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
May 4, 2021

Presented by Berklee's Songwriting Department and Songs for Social Change initiative, the annual contest encourages students to write songs that promote positive change.

Press Release
March 8, 2021

DioGuardi's competition, Sing It Forward, provides artists with mentoring and career resources, including an opportunity to present their music to Pete Ganbarg, president of A&R for Atlantic Records.

January 16, 2019

The songwriting alumna also cowrote songs for Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes in 2018.

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