Music Development Programme - Songwriting - Music composition, arranging, Music arranging

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Music Development Programme - Songwriting - Music composition, arranging, Music arranging:

The Musician Development Programme allows you to progress as a performer, producer or manager through study on our specialist modules, without the time or financial commitment required for a full certificate or degree programme. With expert tuition from industry practitioners in state of the art facilities at our new “Music Box” campus, you can choose to take one or more modules to help realise your individual creative, professional or management goals, studying alongside our degree students.

You can choose whether to just take classes or also undergo formal assessment and achieve Open University credits. Students will have the opportunity to transfer into a full certificate or degree programme at a later date as they progress, bringing any relevant credits with them.

Modules are available at various levels; to make sure this is right for you, one of our tutors will meet with you to determine your current skills, knowledge and preparation, relevant to your intended study choice(s).


This pathway will not take away creativity from the Songwriter, but will add extra dimensions to your own style. At levels 4 and 5 students are encouraged to write outside of their comfort zone, with a real focus on the individual Songwriter’s own personal style at level 6.

Additional entry requirements

Pre-requisites for taking the module Some basic chordal ability on Guitar or Piano at level 4, with some previous Song writing experience being preferable. Some programming skills, as students are asked to produce demo recordings for their assignments. If students have had no programming skills, if would be essential that they also take the level 4 Music Programming module. At level 5 A decent understanding of the stylistic concepts of Song writing in different genres, as all students will be asked to write outside of their comfort zone. A functional understanding of Major and minor diatonic harmony. All students must have good basic music programming skills An understanding of lyrical phrasing and metre The ability to create critical thinking in regard to lyrical content, that goes beyond just the commercial. At level 6 The ability to do all of the above to a more advanced standard, with the emphasis being on developing what the students have learnt in Years 1 and 2 NB: This module at level 6 really focuses on students individual Song writing careers, as they need to produce a Personal Industry plan and portfolio with more songs needing to be written than at levels 4 and 5. There is also a real emphasis on sticking to tight deadlines as would be expected in the real world.

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Start Date: Tue 01st October 2019
APRIL 2019
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London, SE1 0LR


1 year, 3 months


Full time, Part-time


No Qualification


Beginner Intermediate Advanced

From: £400

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