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Belmont University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17

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 (B.A. or B.S.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements (B.A. or B.S.) 59
Technical Requirement (Hours Counted in Gen Ed):
MUH 2000, The Musical Experience (3)
Songwriting Major 43
Music Business and Songwriting Requirements 30
MBU 1110, Survey of Music Business 3
MBU 2520, Copyright Law 3
MBU 3450, Music Publishing 3
AET 1380, Survey of Recording Technology 3
AET 1450, Critical Listening for Audio Production 1
AET 2050, Basic Training: Use of the DAW 1
AET 2370, Demo Production 3
SNG 2100, Seminars, Workshops, Showcases 0
SNG 2110, Commercial Songwriting I 3
SNG 2120, Commercial Songwriting II 3
SNG 3110, Songwriting Practicum I 3
SNG 3120, Lyric Writing 3
SNG 4015, Songwriting Senior Capstone 1
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 3
Music Electives (choose from): 6
MUH 2000, The Music Experience (3) 2
MUH 2010, The Popular Music Experience (3) 2
MUH 2020, The World Music Experience (3) 2
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 prerequisites 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.

Minor 18
Free Electives 8
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.