This course is designed to help you prepare for survival in the competitive world of the songwriter's market. Learn about all types of styles while striving to define your own. Special attention is paid to the rudiments of songwriting: creativity, basic theory (usage of basic rhythms, scales, harmony, melodic patterns, lyrics, etc.), basic styles (pop. rock, folk, country, etc.), production patterns, and the legalities of the music business. The class also spends time analyzing the work of other writers (successful and unsuccessful; those who have maintained artistic integrity and those who have not).

Prerequisites: A "B" or better in MUSC 171 (Arranging II) and MUSC 175 (Harmony II) or permission of the instructor.