This course was created by the Song Collectors Collective to train the next generation of song collectors in four pathways toward song collecting (indexing, transcribing, editing, and publishing).

This course aims to:

• Train you as a song collector

• Develop awareness of traditional song in a global context

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to (depending on the pathway(s) you choose): 

1. Edit existing recordings to a professional standard

2. Transcribe existing recordings to a professional standard

3. Index & archive existing recordings to a professional standard

4. Make new recordings with an awareness of the ethical and technical processes involved

5. Complete a relevant health and safety assessment demonstrating your knowledge of the risks and potential hazards involved in song collecting

6. Assess peers recording, editing, indexing, and archiving skills



The Team

Duncan Williams       8 kudos

Academic and sound enthusiast, based at Plymouth University in the ICCMR (Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music research). Working with the Song Collector...

Thomas Black-Roff       0 kudos

Hello everyone, I'm a teacher for this course and I can't wait to learn with all of you.

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Hello everyone, I'm a teacher for this course and I can't wait to learn with all of you.

The Community

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More Information

The Song Collectors Collective celebrates the people who conserve rare oral culture within their communities in Britain, Ireland and beyond. It aims to empower a new generation of collectors while inspiring the ongoing exploration of and creativity within these communities, see songcollectors.org for more information.

The aim of the SCC is to record more than just songs but stories, family histories, yarns, folk knowledge, lore and experiences of social change. The material gleaned will then be edited, indexed and hosted on a dedicated website and associated Face Book pages with unrestricted access for both the families represented and enthusiasts of wider British Folk and G&T culture and traditional song and story enthusiasts. Copies of the indexes and recordings will also be gifted to Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) and the National Sound Archive (NSA) .

Song Collectors Pathway

Status: Self-paced

Students: 148