Improve creative skills, explore what’s possible and be guided by a mentor every step of the way
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 turn those dreams into a reality.
Songs written in this Course have gone on to win awards in the ASME competition, are on radio stations around the world, and are shaping the careers of many young artists. Writing the songs is simply the start of this very exciting journey.
Josh joined the Songwriting Course and wrote 10 songs in 10 weeks. Afterwards he joined The Club then went on to achieve great success including winning the Battle of the Bands with his own songs.
Bite-sized weekly lessons from founder, Francesca de Valence, focusing on different aspects of songwriting, available to watch on demand
Weekly exercises to develop your creative skills
Weekly songwriting homework challenges based around each week’s lessons
Work at your own pace each week. You have the whole week to submit your songs. Your mentor feedback will be delivered within 48 hours of submission.
Your own professional songwriting mentor assigned to your group giving you personalised feedback every step of the way
Join as a small course group and learn how to give your fellow peers feedback on their songs
Bonus invitations to our I Heart Songwriting Club exclusive member events/workshops as they happen
Works with all timezones
No songwriting experience necessary
Paulina wrote her very first songs ever in our Songwriting Course and through the support of Level Up Club released 4 singles. With over 35,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, features on MTV and radio stations around Australia and Germany, Paulina is a success story in the making.
When you enroll in the Beginner’s Course, we group you with a small handful of like-level songwriters and a mentor for a 10-week term. We have 5 start dates per year, but can start more regularly upon demand. Once your Course has started, we will email you to let you know.
Receive Video Lessons
Each week, we guide you through short and powerful video lessons teaching you about different elements of songwriting – including musical, lyrical, structural and creative process. You’ll be given an exercise to practice working with these elements, before doing your homework, which is to write a song using these elements. This course is aimed at absolute beginners, so don’t worry if you don’t know where to start – we will show you.
Write and Submit your Song
Each week, you also get a songwriting task – which includes a theme, a guideline and a time limit of 1 hour – very similar to how The Club works. Use the video guidance and exercise as the starting point for your song to develop. You can write your song at any time in your week and can submit at any point during the week. At the end of the hour, make a rough recording of your song on a voice memo app and upload your new song to your private course group for your mentor to give feedback on.
Receive Feedback (and give some too)
When your song is submitted, your mentor will be notified so that they can listen and offer you guidance, encouragement and feedback. You will also be notified when your group members submit their song so you can benefit from the huge learning opportunity that is listening and offering feedback in peer community. We also guide you on giving effective feedback.
Reap the Rewards
After 10 weeks, you will have 10 brand new songs with detailed feedback from your mentor and a much better understanding of how to write songs. You may choose to take the course again – with a new mentor and new songwriting tasks each week. Or if you feel you’re ready for The Club (and you’ve written at least 20 songs as a songwriter) then feel free to join.
Your Teacher and Mentors
Meet Your Teacher Francesca de Valence
Francesca de Valence is an award-winning songwriter, educator and founder of I Heart Songwriting Club. With a Masters in Music and music and education undergraduate degrees, she has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, spoken at conferences around the world, and facilitated songwriting workshops for APRA AMCOS (AUS/NZ), IMRO (IRE), UBC (BR) and more.
Our mentors are published, award-winning songwriters and internationally recognised artists who have spent decades refining their craft. They have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to share and their guidance and accountability is going to help make your dreams a reality faster and more efficiently than if you were trying to do it alone.
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.
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. The program has been so good for him.
All of the lessons and changing themes allowed me to learn the skill of songwriting quickly and write what I felt at that time. I enjoyed being challenged to learn new skills with different instruments.
My favourite part was receiving encouraging constructive feedback from my mentor. I tried to take that feedback and use it in my next song. I even wrote a song for my dad during the week of Fathers Day which he loved. It was an amazing experience, I enjoyed all of it so much! I can’t wait to do it again!”
The students are not only learning the skills of songwriting but the skills required to give and receive positive and constructive feedback with each other. The mentorship with the assigned professional songwriter has been invaluable and their guidance has been encouraging whilst also challenging Sienna to continue to look at ways of improving. Feeling confident after her first 10 songs, Sienna submitted to the ASME Songwriting Competition and received second place for one of her songs written as a part of the course. She is currently enrolled in her fourth course, with new challenges, group members and a new mentor, and continues to enjoy writing a song each week.
In I Heart Songwriting Club, Sienna has found a place where she is embraced and encouraged to tap into her creativity on a regular basis. To Francesca, thank you for creating a space that has been so welcoming and relevant. I encourage anyone considering I Heart Songwriting Club to take the leap, you won’t regret it for a moment.
I was suspicious and wondered how kids could learn songwriting online. 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.
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.
The young songwriters pictured in the top banner are Grace, Costa, Elijah, George, Georgia, Brodie, Lee, Mel, Josh, Oriana, Sienna, Sofia, Scarlett, Zoe, Paulina. We have permission to use their image.
I Heart Songwriting Club is a global community of passionate songwriters who love to help and inspire people to become great songwriters!