Songwriting Diploma Course

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Songwriting Diploma Course

Creativity, self-expression, making an impact on the world with your artistry. Being a songwriter or a singer-songwriter is a dream career. But how do you get there? What do you need to get started? How is a song put together? How do you record your music? How do you promote and make money from music?

This course is your introduction to songwriting – guiding you through the skills and concepts you need to understand to get the songs out of your head, onto paper and into everyone’s ears and souls.

The course begins by laying out the basics. We’ll explore the role of a songwriter, the components that make a song, and what you’ll need to get started.

You’ll take a look at the various genres of music, consider which is the best fit for you, how to construct music, and how to harness the power of technology to create your own demos with a recording setup that’s within your budget.

The course dedicates a module for each component of a song – melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics. You’ll learn techniques for creating a catchy and memorable vocal melody, choosing chords that sound great together, working with loops and creating your own drum rhythms, and generating lyrical ideas that reflect your artistic identity.

While copyright may not seem the most exciting topic for a creative, it is essential to understand the basics, both to protect your work and to comply with copyright laws yourself. The course explains the laws that are relevant to you, in an easy-to-understand format.

To maintain a job in music, you need to make money. We’ll look at the various ways of doing so – live performance, online sales, licensing, selling beats and loops and applying for funding from national and regional arts organisations, along with submissions to music publishers and record companies. We’ll also look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of collaborating with others – covering agreements, money and how to communicate effectively.

Going hand-in-hand with any service provided or product sold is promotion. We’ll explore various online and offline methods for promoting your music. Building a website, utilising social media, and email marketing. Creating gig posters and flyers, getting featured in local newspapers and on radio, and entering songwriting competitions. 

The course concludes with methods to continue your development as a songwriter once you’ve completed the course.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of what a songwriter does
  • Understand the components of a song and how to bring them together
  • Learn about song structure
  • Have the knowledge to be able to create your own songs
  • Be familiar with the equipment required to record music
  • Learn how to promote and make money from your music

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is a Songwriter?
  • Part 2: What Comes First—The Words or the Music?
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Finding Your Genre
  • Part 2: Introduction to Genres
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Mathematics of Music
  • Part 2: Song Structure
  • Part 3: Arranging and Instrumentation
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Recording Your Songs
  • Part 2: Equipment
  • Part 3: Working with MIDI
  • Part 4: Working with Audio
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Melody?
  • Part 2: Techniques to Create a Melody
  • Part 3: Melody Notation
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Harmony?
  • Part 2: Chords and Their Symbols
  • Part 3: Chord Analysis of Hit Songs
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Rhythm?
  • Part 2: Creating Your Own Rhythms
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Overview
  • Part 2: Rhythm and Rhyme
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Copyright?
  • Part 2: Plagiarising, Sampling and Homage
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Collaboration
  • Part 2: Working with Musicians
  • Part 3: Working with Other Music Professionals
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Getting Your Music Out There
  • Part 2: Submitting to Publishers and Record Companies
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Part 1: Defining Your Goals
  • Part 2: Websites and Social Media
  • Part 3: Other Ways to Market Yourself
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 12 Assessment
  • Part 1: Listening and Writing
  • Part 2: Informal and Formal Creative Development
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 13 Assessment
  • Conclusion
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you want to become a songwriter but don’t know where to start or have some of the basics down but gaps in your knowledge are standing in the way of success, this is the course for you.

You’ll explore a wealth of new skills, concepts and techniques for creating your own songs, promoting them, making money from music and collaborating with other musicians and songwriters.

Songwriter playing guitar with a pencil in their hand
Accreditations

The Songwriting Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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