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Saturday Songwriting School

  • 29 Brook Road Rayleigh United Kingdom (map)

Saturday’s in term time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Who is this for?

Aimed at anyone in senior school, up to 18 years old, who writes or wants to learn to write songs. (If your child is too young, click here to take a look at our junior workshops) Whether you’re a singer who wants to broaden your horizons or a musician who wants to learn the skills to get your music heard.


  • Learn song composition: how to build on basic chords

  • Lyric writing: learn creative ways to tell your story, how to find inspiration and tips and tricks on how to finish writing the song.

  • Musicianship: brush up on your theory, playing skills, learn a new instrument, play with other musicians.

  • Technical skills: learn how to maximise use of programmes such as Garage Band, how to put together demos and record

  • Improve performance: work with established performers to understand more about how to perform in front of an audience:

    • Students have an end of term showcase to an invited audience of family and close friends, to start performing their latest work

    • We also host a an bi-monthly event, in collaboration with SOSLAM and Southend YMCA. This is a formal gig environment, to provide the opportunity to get used to this kind of set up. Performing in this is not compulsory, but all students are encouraged to take part (click here for the latest event details)

  • The Music Business: understand more about the business side of Music: how to promote yourself and to manage releasing your music.

How to get involved …

Get in touch below to talk to us about popping into a session, our end of term showcase or even just to have a chat about whether the School is for you/your child/young person.

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Nicola Collis - Professional musician, songwriter and guitar coach. Nicola is a published Singer/Songwriter with album and EP releases under her belt. Her most recent 'Down Side Up' was released earlier this year with an accompanying video for her single 'Kiss Goodbye' (Click here to watch).

Louisa Strachan – Professional vocal coach songwriter and singer: Louisa works with singers to develop them both vocally and as artists and has lots of experience performing in bands and in the Theatre. 

Davey Hal – Professional musician, actor and songwriter. Davey regularly plays gigs around the town, along with writing and releasing his own music. You can also find Davey treading the boards once a year as part of the ‘Improvised Panto’ with local improve group.    

Toby Shaer – Multi-instrumentalist, professional touring musician and songwriter who has shared the stage with some of the finest artists on the folk/country music scene.