The 4-day songwriting workshops are designed for music students and anyone with an interest in learning or furthering their songwriting skills. Up to eight students are led through group and individual tasks designed to give them skills to write both songs and instrumental music. Focus is given to lyric writing, chord sequencing, dynamics and melodic writing as well as a basic grounding in how to use Logic Pro X. We give students the tools to find the inspiration to get started, and teach them how to think in different ways to develop their songs, with an eye on how to constructively evaluate their own, and others’ work.
Students leave the workshop with a mixed and produced recording of their final song, and the knowledge of how to start and finish a song, with loads of tips on overcoming writers block.
Songwork International was created to offer enrichment and support to students and staff of leading international schools, by providing a wide variety of workshops, one-to-one sessions, curricular & extra curricular music lessons, and experiences. Many of our long-term students have formalised their studies in the music & entertainment industries, and are now beginning successful careers as songwriters & artists, so in addition to our work with international schools we have an evolving client list of international artists and breakthrough acts.
The Songwork team stay active and relevant in the international music scene, and as such can offer students many opportunities in addition to our formal company services. From introductions to record labels & music publishers, to mentoring with internationally recognised songwriters, to industry support & knowledge – we’re here to turn your idea into a career.
Songwork was integral to the development of my love for music. The workshops opened my eyes to new skills and developed my musicianship beyond what I could have ever imagined. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone!Student, Royal Northern College of Music
Like throwing a pebble into a still pool, your workshop provoked reverberations throughout the learners that attended and all became more engaged as a result.Andrew Fordham, Nexus International School
Roo is a star! He is a very bright and intelligent business leader. He is one of the smartest people I've met in the entertainment business with intense passion for his craft. I highly recommend Roo's work and hope to see him shortly in another part of the world.Patrick F. Sullivan, President & CEO, RightsFlow (New York City)
You really have lit a fire underneath the spark that was already there and I am so grateful for your encouraging words. The experience was definitely one of the highlights for me as a mother.Parent, Tanglin Trust School
I’ve worked with Songwork for many years; their workshops drastically helped improve my songwriting. I learned methods and techniques to write creative and meaningful lyrics, even with writer's block. The Masterclass provided industry connections and opportunities that will have a major impact on my future.Student, Goldsmiths University
Roo is one of the good guys, a clever and knowledgeable chap and honest... a rare thing in my line of business. He is a music man through and through.Sir Harry Cowell, MD, Private and Confidential Music Ltd (London)
Songwork certainly left an impact on my musical career. Before working with them, I felt that my pieces were always missing something. Songwork enlightened me on the process of producing music and showed me new methods of mixing and mastering. They really helped widen my view of music production. The friendships I made at the workshops are invaluable and are now musicians I know I can rely on.Student, Fettes College
I am delighted that you are associated with the school, and I am very happy to support your initiatives.Peter Derby-Crook, CEO, Tanglin Trust School
I don’t think people appreciate how hard it is to find people who’ll genuinely help you try to make the music you hear in your head. Songwork is just a place full of those people, people who’ll listen and support and have a stake in my music more than I could do alone.Student, University of St. Andrews
Songwork helped me build my musical career. The songwriting workshops and masterclasses taught me so many valuable things and I was able to collaborate with many people. Roo has been one of the most important people in kickstarting my dream career, he has believed in me from the beginning and here I am now with my first song release. If it wasn’t for him and Songwork I wouldn’t be where I am today.Artist and songwriter, Prolific Songs
I can't say enough positive things about Roo and the work he's done with his artists, under publishing, management and as label manager. Hugely personable, terrific communicator and works every last second to get results on projects he's involved with. It's always a pleasure working with him.Peggy Manning, Owner, Fistral PR (Manchester)