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A student writing a song at Regent University: Explore our songwriting degree program.

B.M. – Songwriting

Create the Sound of the Future

Unlock your full creative potential. Regent’s Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Songwriting is created for you as an aspiring singer-songwriter to develop your unique voice, refine your craft, and navigate the evolving landscape of the music industry. With classes in arranging, recording, mixing, post-production, marketing and promotion, this program is for those who want to write, produce, and perform their own music. Become a self-publisher and a leading creative through your own innovative arrangements as you change the culture around you and build a sustainable career for yourself.

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GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Gain essential skills in songwriting techniques and music business strategies.

ESTABLISH YOUR CAREER

Enhance your entrepreneurship by producing high-quality pieces and navigating the rapidly changing industry.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing the bachelor’s degree in Songwriting, you can:

  • Advance your musical aptitude and production skills.
  • Learn to self-publish and promote your musical arrangements.
  • Develop as a musical leader and entrepreneur.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Top Liner
  • Performing Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Lyricist or Composer
  • Musical Director
  • Jingle Writer
$53Thousand
Approximate Average Salary of a Composer, 2022 Payscale

Introduction to the visual and aural applied elements of music literacy focusing on the skills needed to transform music symbols into performance through the recognition and comprehension of standard music notation, rhythms, and meter, solfege, and Kodaly/Curwen hand signs. Cross-listed with THEU 347.

Intermediate-level study of the visual and aural applied elements of music literacy focusing on the skills needed to transform music symbols into performance through the recognition and comprehension of standard music notation, rhythms, and meter, solfege, and Kodaly/Curwen hand signs. Prerequisite: MUSI 101.
Methodologies of learning about music through active listening, stressing the musical understanding by using music as a primary source.
Introduction and development of rudimentary keyboard skills, including chords, scales, performance of simple songs, equipment, and proper technique.
An overview of the tenets of long-term vocal health, improvement in singing, appropriate stage presentation and microphone technique.
Introduction and development of rudimentary playing on the drum set and electric bass, with historical knowledge of significant players and equipment.
Introduction and development of rudimentary playing on the acoustic and electric guitar, with historical knowledge of significant players and equipment.
An introductory study of songwriting methodologies, through the lens of exceptional songwriters.
Basic theoretical concepts of music focusing on the skills needed to read and write music, through the recognition and construction of melody, rhythm and root progressions.
Intermediate theoretical elements of music focusing on the skills needed to read and write music. Includes chord progressions, voice leading in composition, instrumentation, advanced harmonic writing and analysis. Prerequisite: MUSI 220.
An advanced study of songwriting methodologies, through the lens of exceptional songwriters. Prerequisite: MUSI 170.
A general survey of the growth of music showing the influence of historical events upon musical development, Medieval through the Classical Era.
A general survey of the growth of music showing the influence of historical events upon musical development, Romantic Era through the Contemporary.
Addresses career management, business planning, income generation.
Theory and practice of applied songwriting, from idea generation, songwriting strategies, and refinement to completion.
Training in rhythms and melody, motifs, phrases, periods and phrase groups. Includes practice notating music using music notation software. Prerequisite: MUSI 221.
Introduction to the art of ensemble leadership - fundamentals of conducting, kinesics and non-verbal communication, and development of style. Also addresses problem-solving regarding tempo, dynamics, ensemble ability, repertoire selection, voicing, balance, blend, pitch and rhythmic accuracy, and score reading. Prerequisite: MUSI 221.
Performance-based concentration focusing on a variety of choral or instrumental techniques through a variety of singing or playing experiences. Ensemble rehearses five hours each week. Membership is by audition only. Repeatable for credit.
One hour applied lessons in vocal or instrumental performance. Repeatable for credit. Crosslisted with THEU 380.
Introduction to the creative use of computers and synthesizers. MIDI applications, includes sequencing, editing, sampling, effects, and notational software. Basic music and audio principles through the writing, recording, editing, and mixing of various sound recording projects.
Theory and practice of digital musical engraving, including the creation of lead sheets, scores, and parts with digital scoring tools.
Advanced theory and practice of applied songwriting, from idea generation, songwriting strategies, and refinement to completion. Prerequisite: MUSI 311.
Practical techniques in music video production, with an overview of cost-effective video and audio approaches.
Advanced lyric writing for original songs. Prerequisite: MUSI 341.
Culminating experience for Performance majors. Public performance in selected vocal part.

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial high school or college transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your FAFSA

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov Regent's school code is 030913.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,97512 - 18$19,950
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Under 12$7,980
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Over 18$11,970
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$665N/A$1,995+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,49312 - 18$18,986
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Under 12$7,560
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Over 18$11,340
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$630N/A$1,890+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

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