The Beehouse offers a unique one to one Songwriting Course, or Songwriter
Workshop, for those either with a song idea in their head or a melody,
lyrics and and harmonies to work with, and anywhere in between. The
Songwriting Course costs £199.75 for five hours. We work with
individuals with all kinds of musical background - some arrive ready to
put down an entire dong with lyrics, melody harmonies and an ability to
record the vocals and instrumentation. Some arrive with a tune in their
head and very little else. At the end of the day, your track will be
recorded to commercial standards on a CD.
The workshop is practically focused and usually includes some elements of music production. The course is accessible to most parts of the Midlands, Central England and Wales, at postcode SY225LD. It is particularly ideal for anyone seeking a Shropshire songwriting course, Cheshire songwriting course or Birmingham songwriting course.
You can find a full description, reviews and paypoint for the gift songwriting day at the links above. Our courses are very flexible, mostly shaped to your needs.
How we carry out songwriting courses
Our songwriting courses are very
flexible and can contain any of the elements listed here.
For those who have not yet structured their harmonies, we start with the arrangement session where the bare bones of the song or music are laid out. Then on into studio, where melodies and harmonies are clarified and the musical infrastructure of your song is worked together, including what you choose from an array of acoustic or computer generated sounds! You can add bass, drums, guitar, piano, keyboards, strings, all to your personal taste, with the skilled help of our production specialist. If you prefer a different vocalist, or session musicians, these are also available at a fee, although sometimes it's best to hear the end product before adding in costs, as a huge amount can be realised in the studio these days. We also have a downloads site, Noochoon, where you can market your new songs and music.
The Songwriting Course offers an opportunity to work with professional songwriters, musicians and creative producers in a dynamic and inspiring day with rewarding results. Because of its creative input, the songwriter day is the course which generates most return bookings, with artists going on to complete one or more albums at the Beehouse. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to speak with one of our current or past customers for an in-depth recommendation. More detail on what may be included in our courses:
In order to arrange a one-to-one songwriter course, please contact the studio to arrange a date and then book below. The standard five hour music production day costs £199.75, or two five hour days is £350. Extended course
You can purchase a songwriting course voucher at the paypoint below. Vouchers are valid for a year and make an excellent gift. To book a specific date please contact us here.
We also have a downloads site Noochoon where you can market your new songs and music, once developed.
The Beehouse offers a unique semi-professional Music Production Workshop for those who would like to put a track or tracks together in a professional studio. We can either work on existing tracks you have created elsewhere, or build a whole new track, and can offer help with instrumentation, arranging,recording, synthesized additions, effects, mixing and mastering. The Music Production Course, sometimes called the Studio Engineering Experience, costs £199.75 for five hours of one-to-one tuition and fun.
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Songwriter Course Details
Any or all of the elements below may for a part of your day, depending on your requirements.
1. Successful song components.
2. Traditional and evolving song structure and song structures from different ethnic perspectives.
3. The chorus, the verse, the bridges, the middle eight and the introduction.
4. The hook and how to write an effective hook. Where the hook fits within the song structure.
5. Key signatures, scales, progressions and time signatures.
6. The purpose of the song and effective time signatures or rhythms in achieving that purpose.
7. Music theory as it applies to songwriting.
8. Extended chords, arpeggios and harmonisation evolving from them.
9. How to write a bass line and how the bass line determines the mood of the song.
10. Using a bass line to add movement and fluidity to a song. The bass contrasted with the voice.
Using music theory to write songs
12. Chord sequences for Songwriters
13. How a chord sequence builds tension or other emotions.
14. To resolve or not resolve. How a songwriter uses harmonies to resolve a song or to create other effects
15. Unexpected and unusual harmonies and harmonisation in songwriting.
16. Key changes within a song
17. Melodies and melody development. The relationship between melody and lyrics.
18. Melody and harmony.
The relationship of melodies and chord sequences, the importance of suspense and discord within a song.
20. How to write memorable lyrics.
21. Scanning and phrasing of song lyrics.
22. Rhyming structure.
23. Finding a hook lyric.
24. Songwriting from a title or theme, or writing to a sentiment.
25. Where to find inspiration for your song.
26. Great and original song ideas.
27. Writer's block.
28. Music Production for Songwriters.
29. Commercial Songwriting.
30. Writing songs for a live audience - showtunes, musical theatre and pantomime.
31. Writing a song for recording studio production.
32. Writing band songs.
33. Preparing your song for a competition.
34. Preparing your song for demonstration to artists and musicians.
35. Songwriting demo preparation.
36. Selecting a showreel of your songs.
37. Working with a music producer.
38. Song production and music production for specific purposes.
39. General information on copyright and collection agencies (PPL and PRL). (Legal advice should always be sought)
40. Royalties on your songs and compositions.
The Beehouse recording studio endeavours to help artists to complete their professional ventures as they would wish, to an anticipated budget. Recording studio days vary immensely in duration and style. We make every element of music production available - providing production, instrumentation and supplementary vocals if required. We do aim for a commercial product to arise from each project. Our engineering staff have a wide variety of experience and great intuitive ability which can make the difference between and end product that "sits right", and a messy unfinished approximation which may be available elsewhere. Recordings are checked thoroughly prior to your departure to ensure the sound quality is of a commercial standard
Being accessible to large parts of Wales and England, our customer base (est 1999) includes to date visitors from all over Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Birmingham,the Midlands, the Isle of Wight, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Scotland, London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire - not to mention the many foreign artists we have entertained, from such diverse places as France, UAE, Norway, Canada, Ireland, Thailand, China, South Africa, the United States...
The Beehouse is a professional recording studio and you can check out our technical spec. on this page.
Accommodation at the Studio
There is bunkhouse accommodation available next to the studio or bed and breakfast / hotel accommodation half a mile away. Visit our accommodation page for more details.