Jan 25th 2016

How to Write Your First Song (FutureLearn)

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Get a practical introduction to the mechanics of songwriting and meet established songwriters with this free online course.

Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how? This free online course will give you the practical and theoretical understanding you need to create a finished song of your own.

Get to grips with songwriting theory

Over six weeks, we’ll be exploring the basic musical concepts that underpin successful songs. From the fundamental elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, metre and key, to the relationship between words and music.

We’ll uncover the tools and techniques that songwriters use to create effective melodies and discover how chords combine to give shape and structure to your songs. We’ll also learn how giving your song a musical form or structure can help to make it captivating and memorable.

Learn from established musicians and songwriters

As well as experts in music and psychology at the University of Sheffield, we’ll be talking to established musicians to find out what makes their songs successful. Special guests include:

- Martin Simpson (award-winning folk songwriter)

- Tom Ravenscroft (BBC Radio 6 Music presenter)

- Christopher Hague (Producer, Sheffield Steelworks Studios)

- Shahbaz Hussein (Tabla player)

- Martin Curtis Powell (Cradle of Filth)

- Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes)

- Nat Johnson (singer-songwriter)

- MC Matic Mouth (Clubs and Spades)

- Mat Welsh and Sean Long (While She Sleeps)

- Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)

- Neil McSweeney (singer-songwriter)

- Toddla T (DJ and producer)

- Anastasia Walker (Bang Bang Romeo)

- Paul Wolinski (65daysofstatic)