Songwriting Diploma

Valid for catalog year fall 2017–summer 2018 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2017, 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-P10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-P101 Engaging with Artistic Space
LENS-P103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-P105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues
LENS-P107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning
LENS-P109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
Total Credits 13

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
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 12

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
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
SW-211 Songwriting 1 2
SW-221 Lyric Writing 1 2
Total Credits 12

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
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-P181 DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-P191 DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-261 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-P281 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-P291 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-P360 Band Record Production for the Songwriter
SW-362 Advanced Song Production Seminar
2
Total Credits 13

Semester 5 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
XXXX-xxx Songwriting Technology Requirements - Choose 1
SW-161 DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-P181 DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-P191 DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-261 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Pro Tools
SW-P281 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Ableton Live
SW-P291 Advanced DAW for Songwriters: Logic Pro X
SW-P360 Band Record Production for the Songwriter
SW-362 Advanced Song Production Seminar
2
SW-231 Arranging for Songwriters 2
SW-398 Directed Study in Songwriting 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 3
Total Credits 12

Semester 6 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 3
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
SW-241 Survey of Popular Song Styles 2
XX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
Total Credits 12

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Choose 1
SW-311 Advanced Songwriting
SW-321 Advanced Lyric Writing
SW-371 Singer/Songwriter Workshop
2
XX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 7
Total Credits 11

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
SW-335 The Business of Songwriting 2
SW-P497 Senior Seminar in Songwriting 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 7
Total Credits 11

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.