If you’re passionate about music and want to develop your songwriting skills, our Songwriting Course is a perfect choice. This course is designed for both beginners and experienced songwriters who want to enhance their knowledge and ability to write songs. 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.

Our songwriting courses are delivered by experienced, professional songwriters who bring up-to-date experience in the industry.

Please note: You can only participate on one short course at a time

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Delivered: Online or In-Person

The Course

During the Songwriting Course, you’ll work with experienced instructors who have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience. They will guide you through the process of writing songs and composing your own songs, while providing feedback and support along the way.

At the end of the course, you’ll have a portfolio of original songs that you can use to showcase your skills to potential clients, collaborators, or music industry professionals when it comes to music composition.

Our songwriting courses 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.

Every course we deliver is made up of units specially created in partnership with Fife College and upon successful completion, learners will be awarded a certificate from the Academy of Music and Sound.

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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What You'll Learn

Our Songwriting Short Course covers a range of topics that are essential to songwriting, including:

  • Melody: You’ll learn how to create memorable and engaging melodies that capture the mood and emotion of your lyrics.
  • Harmony: You’ll explore different chord progressions and harmonies to create depth and interest in your songs.
  • Lyrics: You’ll develop your skills in writing compelling lyrics that tell a story, convey a message, or evoke a feeling.
  • Structure: You’ll learn how to structure your songs in a way that is both engaging and cohesive.
  • Arrangement: You’ll explore different instrumentation, production techniques, and creative approaches to arrangement, to make your songs stand out.

In addition to these core topics, you’ll also explore different genres and styles of music, from pop and rock to country and folk. This will help you to develop your own unique style and voice as a songwriter.

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!

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.

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 knowledge

All courses are different; your course tutor can provide further detail for additional information.

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 [email protected]

Why the Academy of Music and Sound?

At the Academy of Music, we have a team of experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are passionate about music and dedicated to helping you succeed. We offer a range of courses and programs that are designed to help you achieve your musical goals, whether you want to become a professional musician, a songwriter, or a producer.

Our Songwriting Short Course is just one example of the high-quality courses and programs that we offer. We’re committed to providing our students with the best possible learning experience, and we’re confident that our Songwriting Short Course will help you to become a better songwriter and achieve your musical aspirations.

Enroll in our Songwriting Short Course today and take the first step towards becoming a better songwriter! With our flexible online learning and experienced instructors, you’ll be able to develop your skills and create amazing songs that showcase your talent and creativity.

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What People Say


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


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.


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


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 –

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 [email protected]

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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