Songwriting Summer School

Course Details

Date Monday 07 August 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration Monday 7 - Thursday 10 August 2017; 10am - 5pm
Tutor Danny Cope & Ric Neale
Fee £360.00
Age 16+

The Course

This four-day course is aimed at those of you with some experience in music who are looking to develop and shape your songs into mini masterpieces with expert guidance.

Who is it for?

  • Musicians and songwriters looking for new ideas and approaches (the course will not be suitable for beginners given the use of chords and musical terms etc.)
  • Musicians who may be accomplished on their instrument but who have had very little experience of constructing and developing their skills as a songwriter
  • Educators looking for inspiration in their teaching

Featuring both practical and classroom sessions, this course will provide you with listening materials and carefully chosen examples in order to demonstrate the key skills of the songwriter. You will receive advice and feedback on your work both individually and in a group context to aid your development.


Danny Cope

Danny is a bass guitarist though he frequently performs and writes on the guitar and piano too. He has released four solo self-produced albums, has worked as a session bass player for 12 years, worked as a songwriting consultant to the Open University, written as a freelance music journalist, penned the book ‘Righting Wrongs in Writing Songs’, 'Everything You Need To Know About Setting Up A Bedroom Studio' and delivered songwriting seminars around the UK. He now works as a Staff Composer for Universal Publishing Production Music, and is an Apple Accredited Logic trainer whilst working as Pathway Leader in Popular Music and as Principal Lecturer in Composition at Leeds College of Music.

Ric Neale

Ric Neale is a professional musician and songwriter. In 2013, two songs he co-wrote got into the top ten of the UK Songwriting Contest and, with his band The Housekeeping Society, he has been commissioned to create music for a wide range of musical projects. As well as writing songs for the show "Dancing With The Orange Dog" which toured nationally and creating the piece "45RPM" for the art exhibition "Thud, Crackle, Pop" in partnership with visual artist Pete McKee, The Housekeeping Society have released four concept albums. Ric was invited to write a segment in Andrew Dubber's book "The 360 Degree Deal" and has lectured on songwriting for over ten years.


We are pleased to be able to offer an accommodation package at Liberty Dock in Leeds City Centre for this Summer School for participants aged 16+.  Full details can be found on our Summer School Accommodation page (opens in a new tab).

If you would like to book accommodation, please ensure that you read the information on the accommodation page before completing the course booking form and payment.

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"Brilliant - the tutors worked so well together. The course has really made me think, and also given me the tools to improve my writing"

Songwriting Summer School participant, July 2016

"I never thought I would learn so many ways and ideas to write music - thank you, I really enjoyed it!"

Songwriting Summer School participant, July 2015


Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.


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