To understand the basics of writing a song and what it involves
Whether a song involves writing lyrics first or the music or both at the same time.
Divide yourself into groups, a maximum of 3 in a group.
In your groups choose a topic on which to write a song and discuss it. Use the prompt cards to assist you. Assign one person in your group to write down or recording any interesting ideas that could be used to inspire the song and its lyrics. Some of the words and phrases chosen may later be used in the song. Think purely about the topic.
Sheila Davis from the songwriters idea book says a good topic should be
"A Genuine idea,
Start coming up with some ideas maybe even some sections in the music.
Put your topic ideas on the padlet.
A narrative - Telling a story
A song that tells a story
Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles
Feelings - Emotions
A describing the thoughts and emotions that someone is feeling
Everybody Hurts - REM
A song that describes a situation or a moment in time.
I bet that you look good on the dancefloor - The Arctic Monkeys
Apps to help you
Online websites to help
In your groups take your selected material write down a bank of words and phrases
Start to pick out the strong words and phrases
Start to use a rhyme scheme with them. Use scansion to help with your rhythm
Spend some time saying aloud, in rhythm, the words you have written. Work on these, adding and taking away words until they have two lines that work well together as lyrics for a song.
Next, using exactly the same rhyme scheme and rhythm, write another two lines.
Continue the pattern (or choose another pattern) to grow the four lines into a longer section.
Start to think about how their lyrics might fit the music. If there is no music with the words yet, start trying to work out a melody to your words
The Second of the two-line groups will usually have new words, but could have the same music as the first two lines. However, you could change the music at the end to make a slightly different second half of the fourth line.
Come up with topic ideas or themes for your song. Fill out the google form with your ideas for subject topics for your song.