Introduction to Song Writing

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Course Code: 
MUS 1118
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course is designed for students with little or no background in music. It provides a broad overview of various songwriting tools to aid students in the creative process.  Students will be exposed to various techniques of songwriting through listening to, and analysis of, songs from a variety of genres and epochs. They will do comparative study of songwriters, including those from Uganda focusing on technique. A thread that will run parallel to the main part of the course is an historical examination of how new technology has influenced the development of songwriting through the ages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Objectives: 

  • To introduce the basic tools of song writing
  • To develop fundamental music-making skills
  • To provide a rich source of ideas and techniques to develop your songwriting skills
  • To learn effective ways of developing ideas into complete songs


Learning Outcomes: 


  • Knowledge of the rudiments of music and ability to analyze simple melodies
  • Ability to write songs whose text and melody relate
  • Demonstration of the acquisition of music-making skills
Introduction to Song Writing
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