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Songwriting 2009

  1. 1. Songwriting 2009 Have you always wanted to write your own songs? Then this is the subject for you!
  2. 2. Songwriting 2009 In this subject you will learn how to: <ul><li>Compose melodies </li></ul><ul><li>Write lyrics </li></ul><ul><li>Put together chord progressions </li></ul><ul><li>Compose Bass lines and </li></ul><ul><li>Construct Drum parts </li></ul>
  3. 3. But I don’t play any instruments! <ul><li>Well, that is usually ok. </li></ul><ul><li>We use computers and programs like Band in a Box and Sonar Home Studio to help you create your own music </li></ul><ul><li>It does help if you have a basic knowledge of Music Theory though </li></ul><ul><li>You should be at about Grade 2 Music Theory level if you want to do this subject </li></ul><ul><li>You should talk to Mr Templeton if you’re not sure if you have enough music background to do this subject </li></ul>
  4. 4. What will we do in class? <ul><li>Well, we’ll learn about chords and how they fit together </li></ul><ul><li>Then we’ll learn how to write tunes that fit with those chords </li></ul><ul><li>These are skills that take quite a bit of practice! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is that all? <ul><li>No, there’s other stuff too! </li></ul><ul><li>We learn to analyse great songs from the past to see what made them great </li></ul><ul><li>We also look at the history of pop and rock music to see who have been the most influential songwriters </li></ul>
  6. 6. Do we have to sing? <ul><li>No, you won’t have to sing your own songs if you don’t want to </li></ul><ul><li>We do, however, do aural studies to improve your sense of pitch, rhythm and inner hearing because these are crucial skills for songwriters </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are the assessment tasks? <ul><li>Well, the major one is that you will compose your own 3 minute pop song </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll develop and refine it, </li></ul><ul><li>Record it on the computer (or with a live band if you wish) </li></ul><ul><li>and you’ll publish it in written form and on CD </li></ul>
  8. 8. There must be more tasks than that… <ul><li>Yes, there are… </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll also have some smaller composition assessments along the way, plus… </li></ul><ul><li>A song analysis essay and a songwriting history essay </li></ul><ul><li>In the exams, you’ll do an Aural Examination and a written song analysis / melody writing assessment </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The subject is a lot of fun! </li></ul><ul><li>You get to extend your creativity and express your own thoughts in music </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not easy though – expect to be challenged! </li></ul><ul><li>If you have any other questions, see Mr Templeton now! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>If you want to start developing the skills to write songs like “Straight Lines” that could make you the next Missy Higgins or Daniel Johns then this subject is for you! </li></ul><ul><li>See you in Songwriting 2009! </li></ul>