weekly beginner songwriting workshop

(4 weeks)

This course is designed for anyone starting out as a songwriter or for those who want to take their writing further. Each week will focus on a different aspect of songwriting, from song structure and chords to melody and lyrics. Along the way, we will go through exercises to get you started, and assignments to keep you busy in between classes!

We will also have listening and analysis of great songs to help you understand what makes them great! The course is taught by published songwriters with years of professional experience.

We keep the class size small, there will be a maximum of 5 participants for each course. 

Basic guitar or piano skills are a plus for this course, but not compulsory.

We would be happy to answer any queries or questions at londonsongwriterscollective@gmail.com.

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The classes will take place in our Brick Lane teaching studio


The next workshop TBA

4 x 2 hour sessions

Fee is £200


workshop leaders

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Rob Aitken

Rob has been a full time musician since 2000 and his career has taken him all over the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Central America.

As a studio session guitarist, Rob's credits include Incognito, Odyssey, Aled Jones and Yam Who. He has also composed and produced music for Apple, BBC, Warner Bros, Sample Magic, Dynamic Music & various soundtrack projects.

Rob is also active in the London live music scene which has lead him to perform at Europe's top festivals. Live performance credits include Faze Action, Julie Stirman, Fiona Pears, Odyssey, Carnival Cruise Lines, Windstar Cruises & Rachel Tucker (Wicked, West End & Broadway).



Julie Stirman

Singer / songwriter Julie Stirman is a native of Tennessee and holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Miami in Florida. Drawing on a wide range of American styles, Julie's songs combine jazz textures with the storytelling quality of bluegrass and country. Julie now lives and works in southeast London with her husband and songwriting partner Rob Aitken, an established session guitarist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Venues where Julie has performed include: The Pheasantry (London), The Oak Room (New York City), Carnegie Hall (NYC), The Juilliard School (NYC), The Metropolitan Room (NYC), The Oak Room (NYC), New York State Theatre InstituteThe Forge (London), Shakespeare Festival of Dallas (Texas), and Lyric Stage (Texas).

Julie currently writes and records library music for film, TV and commercials, which has been placed with publishers across America and Europe. Last year, Julie’s lyrics for her song “Please Waste My Time” were featured in the September issue of American Songwriter magazine.