Songwriting: Creative Process

UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVITY

Our online Songwriting course – developed by music industry insiders, helps you beat writer’s block, unlock your imagination and creativity, and consistently write songs you can be proud of, accelerating your career or simply picking up skills to hone your hobby.

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online SONGWRITING course: CREATIVE PROCESS

Once you’ve mastered the basics of songwriting, you’ll be ready to develop a portfolio of songs and push your creative limits. Our online songwriting course – developed by music industry insiders – helps you do just that. Beat writer’s block once and for all, unlock your imagination and creativity, and consistently write songs you can be proud of, accelerating your career or simply picking up skills to hone your hobby.

Learn about useful songwriting strategies and how to write lyrics, broaden your creative boundaries, and discover ways to research, develop and refine ideas. You’ll find methods for overcoming obstacles and writer’s block, and even gain insight into co-writing and partnerships to help your music go further.

With six distinctive modules to start anytime and at your own pace, you’ll soon forge a path from beginner to expert. This course is ideal for any experience level, whether you’re looking to break into the industry or just write songs for fun.

Only £20

Learn Creative Songwriting

  • 35 Unique lessons across 6 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 online course

This online songwriting course celebrating the creative process is packed full of HD video lessons, suggested tasks and industry insider hints.

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
Developing Song Content

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.

  • Songwriting 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
    Developing Song Content

    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.

Here what our students say

Barbara S.

Songwriting: Creative Process

“It’s now already a long time ago I did the course! .. But I still remember some helpful skills in songwriting, that helped me to approach writing a song in a different way I used to.”

Karine A.

Songwriting: Creative Process

“Great course, very inspiring with tools to boost your creativity.”

Joshua B.

Songwriting: Creative Process

“This course really inspired me to pick up my guitar again and get writing again! It’s so great to have a tried and tested process to work to as opposed to hoping inspiration is enough to get me through!”

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Thinking about this online songwriting course?

  • HOW DOES A COURSE TEACH ME THE CREATIVE SONGWRITING PROCESS?

    Like any writing task, songwriting requires creativity and self expression. While this may come easy to some, creativity is a skill that can be enhanced. You’ll look at creativity as a concept in this course, before focusing on how to apply good creative practices to your own songwriting. From idea generation and breaking out of your musical comfort zone, to exploring deeper topics in your writing, all are necessary if you want to become a highly skilled creative songwriter.

  • WILL I GET TO WRITE TO BRIEF IN THIS COURSE?

    Yes. You’ll be encouraged to explore concepts and practices in your own writing sessions, so you can expect plenty of opportunities to write to brief, plus many other creative songwriting activities.

  • HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH ICMP’S SONGWRITING: THE BASICS COURSE?

    Our Songwriting: The Creative Process course takes a deeper look at you as a songwriter and creative, so it’s important you have a solid grasp of songwritng techniques before you start. That way you can effectively apply new creative practices to your songwriting, so we recommend completing our Songwriting: The Basics course first before you start expanding your creative skills.

  • 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! ICMP 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 Creative Process’ 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.

“I’m so pleased that we offer this online course on Creative Process. The journey of enquiry around process allows us to get into our motivations for songwriting and examine the circumstances in which and how we write. In my experience, that is so helpful for opening up our ideas and thought processes.

It also really helps to dissolve notions of writers block and/or imposter syndrome and puts the joy back into writing. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together. ”

See what our songwriting students say

Useful course in songwriting

Rated 5 out of 5

This is a great course for all who seek to take their writing to the next level and explore new ways to work/create – found it very useful!

Freddie S.

Great course!

Rated 4 out of 5

Great course! I learned a lot, and I’m sure I’ll use those technics in the future. A small minus as I wish there had been a little more focus on processes for lyric writing as this is the area i’m the most stuck on, but other than that some really great stuff!

Rebecca F.

Songwriting demystified!

Rated 5 out of 5

Songwriting demystified! I am much more in-tune to the music I listen to now. Inspiration has been reignited and I can’t wait to start getting to work writing my own songs again with a bunch of new processes to try out…

Sean C.

Flexible payment method

We accept payments via Credit Card, PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay. You can even spread your payments using PayPal Credit.

The Complete Songwriter Expert Track

The Elevate special 4-in-1, (THE BASICS, CREATIVE PROCESS, CONTENT & GENRE & LYRIC WRITING) Complete Songwriter Expert Track reveals all, covering essential technical elements of music theory, as well as guiding you to generate, develop and refine your very own songs. It’s all led by music experts, and developed with today’s industry in mind.

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Songwriting: Creative Process

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