NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0316129

Songwriting with My Guitar


'Songwriting with My Guitar' integrates 2 popular activities among our youth today: Playing the Guitar & Composing their own songs. Students will experience an easy method of writing a song with their guitar through group collaboration.

The guitar. being a harmonic instrument, is capable of creating chords, melodies and bass lines. Thus, this programme primarily initiates the students into a composition process which encompasses these 3 fundamental attributes of the instrument. Together with lyrics, complete song arrangements can be realized with the voice and a few guitars.

In this programme

PHASE ONE: Playing the Guitar

- Learn the fundamentals of chord-playing and melody-playing on the guitar
- Learn basic chord theory and the common chord progressions(I,IV, V) found in a key
- Learn various strumming/plucking techniques found in pop, jazz and latin styles of music

PHASE TWO: Songwriting Skills

- Learn lyric-writing and its intimate relation to melody
- Understanding how to create bass lines and musical interludes (solos) on the guitar
- Understanding song form & structure
- Appreciate the songwriting history in Singapore (Heritage songs)

PHASE THREE: Collaboration / Project Work / Recording

- Working in groups and writing a 2-3mins song
- 'From sketching to refinement', how to draft a song and polish it gradually
- Recording the song
- Performance & Assessment
- Understanding the use of music technology(Garageband, Logic Pro) to prepare backing tracks for live performances, demos

For the assessment, students will be required to perform their 2-3 minutes song. They will present it in groups. The best written song will be orchestrated in a music software and the group will perform accompanied by the backing track.


The primary objectives are:

PHASE ONE: Playing the Guitar

1 Learn basic strumming/plucking techniques required to accompany oneself on the guitar

2 Learning to use the guitar as a composing tool for songwriting

3 To appreciate the importance of 'playing by ear' as an indispensable role towards melodic invention and composition

PHASE TWO: Songwriting Skills

4 Learning the fundamentals of effective lyric-writing via analysis of songs from the Beatles and contemporary artistes

5 Learning how to write down your chords and lyrics in a systematic way so that other musicians can perform your song

6 Learning to create melodies through improvised singing / playing

7 Learning the secrets behind successful songwriting through analysis of form, structure and harmony

PHASE THREE: Collaboration / Project Work / Recording

8 Appreciate the collaboration process within a group, and the inclusive attitude required to make a collaboration work

9 Undertaking a specific role which fits one's strength (lyric-writing, melody-writing, chord work, bass line) within the group

10 Experiencing the recording process of a song

11 To allow the student to express himself in creative manner through songwriting and performing in a group


Music classroom

Pri - Upper / Sec - Lower / Sec - Upper / JC/CI / ITE



8 Session(s)
1.5 hours per Session


PA system / Visualizer / Projector. Simple speaker system for computer music playback/ Instructor's speaking microphone

- COST -

$6.50 (for a class of 30 students) per Hour


(Guitars, plectrums, song recording equipment and course material will be provided by the vendor)

Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools, and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools.
The Tote Board Arts Grant is not applicable to pre-schools. NAC partners selected pre-school centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP.

The following programme is approved under NAC-AEP 2017-2018 until 31 December 2018.


- Guitarhympia Music -

Balraj Gopal