History and Practice of Songwriting (W3097)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module explores the history and practice of songwriting from practical, cultural and critical perspectives. Techniques and topics investigated will include: the singer/songwriter, songwriting teams, genre, interpretation, demos, covers, songwriting as a professional activity, authorship.

The module will also draw current thinking in the fields of gender studies, critical race theory and technology studies. Examination of the work of seminal songwriters, songs, groups and styles from the last century will support practical and/or critical exploration of the craft of songwriting.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.