Songwriting + Production Short Course

Want to dive deeper and explore your passion?

If you’re the type of person who thinks outside the box and wants to discover your creative side and unlock the possibilities of a career in one of the many growing areas in the Creative Industries, then challenge yourself to take this next step. This January School Holidays Short Courses are available for High School students going into grades 9 - 12 in 2021 or who have just completed grade 12 in 2020.

Songwriting + Production Short Course

Write, record and mix an original song!

4 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st January 2021
Early Bird ticket price: $324 (save 10% - valid until 11:59pm, Monday 21 December 2020)
General Admission ticket price: $360

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JMC will be providing the opportunity for Songwriters, Producers and Instrumentalists to work together in small groups and as individuals to write, record and mix an original song. On the last day of the Short Course the completed songs will be played to a panel of industry professionals who will provide feedback on the final song. 

DAY 1: Introduction to songwriting – song analysis, harmonic progressions, form, groove.

Morning Session - Classroom
Introduction to concepts of songwriting:
- Form/Structure – how these are applied to pop songwriting
- Melody and Harmony – how these work together

Afternoon Session – Classroom / Rehearsal Rooms
- Lyrics: concepts, lyrical hooks, lyrical development
- Groove: writing to a groove, how does melody change based on groove?

DAY 2: Working with Logic Pro / Ableton Live as a songwriting tool – loops, rhythm section. 

Morning Session – MIDI Labs
Fundamentals of using Logic Pro / Ableton Live: 
- Structuring a session
- Using Ableton Live functions
- MIDI mapping

Afternoon Session – MIDI Labs
Ableton Live as a Songwriting Tool:
- Using loops and samples to create textures over which to map a melody and lyrics
- Using loops and samples to create originality
- Using loops and samples to diversify and create new form and structure within a pop song

DAY 3: Rehearse and Record

Morning Session – MIDI Labs
- Recording audio using Ableton Live
- Arranging, editing and manipulating recorded audio

Afternoon Session – Rehearsal Rooms
- Arranging for Live Band - enhancing original tracks
- Recording with Live Band - recording basics

DAY 4: Mixing + Feedback

Morning Session – MIDI Labs
- Mixing Fundamentals
- Mixing

Afternoon Session
- Playback of tracks
- Feedback from panel

Short Course requirements and details:

  • All participants must be going into school grades 9 - 12 in 2021 or have just completed grade 12 in 2020.
  • All Short Courses will be held at JMC Academy.
  • Short Courses will run during January 2021.
  • Price of Short Course includes lunch and light snacks for each participant.
  • All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation featuring details of the Short Course they have completed. This Certificate can be included in the participants resume.
  • JMC Academy reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of cancellation, participants will receive a minimum of 24 hours notice and a full refund will be given.
  • Content presented in the courses may slightly vary from the descriptions included above.
  • Photos will be taken during the short course. If you would not like your photo taken please let us know by emailing