Toolkit for songwriting


Price: $1.00

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Course description

The TOOLKIT FOR SONGWRITING course provides a comprehensive information package on writing songs.

The course covers topics such as the balance, structure, harmony, melody, rhythm, timbre, lyrics, hooks and co-writing of a song, and gives advice on what to do if a song just doesn’t work.

The instructor is Laura Sippola, who is a pianist-singer-songwriter and teacher of songwriting. She holds a doctorate in music.

The course includes a comprehensive set of pre-recorded video lessons as well as song writing exercises.

The videos will be made available for the selected students at the first meeting!


The course is free of charge in the pilot phase and is primarily aimed at people living in Southern Ostrobothnia. As this course is part of a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), all participants are required to fill in monitoring information and feedback forms related to ESF projects.

The course consists of pre-recorded video materials, three online meetings, and exercises.

Please refer to the Schedule box for the dates of the joint online sessions and their contents.

Following successful applications, ten people will be selected for the course.

The selected students will receive further information by email.


In the last course video, the trainer will give instructions for the assignment that will be discussed during the first joint session.


Click the ”Submit application” button at the top of the page and fill in the application form (make sure you are registered prior to submission). All applicants will be notified personally of their possible admission to the course and sent further instructions on how to proceed.


Laura Sippola is a pianist-singer-songwriter and a music educator. She has a long career as an independent artist with a unique voice of her own, and holds a doctorate in music. Sippola has released seven self-titled solo albums, her latest releases under the pseudonym A U R A L. Sippola teaches songwriting at the Open Campus of the University of the Arts in Helsinki and at the Critical Academy and holds workshops on songwriting.


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Laura Sippola

Doctor of Music, pianist, singer-songwriter and lyric writing teacher

Laura Sippola is a pianist, singer-songwriter and music educator with a doctorate degree in music and a lengthy career as an independent artist with her unique voice. She has published seven solo albums under her own name, while her latest releases are under the artist name A U R A L. Sippola teaches songwriting at the University of the Arts Helsinki Open Campus and the Critical Academy (Kriittinen Korkeakoulu) and holds regular songwriting workshops.