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Undergrad Catalog 2010

Songwriting Program (SNG)

The SNG program is focused on the artistic craft and business aspects of professional songwriting.  Students in the songwriting program complete either the B.S. or B.A. curriculum with a major in Songwriting and a minor in a career related discipline.  The objective of the Songwriting program is to help the student develop his or her artistic craft while gaining a practical understanding of the business aspects of a songwriting career.

Songwriting Curriculum
Songwriting (B.A. or B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements (B.A. or B.S.)
    Gen Ed Technical Requirement - MUH 2000, The Musical Experience (3)
Songwriting Major     41 
Music Business and Songwriting Requirements   28  
    MBU 1110, Survey of Music Business  
    MBU 2520, Copyright Law


    MBU 3450, Music Publishing   3  
    AET 1380, Survey of Recording Technology  
    AET 2370, Studio Production I   3  
    SNG 2100, Seminars, Workshops, Showcases


    SNG 2110, Commercial Songwriting I   3  
    SNG 2120, Commercial Songwriting II  
    SNG 3110, Songwriting Practicum I   3  
    SNG 3120, Lyric Writing  
    SNG 4015, Songwriting Senior Capstone  
Music Requirements   13  
    MUT 1300, Fundamentals of Music (4) (1) or MUT 1310, Theory I (3) and MUT 1330, Aural Skills I (1) (1)   
    MUH 3210, Evolution of the Popular Song
Music Electives   6  
    MUH Music History
          MUH 2000 The Music Experience2 (3)
          MUH 2010 The Popular Music Experience2 (3)
          MUH 2020 The World Music Experience2 (3)
          MUH _____ (Other MUH courses for which pre-requisites are met) (3)
    MUE 4250 Psychology of Music (3)
    MUN Music Ensembles (1)
          All MUN ensemble courses are one (1) credit hour. Students may choose up to three (3) credit hours of ensembles to count as music electives.
     MA_ (Classical) or MB_ (Commercial) Private Music Lessons (1)
          Students may choose a one (1) credit hour private music lesson as available through the School of Music. Students may choose up to three (3) credit hours of private music lessons to count as music electives.
    MUT Music Theory
          Students may choose any MUT course for which pre-requisites are met. Note: Theory Placement Test must be taken before registering for Theory I and Aural Skills I. All advanced levels of Music Theory and Aural Skills are sequential.


Free Electives     10 
Total Hours 128

1 Theory placement test may determine placement into higher-level theory (e.g. MUT 1310/20, Harmony I/II) where substitution will occur.
2 Although courses are options listed for the B.S. or B.A. General Education Fine Arts requirement, they do not fulfill the General Education and SNG music elective requirement simultaneously.