This course is designed to help you prepare for survival in the competitive world of the songwriters 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; those who have not).
Prerequisites: A "B" or better in MUSC 171 and MUSC 175, and/or permission of the instructor.