International Song-writing participation fee request by Lello Panico – 25-hour module each – CFA 4

Form: 25 hours 
CFA: 3
Teachers: Lello Panico 
Frequency: Every 2 weeks
Entry Requirements: Good musical knowledge
Class size: 12 students
Places available: 12
Limitations: Open to students of all academic courses and traditional two year programs, except students of the popular course for which it is already required in the study plan. Open to students for personalized courses for an additional fee (for information on costs, contact the Educational Secretariat).

Contents:

First year:

  • Study and harmonization of the various basic harmonic progressions typical of rock, blues, soul.
  • Study and analysis of the style of the major white English-speaking songwriters from the 1960s to the present day: Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Carol King, James Taylor.
  • Composition of original pieces in the style of at least 2 of the artists mentioned.
  • Composition of melodies on harmonic progressions given.
  • Composition of a song on a given metric frame.
  • Given the first 4 bars complete with melody and chords, compose a complete piece of 32 bars (AABA).

Second year:

  • Study and harmonization of the various harmonic progressions typical of Afro-American popular music.
  • Study and analysis of the style of the major African-American songwriters from the 1950s to the present day: pieces by Ray Charles, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Steve Cropper, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Willie Dixon, Michael McDonald, (Blue Eyes Soul), D’Angelo.
  • Composition of original pieces in the style of at least 2 of the artists mentioned.
  • Study and analysis of some Broadway Standards.
  • Composition of melodies on harmonic progressions typical of the style.
  • Composition of a song on a given metric frame.
  • Compose a piece in soul style on harmonic progressions of I / VI / II / V with chords of 7 ° major, minor and dominated altered and based on the vocal use of the pentatonic scale.

Objectives of the course:

The purpose of this course is to develop technical and artistic skills that lead to a conscious writing of both text and music.

Although we do not have academic rules for the composition of songs, there are however musical styles and compositional conventions that can be studied, cultivated and analyzed as models for learning to compose one’s own song.

The educational project of Song-writing continuously stimulates each student in order to bring out their artistic personality and their compositional talent, with properties of technical and expressive language typical of the song: a real “soundtrack” of our daily reality.

Eligibility on the part of the teacher