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This course will look at various great songwriters and their methods and explore some fundamentals of songwriting by covering the following areas:

  • Song analysis (listening to classic songs and analysing how they work and how the song is structured). Focusing on: chord structures, melodic ideas and touching lyrical content.
  • Setting lyrics to music and music to lyrics.
  • Writing music based on an existing drum beat.
  • Analysing characteristics of genres.
  • Discussing song structures: intros, hooks, verses, choruses, pre-choruses etc.
  • Basic chord theory and application of certain chords depending on song structure.

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 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