Songwriting

CPD DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP

Overview

This one-year practical and vocational course is ideal if you want to further your musical abilities on a part-time basis of 4.5 hours a week.

At BIMM Dublin, we understand that a mixture of theory and practice is the key to you becoming a great songwriter, so you’ll spend a lot of time working on your songwriting techniques, composition and arrangement methods, and musicianship skills. You’ll learn what makes a brilliant pop song by studying a selection of those that display a good dose of much sought-after songwriting magic.

Highly skilled BIMM tutors will be on hand to offer friendly guidance and expert advice, all of who have had vast experience in the music industry, and continue to be a part of the business today. During your time on the course you’ll connect with likeminded fellow musicians for exciting collaboration projects, and will get to plug into one-of-a-kind networking opportunities, such as Masterclasses with global music industry professionals and the BIMM end-of-term gigs. All in all, it’s a fantastic part-time introduction to modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

The course is fully validated by the Dublin Institute of Technology, and successful completion will gain you 30 ECTS credits. It’s a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music – Songwriting at BIMM.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a songwriter, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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FEES FOR THE CPD DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP ARE €1,950.

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Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Songwriting

    This is an introductory module aimed at songwriters. As an essential skill for any artist, music producer or creative musician, songwriting empowers the individual to develop important musical skill-sets. Students will study and develop the fundamental skills of writing original songs covering aspects such as harmonic progression, melodic contour, lyric creation, rhythmic lyric structure and song form. There will also be an analysis of popular songs to provide a robust approach to learning this craft.

  • Theory and Critical Listening

    This module supports the development of skills in key areas: music theory, ear training, production analysis and song analysis. In theory and ear training classes, students will consider key theoretical concepts and their application in popular music, including interval and chord identification, harmony, rhythm and pulse, and chord/scale relationships. They’ll also critically study concepts of production aesthetic in order to develop their own production style and song analysis that allows the development of songwriting skills via the critique of commercial material.

  • Song Stylistics

    In this module the student has the opportunity to explore specific composition and arrangement techniques when working in a wide range of genres. Not only will this allow them to more fully understand the mechanics of songwriting, but it will also provide a heightened ability when working within their own personal style.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0.

After this course

PROGRESSION

Graduates can progress directly to a career in the music industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music in Songwriting at BIMM.

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HOW TO APPLY

All applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an application form call +353 1 5133 666. Irish students will be invited to attend an audition and assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form for a demo audition/assessment.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We’re proud to welcome students from all around the world. Our dedicated International Team is on hand to help with applications, visas, accommodation, settling in and much more.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance::
Part-time
Length of course::
1 year
Awarding institution::
Dublin Institute of Technology
Teaching Institution::
BIMM Dublin
Language of study::
English
Final award and exit awards::
30 ECTS Credits
Admissions criteria::
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of one module at Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Cert level. Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry. All applicants must also attend an audition to determine their eligibility for the course. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From performing with Red Hot Chili Peppers and playing guitar on The Commitments soundtrack, to vocal coaching Bono and being frontman for the indie band JJ72, our BIMM Dublin tutors have done it all. Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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