Songsmiths and minstrels

Eight two-hour sessions (Mondays 7-9pm) at the Globe. The next course starts on 18 September 2017.

The tutor is Bethany Elen, community musician, folk singer and political activist.bethanyelen

Course description

This engaging course will explore various elements involved in the creation of song writing, composition, arrangement and performance of new music material. Through a series of workshops we will explore the relationship between music and words; explore different methodologies, approaches and techniques, play, present, reflect and share our work in a safe, supportive, relaxed, communal environment.

We will aim to inject inspiration into our work, overcome writer’s block, find fresh, innovative approaches to music and explore ways in which we can express ourselves, our experiences and ideas through music. Participants will be free to develop their own style of song writing. Compositions can be on any range of subject matter, issue or theme and music genres covered will include jazz, folk, blues, pop, rock.

The course is open to song writers of all abilities and experience. Participants can choose to work alone or in small groups – in their own way and at their own pace. Support will be available throughout and the course will be tailored to each participant’s needs and requirements.

The sessions will feature presentations and tutoring of various elements of song analysis, comparison and composition. Each session will feature creative exercises giving participants an opportunity to apply, explore and demonstrate their learning. Each session will also feature listening tasks and discussion through which we will compare, contrast and stylistically analyse the music. Printed resources will be distributed during sessions and participants are encouraged to take their own notes to document their learning. Resources, documentation and course materials will also be uploaded to an online storage system the group can access to view.

No equipment necessary – bring your ideas and a smile!

The 8 sessions are usually held weekly but with a half term break on 23 October.

The standard course fee is £120, and there is a discounted rate of £105 for Jazz.Coop members. These fees are for payment in advance. Alternatively you can pay £17 per session.

To book
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