• angelablacklaw

Archetypes and songwriting in education

As both a songwriter and a development specialist, it seemed natural to me to put archetypes and songwriting together. I was curious though, whether and how it would be useful for that creative process to happen consciously. That became the subject of my ICMP undergraduate dissertation and then - after I started to teach at ICMP - I started to experiment with embedding it into the creative songwriting curriculum."

Archetypes now form part of the BA in Songwriting curriculum where students explore 12 archetypes using writing briefs.

Angela continued: "We find it is particularly helpful to inspire songs that might be very different from students' usual repertoire, which helps to keep things fresh and to keep the archetype in mind when editing the song to ensure it is really focused."

Jonathan Whiskerd, BA Songwriting Programme Leader, added: "Angela's work on the use of Jungian archetypes in songwriting teaching is, as far as we can ascertain, the first of its kind. It is a great example of innovative practice and not only shows off the quality of songwriting teaching at ICMP but the creativity at the heart of our faculty."

You can read about Angela's research here:

Visit to find out more about Angela and her workshops using the technique.

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