How To Write Better Songs with Emily Barker (Night) with Emily Barker

Got a songwriting itch you want to scratch? This course led by award winning singer-songwriter Emily Barker, is suitable for songwriters at all stages, including beginners. Originally from Bridgetown, WA, Emily Barker has just returned to home shores after living in the UK for the past 21 years and working professionally in the music industry. Emily is keen to share the songwriting and compositional techniques she's learnt along the way, and to help songwriters improve their craft through lyric, melody and structure development, music theory, and constructive editorial feedback on songs. Each session will start with an informal lecture, followed by a writing exercise and prompts to inspire new songs. Engage in guided collaboration with other students and take up the opportunity to share songs in a one-to-one feedback session with Emily during the course.

What to bring:-

  • Notebook & pen
  • Songs you're working on!
  • Your own preferred instrument


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email to discuss suitability and how we can help.

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Tutor Emily Barker

Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC's hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.

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