DIME ONLINE – Working in Partnership with City and Islington College

DIME ONLINE is delighted to be partnering with City and Islington College, London on an online songwriting project entitled ‘Your Song’. Over the last 10 weeks, students from City and Islington College have been working with one of our Songwriting faculty, Audra Kubat, an accomplished songwriter who is based in Detroit, Michigan and teaches for both DIME Detroit and DIME ONLINE.

We have been exploring a hybrid model whereby the students have been meeting weekly for a group session, supported by the Music Department. They have all engaged with the course materials via our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas through which they have been able to work live in real time with Audra and then continue their studies at a time to suit them, enabled by 24/7 access.

During the project students have worked individually and in groups to explore a wide range of inspirational materials ranging from The Beatles to Suzanne Vega to Janelle Monae. They have analysed song structures, written their own lyrics, experimented with melody, harmony, tempo and dynamics and on completion of the course they will create online portfolios to share the work that they have undertaken.

We are really excited by this initial collaboration with City and Islington College and look forward to future online collaborations!