd. Together they have written for, 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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