Songwriting

Diploma

Overview

This vocational course is equivalent to two ‘A’ Levels, and is all about developing your songwriting technique, improving your performance skills and musical style, getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, and steadily building your confidence towards that of a professional musician.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the way the music industry works, plus will study music history, arranging, music production and musicianship skills. You’ll be expected to sing within workshop and performance opportunities and be able to support your performance with either piano or guitar accompaniment, or music production techniques. All in all, it’s a fantastic grounding for a holistic understanding of modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn in a creative environment where you’ll develop strong connections with fellow aspiring musicians and will be guided by your tutors and prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards your future career or study goals.

Successful completion of the course will gain you an RSL Level 3 Diploma qualification, and 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 a music degree 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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UK & EU STUDENTS £6,950 per year

NON EU STUDENTS £12,450 per year

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Year 1

Please note: module names and structure may change during the validation process.

  • Music Industry

    This lesson gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their careers. They’ll be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music and business plans.

  • Musicianship

    Students will develop their aural and theory skills in this lesson by learning to explore and identify musical components such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, instrumental timbre and structures. This will enable them to acquire the critical listening skills required in a songwriting environment and will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.

  • Sound and Culture

    This lesson not only gives students the skills to critically listen to music, but also understand the personal, social and cultural conditioning that can inform our musical tastes. The lesson will give you chance to analyse the factors behind changes in personal responses to music over time identifying the key events that are likely to have influenced these changes.

  • Live Performance Workshop

    Live Performance Workshop is the chance for students to perform their own songs and the songs that have influenced their style. They’ll develop their live sound and accompanying skill concentrating on performing, showmanship and the right mental approach. They may perform themselves on piano or guitar, invite other instrumentalists to accompany them or utilise a sequencing programme to create a backing track.

  • Lyrics

    Within the industry, the creation of lyrical structures and top line melodies forms an important skill for any writer. In this lesson the art of melody creation will be studied, with a focus on the development of top lines. The authorship of lyrical content is also studied with an emphasis on creativity.

  • Songwriting Styles

    This lesson supports an understanding of the bigger picture of modern songwriting and gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of structure, shape and style through a study of songwriters from Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen to The Beatles and Joni Mitchell.

  • Live Performance Workshop (LPW)

    Live Performance Workshop is the chance for students to perform their own songs and the songs that have influenced their style. They’ll develop their live sound and accompanying skill concentrating on performing, showmanship and the right mental approach. They may perform themselves on piano or guitar, invite other instrumentalists to accompany them or utilise a sequencing programme to create a backing track.

  • Solo Writing

    Students present their songs, sketches or ideas within a workshop environment, with tutors giving constructive feedback, suggesting areas for development and setting appropriate tasks. Peers will be encouraged to critique the songs of fellow students and encourage possible collaboration. Student portfolios of work across lessons will also come under the spotlight with feedback sessions from industry experts and professional songwriters.

  • Arranging

    Students learn how to arrange their music for a range of instruments through the understanding of range, timbre and articulation. Studying arranging techniques across a variety of genres will enable them to engage the most appropriate instruments and writing styles to enhance their composition portfolio.

  • Music Production

    This lesson introduces students to industry-standard music software packages, allowing them to sequence ideas, programme drum loops and manipulate sounds.

  • Extended Studies

    This lesson is a chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to assessments, auditions and masterclasses.

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths. 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.

After this course:

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as songwriter, singer-songwriter, solo performer and band member, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) Songwriting at BIMM London.

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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an audition and/or assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an audition and/or assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
1 year
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching Institution:
BIMM London
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Composition Pathway)
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths. 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 headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury with Moby and playing drums in the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘Nine’, to performing for The Queen and being a vocal coach on the Russian version of The X Factor, our BIMM London 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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Making it in music:

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Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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