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The songwriting major at Anderson University brings together the skills of musicianship and composition with those of writing and business.

We provide the framework a songwriter needs to compose the song, write the lyrics, market it to artists or labels or perform and record it for themselves.


A flexible degree that can be earned entirely online, entirely in-classroom, or a combination of the two.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in as little as three years or an Associate's degree in as little as two. Complete your degree online or in-person.

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Program Options

This program is interdisciplinary.

This 44-hour major is taught by our talented faculty across campus, including our Department of English and School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 44-hour major are:

  • composition
  • creative writing workshop
  • recording techniques
  • music marketing
  • music publishing

View the full course list.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Songwriters may write and perform their own music, either live, in studio or both. Sometimes this is the core of what a songwriter does, but they may also share their talents in service of other artists or causes as a staff songwriter, working for a publisher, record company, or producer. Collaborative work is also part of the landscape, where a strong lyricist partners with a strong composer. Songwriters also may work as producers or music supervisors for film or television.


Students will gain experience in writing and appreciation of the written word through work with the Department of English faculty. Alongside the music faculty, songwriting majors will train their ears with an understanding of the structure of written and performed music. The program also gives students opportunities to get into a recording studio and take on an internship as part of learning how to promote and market their skills.

Additional Application Steps for Songwriting

Application Steps

  1. Complete an Application for Admission with the Office of Admissions.
    All music majors must be accepted by Anderson University.
  2. Complete the Commercial Music or Songwriting Application.
  3. Complete your interview with School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty.
  4. Complete the Freshman Music Theory Placement Exam

This written exam covers music fundamentals and is designed to evaluate your preparedness for Music Theory I at Anderson University. It is scored by the music theorist on the faculty at AU. Students may be required or recommended to attend Music Theory Camp the week before freshman move-in and may also be asked to take an online music fundamentals course as a requirement for enrollment in Music Theory I.

Once you complete your Commercial Music or Songwriting Application, your place on your selected interview date will be reserved, and a staff member will send an interview time to you approximately one week prior to your date. The Freshman Music Theory Placement Exam will also be proctored on your interview date or with the special arrangements you make with Michelle Holmes.

If you would like to be considered for a music scholarship, you must audition for members of the faculty by March 1. If you would like to audition for scholarship consideration, please complete an audition.

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