Full Title:Songwriting
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8082
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to the practice of songwriting through investigative analysis of the work of established successful artists. Through critical listening and consideration of elemental songwriting techniques the student is encouraged to evaluate the work of others and to create original material.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate songwriting technique.
  2. Appraise popular music repertoire from a songwriting perspective.
  3. Analyse songwriting styles and techniques applied in popular music.
  4. Define the compositional elements of a song.
  5. Compose original material

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
No indicative content
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Indicative content: analysis; harmonic sequences; critiquing song writing styles; 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project Portfolio of work that provides evidence of original creative songwriting. 1,2,3,5 50.00 0 0 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Wadhams, Wayne 2001, Inside the Hits: the seduction of a rock and roll generation, Berklee Press Boston
  • Machin, David 2010, Analysing Popular Music: image, sound, text, Sage London
  • Adler, Samuel, 2002, The Study of Orchestration, 3rd Ed., Norton New York
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 5 Mandatory