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Learn how to write a hit song with a professional songwriter.

Songwriting is something that everyone can do, but to do it to the level that you have a chance of achieving commercial success with it, is a different story.

I will teach you the fundamental rules of songwriting and then I'll teach you how to break them, to create something unique. As a songwriter with 3 Billboard #1s, 15 top 40 hits and millions of sales and streams, I will help you to create your own methods and ideas to create your own tools, to write songs that are not just ideas, but fully fledged creative pieces of work.

Whether you are a beginner or someone who is looking to further their career, this class will help to enhance and enrich your experience of songwriting and will be tailored to your individual needs.

Extra information

I teach online via webcam, using Skype.

Location

Online via webcam

General info

Skills:

Age:

Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Duration:

60 minutes

The class is taught in:

English

About Me

I am a Scottish Singer/Songwriter/Radio Broadcaster and I am lucky enough to have been a songwriter on songs that have sold millions of records, achieved several Billboard #1s, written hit singles in Japan, South Korea, China and more.

I also have a postgraduate qualification in teaching in Further Education and have years of experience as a lecturer in music, media, and students with additional support needs.

Education

Aberdeen University MA in Combined Studies

Aberdeen University Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in FE

Further experience as a lecturer, radio broadcaster, songwriter and musician.

Experience / Qualifications

I have had several hit singles as a songwriter, particularly in South Korea, China, and Japan. Most recently I had the Billboard #2 single in Japan at Christmas 2019 and previous to that, have had several number #1 singles in China, many charts hit in Korea (K-Pop) and beyond.

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