I Heart Songwriting Club



Write Songs Like Never Before in I Heart Songwriting Club's Totally Online Songwriting Course for Kids

Picture coming home from school, running into your room and one hour later emerging with a brand new song. And while you’re at school the next day, your songwriting mentor is giving you feedback on your song...

This exciting opportunity for all kids aged 10-17 yo will not only help them improve their creative skills and explore what's possible, but they will be guided with their own professional songwriting mentor every step of the way so that they are constantly supported to write 10 songs in the 10 week course.

If they read music, that's great. If they don't, that's fine. We will show them everything they need each week. The total time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week and is not time specific.

This opportunity is for every kid who dreams of writing and playing their own songs. And this course helps them turns those dreams into a reality.

Kids and Parents Love It

More Motivated Now Than Ever
"I am constantly blown away by Costa's development in the I Heart Songwriting Club Songwriting Course for Kids. I was a little concerned at how he'd manage everything, however he seems more motivated now than ever.

I think his efforts this week are his most refined yet. He messaged me whilst I was out late doing some work stuff and said "Dad, listen to my song." My phone was nearly out of battery but I had a listen over Bluetooth in the car and there was no way I could not be impressed!

He's definitely got something worthy to add to his high school applications. He now sees what's possible as result of this program and he's approached the school Rock Club to join with the intention of introducing some of his own music and he sees how it would be possible for him to perform an original song for Queensland Show Choir's President's Trophy Night this year.

The program has been so good for him.
" - Craig (Parent)

Increases Confidence and Independent Learning
"When a friend from Queensland Show Choir told me about I Heart Songwriting Club’s online songwriting course for kids, I was suspicious and wondered how kids could learn songwriting online. I signed up my son, Albert in May this year, but didn’t have any great expectations, especially as Albert is only 9 years old.

I am very surprised and impressed with how much Albert has learned. He was struggling a little bit at the beginning when he was hesitant in putting his thoughts into words and was worried that his song was too naïve. By his 7th song, he became very confident in what he needed to do and was not afraid of making mistakes.

His lyrics have good rhymes and tell a fun story. He always has a beautiful smile while singing his own songs with piano. What else could I ask for?

Through the songwriting course, I also notice that Albert started playing more piano by himself, rather than me pushing him to practice. Inspired by his weekly lessons, his teacher Francesca de Valence, his mentor Resin Moon and the bigger kids in the club, he also started learning ukulele independently.

I Heart Songwriting Club online songwriting course makes it so easy and fun for kids to learn songwriting. It is definitely worthwhile to give a try, even if you might be as suspicious as I was before. Albert is definitely staying on for Term 3."
- Gloria (Parent)

It's So Easy
"I now know how easy it can be to just write music"
- Alex (14 yo songwriter)

“This course is really amazing. Highly recommended.”
- Vanessa (Parent)

Important Dates and Costs

  • Receive weekly lessons from founder, Francesca de Valence, focusing on different aspects of songwriting
  • Weekly exercises to sharpen your skills
  • Weekly songwriting challenges - yes, you will be writing a song each week
  • Your own professional songwriting mentor assigned to your group giving you personalised feedback every step of the way
  • Small peer group community
  • Invitations to our I Heart Songwriting Club exclusive member events/workshops
  • No schedules, work at your own pace each week. Lessons are available on playback and you have the week to submit your songs. Your mentor feedback is delivered within 48 hours of submission.

Specific start date is based on enrolment numbers. All prices are inclusive of GST.

Enrol Online in just 2 minutes. Enrolments close the day before term commencement.


Some songs written in this Course have gone on to win awards in the ASME competition, and are on radio stations around the country, and some are shaping the careers of young artists, being released and receiving over 25,000 streams on Spotify. Writing the songs is simply the start of this very exciting journey.


Your Teacher

Francesca de Valence
Founder of I Heart Songwriting Club

Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, international speaker and educator, and founder of I Heart Songwriting Club; helping emerging singer-songwriters inspire their way to success in a music career they love. She has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Music Awards with an International Songwriter of the Year Award and also holds an Australian Songwriting Award. Francesca has supported artists including Jimmy Webb, her music can be heard on ABC radio around Australia.

With a background in tertiary, secondary and primary music education (M.Mus, B.Mus, B.Ed), Francesca now writes a monthly column for Songwriting Magazine UK, has a fortnightly ABC Radio songwriting segment and facilitates songwriting workshops nationally and internationally for PROs including APRA AMCOS (Australia/New Zealand) & IMRO (Ireland).

Your Mentors

Sam Buckingham

A genuine folk troubadour, Sam Buckingham is praised as "gorgeous and moving... with an authenticity that is undeniable" (The Au Review). Marrying folk and singer-songwriter roots with modern pop ideals, her intricate storytelling weaves effortlessly inside gorgeous melodies, delivered by a voice equally effective sounding carefree, melancholic or strong and sure of her place in the world.

She’s toured alongside the likes of Kasey Chambers, Katie Noonan, James Reyne and Lior, was long listed for the esteemed Australian Music Price and has traveled to Nashville and New York City to collaborate with some of the USA’s most celebrated writers including Kim Richey, Brice Wallace, Marc Copely and Mary Lee Kortes.

Independent and self managed, Buckingham delivers an intimate and heart slamming performance every time, whether playing House Concerts to her grass roots fan base or sold out theatre shows and festivals.

“Her songwriting and astounding voice gripped me” - Timber & Steel

Dave Crowe

Known by his stage name of Resin Moon, electronic producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Crowe hails from the desert town of Alice Springs located in Central Australia.

A lifelong musician, Crowe began experimenting with beats and electronic production at the age of 16, and in 2013, his track "Awake" won the NT Song of the Year award and was picked up by a number of triple j DJs, effectively launching his career. In 2014 he went on to land songs on major international T.V shows “Akward” (MTV) and “Made in Chelsea” (UK Channel 4) and a soon to be released U.S feature film "Grounded". In 2016 his self-released single "Salt" went on to win another NT Song of the Year award and reached over 1 million streams on Spotify and Apple music combined. He signed a publishing deal with Gaga Music and a distribution deal with Believe to release his debut EP, also titled “Salt".

Arriving on his own label Sing Hum, the EP featured collaborations with notable Northern Territory artists Broadwing, Xavia and Ed Francis and was followed up by a national headline tour. A year later, in 2017 Resin Moon won the triple j unearthed prize to play Bass In The Grass festival, following up with a sold out Australian tour supporting Sydney artists Boo Seeka, then landing a showcase at BIGSOUND. In November 2018, Crowe released the Nothing To See single, in advance of his debut album released in early 2019.

Helen Shanahan

Perth, WA born folk singer-songwriter, Helen Shanahan is currently based in London recording her second album. A published songwriter with Mushroom Music, Helen’s thoughtful observations and introverted reflections of everyday situations are beautifully captured in her music.

A graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) majoring in voice, Helen has released 2 EPs and a debut album with considerable success. In 2013 she won the songwriting award in the national competition ‘Telstra Road to Discovery’. She has played at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, BIGSOUND festival in Brisbane, Queenscliff music festival, the iconic New York bar ‘The Bitter End’, and the Americana festival in Nashville.

Helen has played support to Passenger, Matt Corby, The Basement Birds, The Paper Kites, Lewis Watson, Ian Moss, Angie McMahon and Jeff Martin. In 2018 Helen won the Western Australian Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ award for her song ‘I Only Hide’.