10 Week Songwriting Course with Published Songwriter/ A&R Consultant
“I think that anyone that’s serious about taking music seriously should consider doing Eve williams music course. She is very friendly and knowledgeable and there are many things that most people do not know about how to take your music to the next level, be that level getting played on the radio or getting better exposure or just simply writing better songs… Eve Williams is a one stop shop for any musician wanting to take their music seriously or any musician that simply wants to be better at their craft. I have noticed a great improvement in my own craft since taking the course and I look forward to taking my music to the next level.” Patrick McFerran
Do you want to begin writing songs or improve your chances of achieving commercial success with your songwriting? This structured 10 week course will help you achieve your songwriting aims.
Students meet together in ten weekly 2 hour sessions. In a supportive and friendly environment, students play and comment on eachother’s work as well as completing tasks aimed at refining skills in areas such as lyric writing, chord progressions, writing stronger hooks and catchier melodies and marketing your music to your target audience and to the industry. Industry guest speakers will attend and at the end of the course each student records a high quality demo of their work with an in house producer.
The structure of the course is as follows:
Week 1 – ‘Talent Borrows, Genius Steals’
Who are your influences and what are your musical goals? Finding your own individual voice as a writer/ artist-writer.
Week 2 – Developing Lyric Ideas
How to develop lyric ideas, deal with writer’s block and avoid cheese. Writing lyrics that hit home with your target audience.
Week 3 – Which comes first, the music or the lyrics?
Different methods of writing: lyrics or title first, writing to chord progressions, writing to a brief.
Week 4 – Writing a Memorable Melody
Avoiding common melodic mistakes, being bold with intervals, using prosody.
Week 5 – Collaborative Writing
Most top selling songs are written by a team of writers. This week we have fun and work together.
Week 6 – The producer/writer
Using recording technology to write. Introduction to Pro Tools. We will also discuss Logic, Cubase and Garageband and create a track together.
Week 7 – Marketing Your Music
Knowing what stage your writing is at in terms of commercial potential, finding the right gigs for your sound, how to write a business email that industry professionals will open, artist websites, when to pay a plugger etc.
Week 8 – Demo and Q&A session with professional songwriters, producers and A&R professionals.
Week 9- Songwriters’ Circle
Students will play their own work and comment on eachother’s songs. This will help each student choose which pieces to record for their demo.
Week 10 – Demo recording
The course costs £180 for 10 weeks. Concessions apply for students and the unwaged who pay £100.
It is possible to pay monthly or in one installment. Missed weeks must be paid for or cannot be reimbursed.
The cost of producing the final demo which will be given to students in CD format (WAV files) is £50.
Knowledge of music theory at about Grade 5 (no exams are necessary). Students must able to understand basic chord formations. You do not need to be able to read music: guitar tab/chord sheet reading is acceptable. If you are a singer but not an instrumentalist the course is suitable for you.
A house keyboard and guitar are available or you will be able to play your songs via CD if you prefer.
‘Music is my life and lyrics are my story. At the end of the 10 weeks I am able to know how my feelings sound’ – Sarah, Songwriting Student
For more information or to book a place contact Eve Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below.