NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

NAC-AEP Programme Details

Experience
Music

Programme ID: AEP0316129

Songwriting with My Guitar

- OUTLINE -

'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.

- LEARNING OBJECTIVES -

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

- DETAILS -

Music classroom

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

English

1

8 Session(s)
1.5 hours per Session

20-30

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

$2400

(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.


- CONTACT -

- Guitarhympia Music -

Balraj Gopal

90686543

admin@guitarhympia.com