Songwriting Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2018–summer 2019 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2018, search major grids for past catalog years.

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    Core

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    Major

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    Liberal Arts

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    Electives

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
PW-111 Music Application and Theory 4
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
LENS-10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-101 Engaging with Artistic Space (Boston only)
LENS-103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues (Boston only)
LENS-107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning (Boston only)
LENS-109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
Total Credits 16

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 2
ET-112 Ear Training 2 2
HR-112 Harmony 2 2
LENG-223 Literature 3
LHIS-xxx History (any LHIS course) 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
Total Credits 16

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 3/Solfege 1 - choose 1
ET-211 Ear Training 3
ET-231 Solfege 1
2
HR-211 Harmony 3 2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
XXXX-xxx Choose 1
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2
SW-236 Guitar Techniques for Songwriters
SW-238 Keyboard Techniques for Songwriters
1
SW-211 Songwriting 1 2
SW-221 Lyric Writing 1 2
XXXX-xxx Songwriting Technology Requirements - Choose 1
SW-161 DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-181 DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-191 DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-261 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-281 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-291 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-360 Band Record Production for the Songwriter
SW-362 Advanced Song Production Seminar
2
Total Credits 16

Semester 4 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 4/Solfege 2 - choose 1
ET-212 Ear Training 4
ET-232 Solfege 2
2
HR-212 Harmony 4 2
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 3
SW-212 Songwriting 2 2
SW-222 Lyric Writing 2 2
XXXX-xxx Songwriting Technology Requirements - Choose 1
SW-161 DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-181 DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-191 DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-261 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-281 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-291 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-360 Band Record Production for the Songwriter
SW-362 Advanced Song Production Seminar
2
Total Credits 16

Semester 5 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
XXXX-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences (200 level or above) - choose 1
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics
LMSC-209 Architectural Acoustics
LMSC-210 Principles of Audio Electronics
LMSC-221 The Science of Health
LMSC-222 Oceanography
LMSC-223 Math/Science Topics
LMSC-224 Concepts in Contemporary Science
LMSC-225 Natural Disasters
LMSC-240 Technology, Self, and Society
LMSC-251 Data Management and Statistics
LMSC-271 The Body, Sound, and Inspiration in Performance and Beyond
LMSC-281 Logic and Programming
LMSC-306 Principles of Physics
LMSC-307 Introduction to Psychoacoustics
LMSC-318 Environmental Science
LMSC-424 Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
MHIS-22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
SW-231 Arranging for Songwriters 2
SW-398 Directed Study in Songwriting 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 3
Total Credits 15

Semester 6 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences (any LSOC course) 3
MHIS-20X History of Music in the European Tradition - choose 1
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-202 History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works
MHIS-203 History of Music in the European Tradition: Chronology
2
LVIS-xxx Visual Studies (any LVIS course) 3
SW-241 Survey of Popular Song Styles 2
XX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) - choose 1
MHIS-317 19th Century Program Music
MHIS-319 History of Jazz
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music
MHIS-325 History of American Musical Theater
MHIS-327 History of Country Music
MHIS-331 History of Film Music
MHIS-341 African American Music, History, and Culture - Contemporary Connections
MHIS-342 The Music of the English-Speaking Caribbean Islands
MHIS-343 Survey of Brazilian Music History
MHIS-347 Music of Women Composers
MHIS-353 African American Composers: Classical Tradition
MHIS-361 Concert Music after 1945
2
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (any LMAS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
XXXX-xxx Choose 1
SW-311 Advanced Songwriting
SW-321 Advanced Lyric Writing
SW-371 Singer/Songwriter Workshop
2
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 14

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
SW-335 The Business of Songwriting 2
SW-497 Senior Seminar in Songwriting 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 5
Total Credits 12

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that songwriting majors study in Valencia during their third, fourth, fifth, or sixth semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.