Music Making and Song Writing

Ref: C2227149

Most popular music has a 'magic' formula. We will listen to a whole range of songs, find out what they have in common and then using our discoveries have a go at writing some of our own songs. Using our voices, instruments, percussion and anything else that comes to hand you can join in music and word based creative exercises that might just sew the seed of a new song or poem we can develop together as a group.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed Service users of Headway

Course aim

Come and explore the world of songs and music. We will look at how a song is constructed, listen to some 'classic' songs and then explore writing our own using voices, instruments and percussion available.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Know the basic structure of songs
  • Generate music ideas through creative exercise
  • Generate lyric ideas through creative exercise
  • Contribute to group discussion about song writers and songs
  • Experiment with new instruments and develop on skills learned in the previous course

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Music Making and Song Writing

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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