History and Practice of Songwriting

Module code: W3097
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the constituent elements of songwriting.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of specialist skills in analysis and/or production of songwriting.
  • Critically engage with the ideas that lie behind the theories and practices of songwriting through either practical or written engagement with such ideas.
  • Evaluate and reflect upon the contemporary practice of songwriting incorporating a historical perspective.