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Songwriting workshop ADED11396

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Intensive workgroup sessions will aim to develop skills in understanding and identifying structures in songs, and also to develop knowledge of techniques employed in songwriting. Discussions of students' songwriting will be at the centre of the course and will build upon structural analysis of well-known songs. Workshops will include peer critique and in-class writing exercises in order to develop a better understanding of how songs are composed.


Different forms of songs and different songwriting styles will be analysed and compared in order to gain a deeper understanding of song. The course will also include information and discussion about the business side of songwriting and publishing. This course is suitable for students new to this subject area.


Blocks 1, 2 and 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 19.00 - 21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Introduce students to the study of songwriting.

■ Build students' confidence in their ability to interpret set songs.

■ Enable students to improve their songwriting skills and analysis of song structures.

■ Enable students to compose a song using knowledge and techniques acquired during the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Identify compositional elements of different forms and styles of song.

Analyse and interpret essential creative elements of song composition and structure.

Build upon structural analysis of songs in relation to the development of their own songwriting skills.

Identify techniques of songwriting

Employ in their own songwriting knowledge of song structures and techniques of songwriting learned on the course.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits