Songwriting as an inclusive progression route

When music services integrate songwriting into their music education offer alongside instrumental teaching, they’re able to appeal to a wider range of young people, as well as develop a range of progression routes for them.

Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire music services all offer a programme called ‘Songwriter’ which began in Hertfordshire. Songwriter is an online community and competition aimed at nurturing and developing talented songwriters aged 8 -18. It offers an opportunity for young people to learn how to write, perform, record and promote their own songs and includes coaching and feedback from professional musicians as well as performance opportunities.

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