Songwriting Jazz & Pop 1
Profile, extension and depth: Practical Theory Classes
Number of course weeks
One 60-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to second year of Bachelor phase.
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 discussed include song structure, writing catchy 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.
Songwriting 1 is a basic course and in Songwriting 2 you will further develop your skills around personal assignments; lyrics, melody, harmony, arranging, your own style.
Mode(s) of instruction
Material & Tools
Your own material.
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.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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.
This course will explore the developing and writing of originals.