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Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting

Songwriting Degree

Taught by the Composition & Songwriting department, the Songwriting degree program is designed to nurture your unique voice and equip you with the necessary tools to craft compelling songs that resonate with an audience. Through contemporary songwriting classes, you’ll develop essential writing skills through comprehensive study of musical styles, lyrics, traditional and popular song forms, and compositional techniques. Concepts are reinforced through private lessons, songwriting assignments and studio recording projects, which contribute to a portfolio of work that showcases your talent and highlights your abilities as a songwriter. This audio resume will help you promote and market yourself to industry professionals.

By combining a solid foundation of music theory, ear training and arranging with an understanding of music business practices, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional songwriter.

Ready For The Real World

In our Songwriting degree program, you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. You’ll learn to produce professional-quality recordings using the latest music technology. You’ll have access to a deep talent pool of musicians and recording engineers who you’ll collaborate with on real projects. And by gaining an understanding of music publishing, royalties and performing rights organizations such as ASCAP and BMI, you’ll learn how to generate revenue by getting your songs placed in TV shows, films, commercials and other media.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as a songwriter, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of music. That’s why our songwriting classes focus on developing your creativity while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.

If you’re looking for a contemporary songwriting school, our comprehensive program readies you to make and sustain a life in music by blending artistry, technology and entrepreneurship.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Composition & Songwriting degree program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Songwriter
  • Singer/songwriter
  • Composer for media (film, TV, video games)
  • Lyricist
  • Performing artist
  • Recording artist
  • Music producer
  • Musical director
  • Arranger, Orchestrator
  • Music editor

Looking for a hands-on education with contemporary songwriting classes that enable you to build your professional network before your graduate? Request more information today to see how McNally Smith College of Music can help you discover your life in music.