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, theory (usage of basic rhythms, scales, harmony, melodic patterns, lyrics, etc.), styles (pop, rock, folk, country, etc.), and production patterns. The class also spends time analyzing the work of songwriters.

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