How to Write Your First Song
Get an introduction to the mechanics of songwriting and learn how to write a song of your own with our established songwriters.
Who is the course for?
Whether you’re a complete novice who has never written a song in their life, a budding amateur looking to develop further skills or an accomplished professional brushing up on the basics, this course will deliver comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge to help set you on your path.
While it will be useful to have access to a musical instrument this is not a requirement, you can participate in the course just using your voice or with freely available music software.
What topics will you cover?
Setting words to music
Time and pitch
Working with melody
Chords and chord progressions
Arranging your song
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Set words to rhythm using the concepts of metre and scansion.
Identify the ingredients of an effective melody.
Describe the different chord types and progressions used in popular songs.
Explain the most commonly used song forms and structures.
Explore how songs can develop when different lines and instruments are added to the accompaniment.
Combine these fundamental musical elements to come up with a song of your own.