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Songwriting Tool Kit (Recording)

SG $210.00SG $300.00

As the saying goes, in Songwriting, ‘there are no rules, only tools’. This course will present participants with a host of tools for writing harmony, lyrics and melody. Participants should emerge from the class with more confidence, experience, and a bunch of new ideas and approaches to writing songs.

Derek Fawcett has shared stages with Peter Frampton, Ben Folds, America, Lifehouse, Pat Benatar, Colin Hay, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, and backed up Chance The Rapper at Lollapalooza. The Chicago Tribune calls Derek’s music “…austere singer-songwriter stuff of surpassing grace.” and recent EDM toplining collaborations w/Jessica Chertock have netted more than a million streams globally.

Derek has been recognized for Excellence in Teaching, currently serves as singing and songwriting faculty at both NYU and Berklee, and hosts The MusicAnswers Podcast: A series of interviews with activists and experts about the rights of music creators. He is a member of both the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and The Association for Popular Music Education (APME) and has presented at both organization’s annual conferences. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Songwriting from NYU.

Week 1:
Introduction, Lyric Tools, Lyric Tool Assignment

Week 2:
Discuss Lyric Tool Assignment, Melody Tools, Melody Tool Assignment

Week 3:
Discuss Melody Tool Assignment, Harmony Tools, Harmony Tool Assignment

Week 4:
Discuss Harmony Tool Assignment, Song Prompt, Work on Prompt in Class

Week 5:
Present Works in Progress, Continued Prompt Work in Class, More Presentations

Week 6:
Students Present Works In Progress

Active participants will be given techniques and instructions that will help them write isolated elements of songs (lyrical and musical sections that achieve specific musical objectives) between course sessions.  These elements will be presented, discussed, and analyzed in sessions, and where appropriate, stitched together to create larger foundations for eventual complete songs.


This course is supported under UTAP for 50% course fee support.

National Instructors & Coaches Association (NICA) was formed by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to be the collective voice to support freelance coaches and instructors from sports, outdoor learning and adventure, visual and performing arts, fitness and wellness, and enrichment, to strengthen skills, standards and opportunities.

In supporting NICA members with skills deepening programmes such as the courses offered by SEA Music Academy Online, NICA members enjoy lower course fees through the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) which provides 50% subsidy of the balance unfunded course fee, up to $250 per calendar year. Till 31 December 2025, NICA members aged 40 years and above will enjoy higher funding support up to $500 per calendar year, capped at 50% of unfunded course fee.

If you wish to be part of a bigger voice for coaches and instructors, please sign up to be a NICA member at (Note: to indicate ‘NICA’ under the field for Company Name).

Find out more about NICA at: or

Here are some additional info regarding UTAP eligibility:

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  3. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  6. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

Please refer to the UTAP Application Guide for members to apply UTAP via the U-Portal. Should trainees have queries on the funding scheme, they can email to or call NTUC Membership Hotline at 6213-8008.


Yes, they will be made available for participants until 6 months after the completion of each course.

E-certificates will be issued on course completion to Active Participants.

Active Participants will be involved in class participation: interacting with course instructors, receiving feedback on class assignments/submissions, and they will have playing opportunities in class etc. Observers will be observing these segments of the class.

Active Participants will receive an E-certificate of participation, and Observers will receive a certificate of attendance.

5 days before the course commences.

Yes, simply get your friends together and send us an email to request for a second round of the course! If we receive sufficient signups we will repeat the course.

We do not conduct make-up classes. Learners who miss a session can catch up on the class content by watching the session recording thereafter. If there are any class assignments, learners are to contact the instructor directly.

We at the Academy do our utmost to make courses proceed as planned. However, there are times when unforeseen circumstances force a class to be cancelled. When this happens, we are committed to refunding the total amount, in an efficient manner, including any costs of using third-party payment gateways.

Should a participant need to cancel, we will make efforts to accommodate refunds, though costs of using third-party payment gateways will be borne by the participant.

Late cancellations may not be able to be refunded, as they will have been factored into the confirmation of running the course. We will provide a full refund for cancellations up to 2 weeks before the start of a course, following this a 50% refund with up to 1 week of notice. Notifications of fewer than 7 days will most likely not be eligible for a refund. We thank you for your understanding.