Songwriting 1 Conservatorium Open Academy

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Songwriting 1

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Songwriting 1 & Songwriting Workshop are taught by Keppie Coutts, who has over 7 years’ experience teaching online through award-winning Berklee Online. Keppie has additionally pioneered remote live delivery of songwriting courses in higher education through Collarts in Melbourne, and is thrilled to offer both Songwriting courses live and online.

Songwriting 1 methodically introduces tools, techniques, and strategies for writing and understanding the mechanics of great lyrics, melodies, chords, and song forms. Each class is workshop style, and in each 2-hour class, students generate material for their songs, listen closely to great songwriters, develop the vocabulary to analyse songwriting techniques through close listening to great songs and songwriters, and receive a weekly project to hone the particular tools of the week. In-class learning is supported by the provision of additional reading and resources for students to access at their own pace.

Entry level: open to anyone 16 years or over who has a confident grasp of their instrument. The ability to recognise and play chords is essential.


Keppie is fantastic, full of great information and just a lovely human too. I learnt so much from this course.

Keppie was really really supportive of all the participantsand we all I saw great progress over the course of our 8 weeks

Keppie did a great job of keeping it focused and productive in very short sessions.

Keppie Coutts is a wonderful teacher, has such a calm and knowledgeable approach, Its been a pleasure coming to her lectures

The course was great and the content very helpful and incisive. Really had no idea how complex this area is yet there is method to improving your song writing

Keppie is such a supportive and constructive teacher. Her feedback was helpful in making me more aware of what else could be improved when writing a song. Additionally, I like how she allows us to showcase our songs in class - it's good to hear what your peers say and is a good confidence booster to try and be better

Having done a high-ranking MBA with a very high standard of lecturers, I feel confident in saying Keppie is the equal to the very best of those in her subject area. Astoundingly comprehensive breadth and depth of knowledge in every possible area of songwriting, yet generous, humble, and patient with students of every level. A rare teaching talent.

_I was a bit worried about doing this course online but it was actually fantastic. Keppie was an a pro at engaging us online, driven by her passion, energy and expertise. She created a great learning environment that was interactive and invited collaboration and feedback amongst peers. Would 100% recommend, I learned so much. *(REGARDING ONLINE LEARNING)*_

The class runs very smoothly, no problems or complaints. (REGARDING ONLINE LEARNING)