In the Songwriting Certificate emphasis is placed on developing songwriting skills for both lyrics and music, general musicianship skills, and an understanding of the cultural significance of songs. Students explore how lyrics, melody, harmony, and structure make a great song, as well as develop the ability to create original songs. The 18-credit program includes courses in songwriting, creative writing, music theory, music history, and electives.
|Eighteen semester credits, including:|
|ENGL 220||Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|or ENGL 276||Poetry|
|MUSI 112||History of Rock and Pop||3|
|MUSI 139||Music Theory Fundamentals||3-4|
|or MUSI 141|
& MUSI 142
| Theory Written I|
and Theory Aural I
|MUSI 326||Songwriting Seminar||3|
|Electives to be selected from the following:|
|Introduction to Electric Guitar|
or MUSI 108
|Advanced Class Piano|
|Evolution of Jazz|
|Folk Guitar in Culture across Time|
|Introduction to Singing|
|Classical and Folk Guitar|
|Songwriting Seminar (a total of 6 credits from MUSI 326 can be applied to the certificate)|
Note 1: Students cannot pursue the Music Major and Songwriting Certificate to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program.
Note 2: A maximum of three credits from the certificate can count to the major.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Students demonstrate an understanding of how the different elements of a song contribute to its effectiveness.
- Students demonstrate the ability to create original songs.