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Songwriting is an invaluable craft that sits at the center of the music industry. In this eight-hour weekend clinic you'll connect with other writers, break down the craft behind songwriting and learn techniques and skills aimed at developing your abilities as a writer. Together with your songwriting tutor, you'll analyse popular songs while experimenting with a host of creative songwriting techniques. 

Course Timetable

10am - 10:30am: Induction to the SAE Liverpool campus 

10:30am -12pm: The foundations of song structure

12pm - 1pm: Songwriting practical workshop

1pm - 2pm: Lunch break

2pm - 3:30pm: The lyric toolbox and how to use it

3:30pm - 4:30pm: The architecture of music: using your materials.

4:30pm - 6pm: Songwriting and Music Production collaborative workshop


Course Features

writing.pngWriting activities Take part in creative writing and composition activities during the day so you can develop future material right there in the classroom.


Creative collaboration Network and create with your fellow Songwriting peers, plus other Ableton music production students at the end-of-clinic collaborative workshop.

Face to Face learning.png Face to face learning Study in person in small class sizes using industry-standard facilities at SAE Liverpool

Course Handouts.pngCourse handouts Download slides and task sheets to help expand your understanding of songwriting, so you can continue learning after the clinic has concluded.


Get hands-on with Your Songs

At ICMP, we understand that the most important part of songwriting is practising the creative process with your own material. In this weekend clinic, you'll be encouraged to perform your songs in front of the class, receiving practical feedback from your tutor and peers and taking your craft to the next level.


Course information:

  • Date: Coming soon
  • Price: £79
  • Length: 1 day
  • Time: 10am - 6pm
  • Location: SAE Institute, 38 Pall Mall, Liverpool, L3 6AL


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“I really enjoyed the songwriting course, really informative. And the environment was heartwarming too, with nice people all around from both the staff and students.”


SongwRiting Clinic Tutor: Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, spanning live performance, studio production, film, television, theatre and music publishing.

Aside from his live performance and recording work, Nick has always enjoyed teaching - both one to one and in a group dynamic. He values sharing his music theory with others and developing his music theory and developing his music philosophy of the craft.

When not gracing the stage or at the studio, Nick is a freelance music tutor, career mentor and industry consultant.


Is this course for me?

The Songwriting Weekend Clinic is a great course to teach you the foundations songwriting. As learning the craft of songwriting is an ongoing journey, you can successfully engage with this course as a beginner with no previous musical experience, or as a songwriter with experience keen to explore fresh approaches to your writing technique. This course is perfect for you if:

  • You've always wanted to learn how to become a writer/poet/songwriter
  • You can sing and play an instrument
  • You want to meet other creative musicians
  • You've never written a song before but want to give it a try
  • You're looking for a skillset that's a form of self-expression
  • You're a songwriter who feels a little stuck at the moment



Key facts

  • Available in Liverpool
  • 1 day clinic
  • Date: Coming soon
  • Suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced songwriters
  • £79.00
  • Location: SAE Institute Liverpool, 38 Pall Mall, L3 6AL



Songwriting Weekend Clinic

Ability Level: Beginner

No previous experience is required to enrol on this workshop, however a passion for songwriting is essential! We'll show you the skills you need to build a strong foundation in the craft of songwriting.


If you need help, or further advice, at any time during the application process just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you. 

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020 7328 0222

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