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How To Choose Between Songwriting and Vocals at BIMM Berlin

18th July 2017

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Many of our students ask us the question: “How can we choose between Songwriting and Vocals?” We completely understand the conundrum – it’s an important decision to make and both disciplines are intrinsically linked.

So, here are our top tips, and issues to take into consideration, as you mull over your choice:

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  • Research the modules: Have a look over the modules for the two courses and think of your career path. Do the modules fit the journey that you envisage for yourself? Songwriting modules can be found here and Vocals modules are here. It’s worth noting the optional modules in each course, as you may still be able to incorporate Songwriting or Vocals in your course in years 2 and 3.
  • Define your goals: The main question that you should ask yourself is ‘what is my goal and how can I get there?’ It may not be the obvious answer. Perhaps you want to sing and have a strong voice but your songwriting skills need further development in order to achieve your goals – or vice versa. Think carefully about what it is that you want to learn from BIMM.
  • Discover the tutors: One of the most exciting things about BIMM Berlin is that we have a roster of music industry specialists delivering our courses and sharing their knowledge with you. Perhaps you’d love to learn Vocals from Shon Abram who provided vocals for the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, or maybe you’re keen to work with Cian Walsh from chart topping band Toy Soldier, who is also the Head of Songwriting. Here’s a link to all of the tutors so you can do your own research. But remember, you can book tutorials with any of the tutors at BIMM Berlin – they don’t need to teach your course, so you never need to miss out.
  • Give us a call: If you’re still torn between the two courses, then give our Admissions Team a call on +49 303 11 99 186 or email them at [email protected] and they can talk you through things in more detail.

Best of luck with your decision – it’s a hard choice to make but what a nice position to be in, with so many great options available to you!


Lucy Donovan

Lucy is the International Marketing Manager for BIMM Berlin and Hamburg.