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1019 SLAVES TO THE RHYTHM: WRITING SONGS

Josh Hawks, musician

Each day of this songwriting course will follow a lecture-workshop format, with demonstrations of music followed by interactive sessions and practical exercises. The lectures will highlight the history and development of popular music, from its slave trade origins to the present. The interactive sessions will encourage the moulding of songs and catchy melodies, and provide an opportunity to experiment with different styles.

Participants should have a reasonable degree of musical ability, for example facility with an instrument and/or singing experience, and are welcome to bring their instruments to the sessions.

SESSION TITLES

1.  Introduction to songwriting

2.  The basic structure of a song

3.  The universal chord pattern and the universal rhythm pattern

4.  Sources of inspiration: where winning songs come from

5.  Fine-tuning for the future

 

Date: 19–23 January  
Time: 6.00–8.00 pm
COURSE FEES  Full: R995,00      Staff: R695,00       Reduced: R495,00
Note:  No admission to single sessions. MAXIMUM 20 participants.