Bachelor of Music in Songwriting

Webster University is delighted to be one of a handful of universities across the country to offer a degree in Songwriting.

The Bachelor of Music in Composition (Songwriting) features a unique academic/performance track designed for a student who wishes to pursue a career as a composer, author, and performer of original songs.

In both private applied study and in the classroom setting, you will refine your skills as songwriter/composer, vocalist, lyricist, and performer (normally on piano and/or guitar).

Extensive applied instruction on primary and secondary instruments is coupled with traditional, jazz and commercial music theory and history. You'll present a final concert of original songs and a fully produced compact disc.

You'll take courses in music theory and history, performance pedagogy and literature, and conducting. You'll perform in recitals, play or sing in large and small ensembles, learn to compose and orchestrate pieces, take lyric writing and popular music styles and arranging classes, and find yourself a changed musician at the end of four years of study.

Melissa BishopYou may elect to travel to Vienna for a term abroad in one of the musical capitals of the world, studying composition in Europe's musical capital. You'll benefit from numerous guest master classes and performances on campus, as well as from musical events and activities within our larger community of Saint Louis.

One of the features of this program is a mix of audio production, jazz theory, and music business courses. You'll leave Webster with a skill set and breadth of experience that sets you apart!

If you plan to major or minor in music you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. This degree is intended for students whose primary instrument is voice, piano, or guitar.

For more information about this program, including degree requirements and courses, please visit the undergraduate catalog page for Songwriting.

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