Songwriting Jazz & Pop 1

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Theory Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 60-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
24 hours
Study load
60 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to second year of Bachelor phase.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing songwriting skills.
Relation to other modules
Related to arranging, composing modules.
Whether you just started out putting words and music together, or have been writing songs for quite a while and want to develop your songwriting skills some more, this course is made for you. To be clear, this means you will be writing songs with lyrics. We will explore different methods of songwriting, in order to find your own specific way. Broaden your horizon on different styles and find your own during the process.
Subjects to be treated include song structure, writing good melodies, harmonic possibilities, writing strong lyrics (in English, Dutch or any other language) and how to tell a story or get a message across.
All this with the basic principle that a good song will stand straight in a simple arrangement (vocal with piano or guitar, for instance). In the course we analyse existing songs, and work on the basis of assignments. Students will receive feedback on their songs by the teacher and by their fellow students in the group.

Songwriting 1 is a basic course and in Songwriting 2 you will further develop your skills around personal assignments; lyrics, melody, harmony, producing and arranging, finding your own style.
Mode(s) of instruction
Group classes.
Material & Tools
Your own material.
Student activity
Preparing a presentation.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of each semester.
Students should have mastered the elements described under Contents.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Examination procedure
Students are assessed at the end of both semesters. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester. The end-of-semester assessments comprise evaluations of students' performance during the lessons.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This course will explore the developing and writing of originals.