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Songwriting and Music Production


Write great songs, make great music.

The songwriting and music production course is designed to inspire and nurture your skills to create great songs. We breakdown the processes involved giving you the insight into technique and provide you with the hands-on training and facilities to put that to practice, guided by our industry instructors.

Get the right foundations

At SAE Institute we think that if you want to write great songs then it’s important for you to have a good understanding of music theory, composition and arrangement, together with the practical production skills that allow you to develop your ideas and produce your own music.

Put it to practice

  • Learn how to use production software such as Apple Logic
  • Design the sound of your tracks using synthesisers, samplers and instrument emulators.
  • Play an instrument? Learn recording techniques
  • Programme drum beats
  • Vocal production
  • Mix and Master your track.

Get your music heard

We also examine career opportunities, copyright, music publishing, and revenue models for your music. Together with out Brand and Self Marketing workshops, you will learn techniques to get more people to listen to your music.

How you will learn

Songwriting and Music Production is a part time course and there are lessons two nights a week for 6 months. Teacher-led lessons of about 6 hours a week include both theory and practical work. In addition to this, the students will also have access SAE's facilities to further develop their skills and have benefit from to one-to-one tutor support.  

DURATION: 6 months part-time

FEES: £1,750

NEXT INTAKE: 27 March 2017, 30 October 2017 

AVAILABLE AT: Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Oxford


What you will learn

  • Music and Genre
  • Songwriting processes
  • Building a hit song
  • Music theory
    • Rhythm, Signatures, Grooves
    • Harmony, Chords, Keys
  • Arrangement
  • MIDI
  • Apple Logic
  • Synthesisers
  • Programming beats
  • Song structure
  • Sound Theory
  • EQ & Filters
  • Dynamic Processors
  • Reverb, Delays and other FX
  • Lyric writing
  • Studio Setup
  • Microphones
  • Recording techniques
  • Vocal Production 
  • Mixing 
  • Mastering
  • Music Industry insights
  • Copyright, publishing and record companies
  • Business models
  • Music Branding
  • Self Marketing
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

English Language not your first language? You will need a qualification

Students applying for short courses (up to 6 months duration) and whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English to CEFR level B1.

IELTS (Academic and General) : Minimum 4 in each component Pearson PTE Minimum 36 in each component

Non-EU applicants are advised that the Home Office no longer accept ETS exams as evidence of English language ability. This includes the TOEFL iBT test, provided by ETS.

Students without a formal language qualification will need an interview with the programme leader.

Non UK/EU students will need a student visitor VISA in order to attend the course.
 For more information please visit the UKBA student visitor page


Fees & Funding



All fees are inclusive of VAT. Once you have completed your booking form, we will contact you to arrange payment of a £20% deposit with the remaining balance due two weeks before the start date.

*Payment plans for this course are available in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us if you would like to arrange to pay in instalments


The course opens up the world of songwriting and composing to those that succesfully complete it. 

Careers range from singer songwriters and performers, to music producers, composer for film, composers for games and many more. 

Many students opt to further their studies in the field through the Audio Production degree to offer them more career opportunities as well as gain more production skills for the audio production industry.