What is the course about?
Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your every day experiences. Learn about structure, creating a hook, imagery, scanning & rhythm. In class you will edit and refine your work, listen to and analyse songs in a variety of modern genres, and discuss and show your work with constructive feedback.
What will we cover?
- Generating original ideas and imagery from your everyday experiences
- Structure and form
- Themes, subjects and perspective
- Creating a hook
- Rhyming schemes
- Listening to and analysing the work of singer-songwriters, bands and lyric writers in a number of genres (pop, jazz, rock, folk) from the 1930’s to the current day.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create original lyrics that relate to you and your experiences
- Create a chorus hook
- Structure and edit your ideas effectively
- Find your own lyric writing style
- Listen to and analyse songs in a variety of styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for beginners, songwriters, and singer-songwriters.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The emphasis is on practical work in class. You will be asked to complete homework to show in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook, pen, USB memory stick.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details