Song Writing

In this workshop we will examine hit songs past and present and why they work. Learn about various ways to structure your song, which tense is best to use, lyric content, rhyme, melody, meter, and the hook. I can show you how to find inspiration to write songs from everyday things and unlock ideas for writing and get them on paper. We will examine several different styles of music including pop, rock, disco, country, etc, and pinpoint what they all have in common. Then we transfer that knowledge to the songs you have brought along and apply the strategies to them. Be prepared to share your songs with others.

What to bring:

  • Portable instrument (if applicable)
  • 2 copies of your song with lyrics on paper
  • Water
  • Pen and notepad

About the Tutor:

'Merilyn Steele has recorded 4 CDs mainly of her original material and won many awards and nominations for her songs at festivals and in song contests. Merilyn currently is signed to 3 publishers for her songs including 2 in the USA and has attended songwriting masterclasses with the likes of Kasey Chambers, Garth Porter,(Sherbet) Catherine Britt, Glenn A. Baker, Alan Caswell (Prisoner), and Berklee College’s Prof. Pat Pattison to name a few.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.