Creative Songwriting Expert Track

CREATIVE PROCESS, CONTENT & GENRE & LYRIC WRITING

This special 3-in-1 course combines elements of our more challenging songwriting courses, The Creative Process , Content & Genres & Lyric Writing If you’ve got a solid foundation in songwriting and want to explore further, then this is ideal for performers, producers, writers and hobbyists everywhere.

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Through a mix of video, reading and hands-on tasks, you’ll learn how to generate new ideas, beat writer’s block and form drafted concepts into fully-crafted works. You’ll also explore and experiment with a range of exciting genres, from country to electronica, developing song ideas for each, and a polished piece in two styles. Finally, you’ll cover co-writing in depth, including different approaches, the art of collaboration, and forming songwriting relationships.

You’ll have full access and unlocked course materials from day one – 12 weeks’ worth of content in total – including comprehensive video lessons, detailed notes and notation, backing tracks, comprehensive readings and suggested blues guitar tasks to absorb and complete in your own time. This allows for highly flexible learning, as you can choose the order of your modules based on your interests and areas of expertise. There’s also no specific course start date, meaning you can begin your learning at a time that suits you. And once you purchase the course material, you retain ongoing access to it, so it can be reviewed whenever you like.

Covering 15 modules and 79 lessons, do it all online and in any order, and even dip back in once you’ve finished. It’s everything you need to grow from an advanced to an expert songwriter – and all at your own pace.

Only £40

Learn to write a song

  • Elevate special 3-in-1 Songwriting course bundle
  • 79 Unique lessons across 15 packed modules
  • Created by practicing industry experts
  • Learn at you own pace in your own time
  • HD video industry insider hints & tips
  • Immersive interactive learning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Downloadable lesson guides
  • Lifetime access
  • Mobile friendly platform
  • Access to a live session masterclass

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Modules in this course

This special 3-in-1 online Songwriting course combines the The Creative Process, Content & Genres
& Lyric Writing courses packed full of HD video lessons, suggested tasks and industry insider hints to help you write songs.

1
Learn Creative Strategies for Songwriting

What's the creative process like? How do you find inspiration? How could you use your imagination effectively? You’ll touch on all this — together with writing tips and techniques — to develop the ideas and themes that spark your own song creations.

2
How to Generate Song Ideas

With your ideas blossoming, you’ll need to know how to collect and organise them properly, refine your overall writing process, and write more purposefully. You’ll cover all these elements in this module, as well as tips and suggestions for translating your ideas into fleshed-out concepts.

3
How to Push Your Creative Boundaries

Whether you start with a tune, a title, or a turn of phrase, try out different ways of crafting a song to see what works best for you. Along the way, you'll draw a clear line between your inspiration and your own songwriting voice.

4
Easy Methods For Creating New Song Ideas

Learn how to shape your inspiration into a fully-fledged piece of songwriting. You'll discover key songwriting tools and software, as well as tips and tactics for researching new ideas, overcoming stumbling blocks and working around your mistakes.

5
Techniques for Crafting & Redrafting Songs

Starting from your very first draft, you’ll learn how to shape and refine every element of your song, think more objectively about your writing, and understand how parts like the melody and lyrics work together for a successful piece of music.

6
Collaborative Songwriting

From double acts to entire teams, you'll explore famous instances of co-writing and uncover how and why writers work together. You'll also examine the benefits and pitfalls of partnering, to use for your own approach to songwriting.

1
The Influences of Content & Genre

In the first module on this course, you'll discover the history and stories behind a range of musical genres, learn how to identify and analyse them, and explore how they influence, complement and compare with each other.

2
Pop Music

What is pop music? Who is it for? And how did it develop? You'll find answers to these questions and more in this detailed module, which examines the history, lyrics and techniques of pop music, as well as its many subgenres.

3
Folk & Country

With roots in creating music for the 'common' man, the folk and country genres famously feature storytelling and acoustic elements, with a strong focus on the structure of their songs and lyrics. Learn more about the genres, their subgenres, and how they blend together.

4
Electronica

Explore electronic music and synthesising techniques like sampling and looping; learn about a range of electronic styles from early hip-hop to modern dubstep; and uncover how this enduring style of music shaped the rave scene and culture in the 80s.

5
Rock

From the iconic 12-bar blues to the energy of punk and glam rock's trademark flamboyance, explore one of the most varied genres of all. Uncover rock's huge cultural impact, get to grips with chords, and touch on technical elements like bent notes and time signatures.

6
Soul And R&B

Combining emotional blues with sophisticated jazz, soul gave way to a more accessible style. You'll get to know key artists and subgenres; unpack the politics of the time; and touch on trademark elements, like swung rhythms and the ‘call and response’ technique.

1
Finding Your Inspiration

With every topic under the sun to choose from, how do you decide what you want your songs to be about? In this introductory module you’ll experiment with different creative writing techniques, find inspiration and uncover your own unique lyrical identity.

2
Lyrical Structure and Style

Drawing on examples of influential lyrics and songwriters throughout history, in this module you’ll immerse yourself in the technicalities of style, form and formatting — from rhyme schemes and classic structures, to how to use melodic math.

3
How to Write Lyrics

You’ve mastered the basics and got your ideas — but how do you turn them into real workable song drafts? In this module, you’ll learn how to craft and edit lyrics that you and your listeners will love.

4
Developing Songwriting Depth

There’s more to lyric writing than just choosing words that sound good. In order to connect with your audience, you’ll need to have a strong understanding of literary devices — from imagery and metaphor to tense and characterisation. Here, you’ll take your lyrics to the next level to make them truly memorable and unique.

5
Understanding Genre

Every genre of music has its own indicators and tropes, and understanding these can be helpful when it comes to crafting your lyrics for a specific musical style. You’ll examine these in more detail through this module and learn how to spot the patterns and styles that really speak to you.

6
Soul And R&B

Combining emotional blues with sophisticated jazz, soul gave way to a more accessible style. You'll get to know key artists and subgenres; unpack the politics of the time; and touch on trademark elements, like swung rhythms and the ‘call and response’ technique.

  • The Creative Process
    1
    Learn Creative Strategies for Songwriting

    What's the creative process like? How do you find inspiration? How could you use your imagination effectively? You’ll touch on all this — together with writing tips and techniques — to develop the ideas and themes that spark your own song creations.

    2
    How to Generate Song Ideas

    With your ideas blossoming, you’ll need to know how to collect and organise them properly, refine your overall writing process, and write more purposefully. You’ll cover all these elements in this module, as well as tips and suggestions for translating your ideas into fleshed-out concepts.

    3
    How to Push Your Creative Boundaries

    Whether you start with a tune, a title, or a turn of phrase, try out different ways of crafting a song to see what works best for you. Along the way, you'll draw a clear line between your inspiration and your own songwriting voice.

    4
    Easy Methods For Creating New Song Ideas

    Learn how to shape your inspiration into a fully-fledged piece of songwriting. You'll discover key songwriting tools and software, as well as tips and tactics for researching new ideas, overcoming stumbling blocks and working around your mistakes.

    5
    Techniques for Crafting & Redrafting Songs

    Starting from your very first draft, you’ll learn how to shape and refine every element of your song, think more objectively about your writing, and understand how parts like the melody and lyrics work together for a successful piece of music.

    6
    Collaborative Songwriting

    From double acts to entire teams, you'll explore famous instances of co-writing and uncover how and why writers work together. You'll also examine the benefits and pitfalls of partnering, to use for your own approach to songwriting.

  • Content & Genre
    1
    The Influences of Content & Genre

    In the first module on this course, you'll discover the history and stories behind a range of musical genres, learn how to identify and analyse them, and explore how they influence, complement and compare with each other.

    2
    Pop Music

    What is pop music? Who is it for? And how did it develop? You'll find answers to these questions and more in this detailed module, which examines the history, lyrics and techniques of pop music, as well as its many subgenres.

    3
    Folk & Country

    With roots in creating music for the 'common' man, the folk and country genres famously feature storytelling and acoustic elements, with a strong focus on the structure of their songs and lyrics. Learn more about the genres, their subgenres, and how they blend together.

    4
    Electronica

    Explore electronic music and synthesising techniques like sampling and looping; learn about a range of electronic styles from early hip-hop to modern dubstep; and uncover how this enduring style of music shaped the rave scene and culture in the 80s.

    5
    Rock

    From the iconic 12-bar blues to the energy of punk and glam rock's trademark flamboyance, explore one of the most varied genres of all. Uncover rock's huge cultural impact, get to grips with chords, and touch on technical elements like bent notes and time signatures.

    6
    Soul And R&B

    Combining emotional blues with sophisticated jazz, soul gave way to a more accessible style. You'll get to know key artists and subgenres; unpack the politics of the time; and touch on trademark elements, like swung rhythms and the ‘call and response’ technique.

  • Lyric Writing
    1
    Finding Your Inspiration

    With every topic under the sun to choose from, how do you decide what you want your songs to be about? In this introductory module you’ll experiment with different creative writing techniques, find inspiration and uncover your own unique lyrical identity.

    2
    Lyrical Structure and Style

    Drawing on examples of influential lyrics and songwriters throughout history, in this module you’ll immerse yourself in the technicalities of style, form and formatting — from rhyme schemes and classic structures, to how to use melodic math.

    3
    How to Write Lyrics

    You’ve mastered the basics and got your ideas — but how do you turn them into real workable song drafts? In this module, you’ll learn how to craft and edit lyrics that you and your listeners will love.

    4
    Developing Songwriting Depth

    There’s more to lyric writing than just choosing words that sound good. In order to connect with your audience, you’ll need to have a strong understanding of literary devices — from imagery and metaphor to tense and characterisation. Here, you’ll take your lyrics to the next level to make them truly memorable and unique.

    5
    Understanding Genre

    Every genre of music has its own indicators and tropes, and understanding these can be helpful when it comes to crafting your lyrics for a specific musical style. You’ll examine these in more detail through this module and learn how to spot the patterns and styles that really speak to you.

    6
    Soul And R&B

    Combining emotional blues with sophisticated jazz, soul gave way to a more accessible style. You'll get to know key artists and subgenres; unpack the politics of the time; and touch on trademark elements, like swung rhythms and the ‘call and response’ technique.

Here what our students say

Christine T.

Creative Songwriter Expert Track

“I really enjoyed the course actually. I was inspired by this course and would like to do the advanced course in the future.It was inspiring, sensational, really got me into thinking and I wrote one song on lock down. I have been slowly depicting the chords to master my own song with my electric guitar, but it has been a challenge!”

Gideon S.

Creative Songwriter Expert Track

“Knowledgeably and engagingly taught. Great as an experience to wash over you to bring out your self in sharp relief as it relates to writing – great as a continuing resource to dip into now and again for brushing up on concepts. Highly recommended!”

Mike B.

Creative Songwriter Expert Track

“The course was so well structured and everything made so much sense. It demystified the process of songwriting and has taken my practice to another level. “

Other online songwriting courses

Thinking about this online songwriting course?

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS BUNDLE?

    The Creative Songwriting Expert Track bundle includes both the ‘Songwriting: The Creative Process’ and ‘Songwriting: Content & Genre’ and ‘Lyric Writing’ courses. By purchasing them together as a bundle, you’ll gain a more thorough understanding of Songwriting craft by studying them one after the other. It also allows you to keep all your Songwriting resources and lessons together in the one online location.

  • WHO IS THIS BUNDLE FOR?

    This bundle is perfect if you’re an intermediate songwriter looking to challenge yourself creatively and understand more about the craft of songwriting.

  • HOW MANY SONGS WILL I WRITE IN THIS COURSE?

    Studying this bundle, you’ll work on at least eight new songs, including six genre-specific pieces.

  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I SIGN UP FOR AN ELEVATE COURSE?

    Expect something highly engaging! Elevate courses are packed full of interactive learning elements. You’ll have access to video and written lessons, and will use diagrams, case studies and insider hints and tips in your studies. Once you’ve completed an Elevate course, you’ll have lifetime access to all information shared, meaning you can revisit your course materials whenever you like.

  • When can I begin my course?

    You can start whenever you’re ready! Elevate courses are accessed on demand, so you can start and pause your learning at any time. There are no deadlines to begin or complete your course by, so you can progress your studies when it suits you. All course materials are yours to keep, so you can take the course again further down the track if you’d like.

  • What kind of device do I need?

    To study an Elevate course, you just need to bring an inquisitive mind. You can easily complete your course on any mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

  • Do I receive any discounts as an Elevate student?

    Yes. We work with a range of industry partners to provide Elevate students like yourself with discounted software to support your learning journey. Your courses will include links to discounts, where relevant.

  • Do I really get lifetime access?

    Yes – you absolutely do! Elevate courses are designed to be revisited, so you can reuse the course material to practice, develop and continue to improve. As long as you have an account with us, you’ll have access to all the courses you’ve purchased.

  • What do I receive when finish my course?

    Once you’ve completed all your course lessons, you’ll be awarded a certificate found on your dashboard page, which you can download and share.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about my course?

    If you have any questions about your course, please send an email to hello@icmp-elevate.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours – if not sooner! You can also call our admissions team on 020 7328 0222

  • Can I bundle courses together?

    Yes. In fact, many of our courses are designed to be taken together as a bundle, allowing you to progress your skill level in a particular area from beginner to intermediate. Explore our Elevate bundle offers to find your perfect course bundle.

Meet your tutors

Sophie Daniels, Tim Elsenberg, Megan O’Neill & Jonathan Whiskerd

Songwriting: The Basics’ has been written by expert industry insiders Megan O’Neill, Jonathan Whiskerd, Sophie Daniels and Tim Elsenberg. They have worked with singers and songwriters such as Will Hicks (with Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen), Bruce Hughes (with Jason Mraz), Joshua Blair (with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars) and Jamie Cullen, and also played a large part in developing London’s ‘The Institute of Contemporary Music’ world-class songwriting curriculum.

“The idea behind this course is to offer simple, accessible insights into the craft of Songwriting, which creatives and writers from all different backgrounds can experiment with. In my own development as a songwriter and Songwriting teacher.

I have found a few key concepts and writing tricks that have helped me cultivate a more enjoyable process and unlock more purposeful songs. Sophie, Tim and I have worked together to create a course that we believe offers a strong skills foundation for any aspiring songwriter. ”

See what our songwriting students say

Must have for aspiring songwriters

Rated 5 out of 5

Very interesting and wide ranging content covering all the things aspiring song writers should know. A must-have course for aspiring songwriters for sure!

Paul W.

good resources and tips

Rated 4 out of 5

This was a very practical course with a lot of good resources and tips.

Shana T.

thoroughly enjoyed

Rated 5 out of 5

Extensive course in creative songwriting, has really given my creativity a much needed push. Really enjoyed working through the lessons and engaging with the tasks at the end. Would recommend to anyone looking to re-ignite their practice or try something new!

Max L.

Highly recommended

Rated 5 out of 5

Highly recommended. Excellent lessons on all aspects of the craft of songwriting. Has fueled so much of my own writing since.

Muna R.

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