Gary Barlow to teach songwriting online as BBC launches new e-learning service

02 February 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The BBC has launched BBC Maestro, where brand new courses are taught by some of the most experienced creators in the world

Gary Barlow, lead singer of Take That, teaches the Songwriting course direct from his piano. He gives 29 lessons on the topic, including advice on how to choose your first keyboard, how to find your voice, switching from major to minor, experimenting with chords, and more.

The singer and songwriter comments: "I’ve been studying composition, songwriting and performance for the better part of 30 years. I’ve learnt a few things along the way; things that help the process, things that inspire the process. Hopefully this course will inspire you. Maybe you’re going to write something today that is going to change the course of your life forever.”

You can watch the trailer for his course below.


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Other courses on offer by BBC Maestro include Writing for Children by David Walliams, Writing Drama for Television by Jed Mercurio and Delicious Food Cooked Simply by Marco Pierre White.

Each of the lessons is filmed in 4K, and each course is accompanied by downloadable course notes filled with hints, tips and a breakdown of each Maestro’s course.

You can find out more about Gary Barlow's Songwriting course here.