Musical Theatre Song Writing

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Musical Theatre Song Writing:

This course combines practical and theoretical training in the art of writing songs for musicals.

Specifically, it focuses on the craft and skills required to write a musical, as well as the business of getting work developed and produced.

It’s delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, and culminates in a performance.

This course is for anyone who is passionate about musical theatre.

It’s aimed at both the beginner and more experienced lyricists, musician or composer.

You don't have to be experienced in reading and writing musical notation - the course is more about embracing your own creativity.

Whilst independent projects will be encouraged, there will also be a set project to show the value of working collectively as a group.

Practical exercises will be supported by theory of the creative process, exploring Aristotle’s elements, Engel’s musical elements and the twelve-point structure of the musical, from opening number to the grand finale.

On this course you will:

  • generate ideas by exploring the history and future of the musical as a genre
  • analyse and discuss the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Stiles and Drewe, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others
  • improve your storytelling skills using music and words
  • work collaboratively
  • learn how to maximise audience engagement
  • develop a distinctive, original voice in your song writing
  • be introduced to the business of musical theatre, and what makes a work producible.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave this course with a firm understanding of the genre, finely honed creative song writing skills, an awareness of the business and a network of writers and potential collaborators.

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Start Date: Thu 23rd April 2020
MAY 2019
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APRIL 2020
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Nottingham, NG1 4BU


6:00pm - 8:30pm


10 weeks


Part time evening


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