Module Overview

Songwriting Techniques 1

This module focuses on the development of creative ideas, and how to develop them into finished songs. Topics include creating ‘hooks’, subject matter, lyric writing, song form and structure, elementary arrangement and basic studio production techniques, as used by some of the world’s most successful composers.


This module will equip the student with the tools to put creative energy into practice, inspiring them to engage in new compositional techniques to improve their skills as a songwriter.

Module Code

MUSG 1007

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Context and working methods in popular songwriting


Composition and arrangement techniques


Melody top-line writing techniques


Lyric writing techniques


Working with others; building and leading a team


Working to a precise commercial brief


Reflective practice and self-analysis


Working with media: formats, conventions and techniques


This module will be delivered utilising a range of methods including; formal lectures with audio-visual support, small group work, tutor led seminars and practical workshops/demonstrations, student led seminars, e-learning through your VLE and independent study and research.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100