Bachelor of Arts
Songwriting and Producing Music Degree
Music creators today are increasingly expected to have a versatile skill set that often combines songwriting and music production. The Songwriting and Producing Music major is designed to help you thrive in this multi-dimensional environment by strengthening your songwriting skills while developing your ability to record and mix professional-sounding music from your home studio using Pro Tools, Live, or Logic.
The program begins with a set of core music courses that provide a foundation in theory, ear training, and keyboard, essential information that will enable you to collaborate with other musicians. From there, you will explore the role of the producer, how to get the best sounds from your DAW, and techniques for recording drums, bass, guitar, piano, vocals, and other instruments.
The Songwriting and Producing Music major includes in-depth focus on recording and producing the vocal, with an emphasis on capturing the proper emotion of a performance, in addition to the art of mixing to enhance the quality of your recordings. At the same time, you will learn techniques for strengthening the harmonic underpinnings of your songs and making your melodies more expressive. You will work in collaborative songwriting contexts across a variety of musical styles.
The program features specific coursework designed to prepare you for work in creating music for advertising, film, and television and culminates with a capstone project in which you’ll create a portfolio that showcases your best work. Through elective coursework and a specialization that is akin to a minor, you will have a great deal of flexibility in choosing additional areas of focus that will enhance your skills, including additional music production and songwriting courses and courses in business, composition, arranging, and more.
By the end of this program, you will be able to:
Set up, record, and produce professional-sounding recordings in your home studio.
Use harmonic techniques such as modulation, cadence, and power progressions to craft hit songs.
Construct strong, expressive melodies that your audiences will remember.
Create vocal tracks that maximize emotional impact, while staying true to the artist and the song.
Incorporate both a technical and artistic approach to mixing in order to deliver professional-level final mixdowns.
Apply effective composition techniques for scoring to picture to create original jingles, library track packages, and television themes according to industry standards.
Write and produce songs that are “media friendly,” effectively communicating time, location, and dramatic tone in order for your music to be placed into visual media.
Walk into a professional-level setting and creatively/effectively collaborate with other songwriters in the industry to create an impactful song.
Concentrate Courses (45 Credits)
Complete the following (30 credits):
- OMPRD-227Recording and Producing in the Home Studio
- OMBUS-270Music Publishing 101
- OSONG-316Songwriting: Harmony
- OSONG-315Songwriting: Melody
- OMPRD-365Vocal Production
- OCWPR-385Writing and Producing Advertising Music
- OSONG-380Songwriting for Film and TV
- OMPRD-420Art of Mixing
- OCWPR-495 Songwriting and Producing Music Capstone
Choose and complete two courses from one of the groups below (6 credits):
- OHARM-101Music Theory 101
- OHARM-201Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function
- OHARM-301Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
- OHARM-110Getting Inside Harmony 1
- OHARM-211Getting Inside Harmony 2
- OCOMP-110Music Theory and Composition 1
- OCOMP-111Music Theory and Composition 2
- OCOMP-210Music Theory and Composition 3
- OCOMP-211Music Theory and Composition 4
Choose one ear-training course from the following (3 credits):
- OEART-115Basic Ear Training or OEART-119Ear Training 1 or OEART-120Ear Training 2 or OEART-215Ear Training for Live Performance or OEART-320Harmonic Ear Training: Recognizing Chord Progressions
Choose one keyboard course from the following (3 credits):
- OPIAN-100Berklee Keyboard Method or OPIAN-150Keyboard for the Electronic Musician or OPIAN-210Intermediate Keyboard or OPIAN-220Blues and Rock Keyboard Techniques or OPIAN-230Pop/Rock Keyboard or OPIAN-315Jazz Piano
Complete one of the following Ableton Live, Pro Tools, or Logic courses, depending on your level (3 credits):
- OMPRD-180Pro Tools 101 or OMPRD-221Pro Tools 110 or OMPRD-273Producing Music with Logic or OMPRD-278Ableton Live Fundamentals or OMPRD-281Performing with Ableton Live or OMPRD-282Ableton Live Techniques: Sampling or OMPRD-380Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools or OMPRD-382Mixing and Mastering for the Electronic Musician or OMPRD-425Advanced Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools or OSONG-230Producing Songwriting Demos with Pro Tools or OSONG-231Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic
Elective Courses (33 Credits)
Complete any eleven courses, except Liberal Arts courses coded with OLART, OLSOC, or OLMSC, in a given student's area of interest and professional development (33 credits)
Liberal Arts Courses (42 Credits) +
Complete one Composition/Writing (OLART) course from the following (3 credits):
- OLART-111 Introduction to College Writing or OLART-201 Creative Writing: Literature Studies for Musicians or OLART-215 Creative Writing: Poetry or OLART-216 Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice
Complete one History (OLART) course from the following (3 credits):
- OLART-170 Rock History or OLART-220 History of Film Music or OLART-231 Art History or OLART-233 Music History of the Western World 1: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque or OLART-234 Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic, and Modern
Complete any four additional Arts/Humanities (OLART, OMPRD, OCDAN, OCTHR) courses from the following (12 credits):
- OLART-100 Developing Your Artistry
- OLART-111 Introduction to College Writing
- OLART-160 Introduction to Digital Cinematography
- OLART-170 Rock History
- OLART-201 Creative Writing: Literature Studies for Musicians
- OLART-205 Game Design Principles
- OLART-215 Creative Writing: Poetry
- OLART-216 Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice
- OLART-220 History of Film Music
- OLART-231 Art History
- OLART-233 Music History of the Western World 1: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
- OLART-234 Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic, and Modern
- OLART-400 Career and Job Success in the Music Industry
- OMPRD-250 Music Video Editing with Final Cut Pro
- OCDAN-103 Introduction to Iconic Dance and Urban Movement
- OCTHR-103 Script Analysis for Theater
Complete four Social Sciences (OLSOC) courses from the following (12 credits):
- OLSOC-150 The Language of Film and TV
- OLSOC-180 Project Management for Musicians
- OLSOC-200 Business Communications
- OLSOC-210 Music, Self, and Society
- OLSOC-226 New Media Economics: Music, Mobile, Gaming, and Online Markets
- OLSOC-307 Music Cognition
Complete four Math and Physical/Natural Sciences (OLMSC, OMPRD, OMBUS) courses from the following (12 credits):
- OLMSC-101Music Production 101
- OLMSC-130Applied Mathematics for Musicians
- OLMSC-150Introduction to Computer Programming for Musicians
- OLMSC-260Sampling and Audio Production
- OMPRD-210Audio Fundamentals for Recording
- OMBUS-475Music Business Finance
How to Apply
- Fill out the online application (15 minutes)
- Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay
- Prepare a Demonstration of Musicianship
- Get your official transcripts
- Ask for two letters of recommendation
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