Charles Jenkins

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Charles Jenkins

Charles Jenkins

Masters of Music candidate
Tutor in Songwriting
Music | School of Creative Arts and Media

Conservatorium of Music, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 7314 (phone)

Research Project: The Music of Poetry

An exploration of established poetic verse forms as inspiration for contemporary songwriting

I propose to research and analyse the origins, characteristics, developments and some of the exponents of up to 12 styles of poetic verse. The aim is to research the connections between poetry and song, as a means by which to highlight the differences and links between them as to benefit my own practice as a contemporary songwriter and as a songwriting teacher, and to produce an album of 12 new original songs.

The research aims to comprehend the mechanisms of these 12 styles, explore the relationships between poetic verse form and song, explore what has been written about the theory/practice/art/craft of songwriting, and important current trends in contemporary songwriting (exegesis) and employ the potential of their differences and commonalities in 12 new contemporary songs (folio).


Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician with more than 30 years experience who has released and toured 14 albums, both locally and internationally. His album Too Much Water In The Boat won The 2014 AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album.

Signed to Mushroom Publishing, his songs have been placed in local and international television and film. He has been nominated for two ARIAS, and performed on the SBS music show RocKwiz.

Charles teaches songwriting and is an Ambassador for APRA, Music Victoria and the Queenscliff Music Festival.

'He's too good a writer not to be in your life.' Sydney Morning Herald