Develop creative writing and composition skills through lyric and song writing

FOR: Primary and secondary schools (whole classes, years groups and key stages), students (up to the age of 21) in Further Education, individual singer-songwriters, bands
DATES: Deadline for submitting songs to the project is 19/03/2021

Our county-wide song writing project returns for 2021 under a new name: The Rhapsody Song Writing Project. As in previous years, the overall aim of the project is to support participants in the creation, rehearsal and performance of their own song. For this year’s project we are asking participants to use their experiences during 2020, and the impact it had on their world, as the starting point for their song.

As with the original projects, the aim is still to get all participants writing their own material. Completed songs can be uploaded to the Rhapsody chart where the public can listen to and comment on them. All participants are supported with resources (including video tutorials) to help fuel creativity. The project was launched by Cambridgeshire Music for the first time in September 2016 and is delivered in partnership with Cambridge News & Media

Our Offer

- The option of three different Pathways to choose from and resources to support you on your song writing journey:

Pathway 1: Write lyrics or a poem based on this year’s theme
Pathway 2: Write lyrics and a melody line to one of our backing tracks
Pathway 3: Write an original song

- Creative writing and song writing schemes of work, webinars and video tutorials developed by our music specialists

- Resources pack includes backing tracks if needed

- Option to submit your completed song to the Rhapsody chart. Share with friends and families and encourage online listening to your new song

- Feedback from professional songwriters to submitted songs

- Potential to be invited to perform your song at a virtual celebration concert

The Rhapsody Song Writing Project supports young people of all ages to write, record and perform high quality new songs


The project supports participants to achieve the following learning outcomes:

- Improved understanding and confidence in creating lyrics, melodies and accompaniments
- Embedding creative writing and English skills in an enjoyable approach to learning
- Supporting wellbeing and resilience

Arts Award and Artsmark

Participation in the Rhapsody Song Writing Project can be used as evidence to support an Arts Award Discover, Explore or Bronze. For schools working towards their Artsmark accreditation, Rhapsody can also be used as evidence of Pupil Engagement, Range of Offer, Partnerships’ and CPD.


Pathway 1 - FREE
- Write a poem or lyrics based on this year’s theme
- Includes a scheme of work and pre-recorded webinar
- Prize for winning category songs is the opportunity to have your lyrics set to music by a professional song writer

Pathway 2 & 3 SCHOOLS - £45
- Includes video tutorials, webinars and schemes of work
- Backing tracks included as part of the Pathway 2 package
- Fee also includes option to upload resources onto your schools VLE

Pathway 2 & 3 INDIVIDUALS - £5
- Includes video tutorials, webinars and schemes of work
- Backing tracks included as part of the Pathway 2 package

Sign up via your Cambridgeshire Music online account by the 18th March 2021. To register for an account, or to sign in please go to My Account. and follow the instructions.