Summary

This practical workshop and class-based Songwriting short course is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their songwriting ability. They will also have the chance to build their confidence and meet other like-minded musicians.

The course is delivered by experienced, professional songwriters who bring up-to-date experience in the  industry.

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Delivered: Online or In-Person

The Course

This short course will help you to improve your song and lyric writing techniques alongside helping you become more confident and skilled at writing melodies and chord progressions.  

You will have the opportunity to perform your original material in front of other members of the class. This helps you prepare for a final “showcase performance” at the end of the course. 

Our course is SQA accredited. On successful completion, you will receive a SQA National Progression Award (NPA) in “Music Performance”. 

What are you waiting for? As this is a FREE course, spaces are very limited, so don’t wait around and miss out.

Equipment Needed

  • Notepad and Pen
  • Your instrument (Acoustic guitar etc)
  • If you are a keyboard player, we can supply

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Course FAQ's

All of our free short courses are accessible to those currently residing in Scotland and available to those aged fourteen and above. 

We often get this question but honestly, there’s no catch. One of the main reasons we can deliver a variety of free courses is through our partnership with Fife College which we are very honored to be working alongside.

Our free short-course delivery is now over six years long and we have issued qualifications to over two thousand students!

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) is displayed directly under your name on any formal certification you’ve been given after your exams in High School or if you’ve achieved qualifications from a HE or FE college or university.
If you cannot find your SCN number you can reach out to the SQA for assistance

If you are studying at home you must provide all of the equipment in order to facilitate your studies. If you are studying at one of our centres in person we recommend looking at the equipment specifications list so you can start day one prepared and ready!

You are more than welcome to participate in our short courses even if you are undergoing full-time studies elsewhere. We do recommend that you check the dates of the course so they do not conflict with your other studies and that you make sure you aren’t overloading yourself with too much work.

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As this is an academic course in partnership with Fife College and the SQA our courses do have paperwork and assignments to complete, this helps us determine your level of understanding so we can help you develop and deepen your level of understanding.

All courses are different and for more information your course tutor can provide more detail.

Participating in courses that you may already be familiar with can be a great way of continuing your own CPD (continual personal development)

Although you may be experienced, adding additional qualifications can be a great way of showing other institutions or employers that you take your own development seriously.

Furthermore, you have the potential to meet like-minded individuals who all share the same passion as you. Ultimately, it’s up to you!

It’s always best to attend as much as you can however we do understand that opportunities or sometimes life gets in the way. All we do is recommend that we ask you to contact us as soon as possible so we can notify the tutor and support staff.

This is so that we can make sure tutors have a plan or are aware so they can help you catch up with any lessons you’ve missed.

We love chatting to potential students, if you’d like to contact us you are welcome to email shortcourses@academyofmusic.ac.uk

Course dates

Online Weekend Classes

  • Dates: Saturday 3rd September to Saturday 8th October
  • Duration: Every Saturday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
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In-Person Glasgow

  • Dates: Saturday 24th September to Saturday 29th October
  • Duration: Every Saturday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
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What People Say

Anonymous

Classes were very inspiring thanks to the tutor, I left this course feeling more creative and more equipped.

Anonymous

I studied this class in person and it was great to meet other likeminded songwriters, if you’ve got a creative itch I’d recommend.

Anonymous

Tutor was amazing and very experience, showed us different creative techniques to help create or write when you’ve got writers block! Thanks AMS

Anonymous

Staff were amazing, thanks so much guys. I’ve been looking for a course like this for ages and was surprised when this cropped up and for free!

Common Questions About AMS

AMS is an independent music academy specialising in post-16 music performance and production education. We prepare students for a career in the modern music industry with recognised qualifications, with options to study in-centre or online.

We have a variety! You can view all of our active short-courses here – https://www.academyofmusic.ac.uk/short-course-information/

Of course! We always recommend checking the events page as you can sign up for one of our Open Events that give you a comprehensive taster of what it’s like being a student at AMS however, if you’d like to know right away you are welcome to contact our Glasgow office on glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk

You are more than welcome to drop by and visit the centre any time however so we can ensure that all of our attention is on you (it can get really busy from time to time!) if you could call in advance, a member of our team will book time for your visit.

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