Some music associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs are available that offer songwriting emphases and courses in areas like commercial music and popular music. Students in these programs should also consider taking singing and other instrumental classes.
Schools With Lyricist Programs
Music programs with concentrations and coursework for aspiring lyricists are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|California State University - Fullerton||Fullerton, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||In-state $6,437; Out-of-state $17,597|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,805; Out-of-state $9,450|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $6,507; Out-of-state $21,673|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,504; In-state $3,184; Out-of-state $3,544|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $10,037; Out-of-state $27,365|
|Santa Monica College||Santa Monica, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $1,136; Out-of-state $8,078|
|Texas State University||San Marcos, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||In-state $9,348; Out-of-state $20,268|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state $9,806; Out-of-state $34,676|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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School Selection Criteria
When pursuing studies in songwriting, there are several things to consider:
- Studies in areas such as technical music production, musical composition, marketing within the music industry and copyright law can be useful to individuals entering the industry.
- Direct one-on-one opportunities, such as mentorships, with professional songwriters in a school's faculty could help students develop an artistic style and professional direction.
- Some programs also offer internship opportunities in the industry in which students can develop hands-on skills in areas such as music engineering, production and lyrical composition.
- The location of the school may be important, as students may want to pursue studies near record companies and places known for music production or popular performing venues.
Bachelor's Degree in Music or Songwriting
Songwriting programs can be found as a major or concentration area within several music or recording programs. Writing and recording opportunities in studios, as well as professional work experience through internships, are sometimes included. In addition to writing, students often learn the ins and outs of recording in a studio, including mixing and audio engineering.
To become a lyricist, it is common to study music at the postsecondary level. Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs that offer mentoring and internship opportunities are available at public and private institutions across the country.