Students composing a song

The Songwriting Department offers a Bachelor of Music in songwriting. Students majoring in songwriting master melody, harmony, arranging, and lyric writing to build a competitive portfolio of original songs. Studying songwriting at Berklee, you will focus on melody writing, harmonic techniques, and lyric structure as you develop your unique musical identity with insight and guidance from the best contemporary songwriting faculty in the world. The curriculum also emphasizes modern writing practices like collaboration and production as well as performance and career paths. If you have something to say with your music, Berklee's Songwriting Department is the place to learn how to express yourself with the utmost musical and lyrical poignancy and impact.

Beyond the classroom, Berklee's Songwriting Department runs an annual industry trip to the heart of the recording industry in Nashville, Tennessee. Students have the opportunity to meet professional songwritersmusic industry professionals, and representatives from various songwriting associations.

Performing songwriters have ample opportunity to play at assorted open mic nights, Battle of the Bands events, and more. We invite you to explore this site for more information, or email us at songwriting@berklee.edu.

"[John Mayer] told me to buy this book called Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison...and that book really changed my life."

-Ross Copperman (20 No. 1 Country Radio Hits)

 Alumni and Careers

Graduates of this program work in a wide range of careers. Meet some of the graduates from the songwriting program.

Programs

Featured News

Press Release
February 3, 2023

The veteran hitmaker for Luis Fonsi, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, and others will teach Berklee's Latin Songwriting course.

January 30, 2023

In Latin Songwriting, visiting artist Claudia Brant will focus on the value of collaboration, working across genres, and how to approach lyric translations.

November 14, 2022

The singer and guitarist talks about her unique journey to Berklee, the niche genre of Latin Americana, and being inspired by strangers.