As a songwriting major, you’ll learn to write artfully as well gain the skills for writing commercially-viable songs. Over eight semesters, while completing the college’s core music curriculum, you’ll develop a creative approach to contemporary music compositions. Using the college’s state of the art facilities, you will work with a diverse community of musicians, faculty, and industry professionals, gaining real world experience while earning a bachelor's degree.

Program Details

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Shape Your Songs in a Community of Songwriters

Hear from students and faculty on what makes Berklee's Songwriting Department a great place to find who you are as an artist. Explore a wide range of styles, including EDM, roots, and hip-hop, and find your voice in a close community of songwriters who will support you while pushing you to take creative risks.

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Learn about financial aid, scholarships, and others ways of paying for your Berklee education.

  • Study Abroad

    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.

Alumni Story

Charlie Puth B.M. '13 Sets YouTube Record

At nearly 3 billion views, songwriting alumnus Charlie Puth's video with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again," is the most-watched video in YouTube's history.

Meet Your Mentors

Bonnie Hayes, Chair, Songwriting

On a mission to create the world’s foremost songwriting curriculum, Berklee Songwriting Department chair Bonnie Hayes emphasizes inclusive tools as opposed to rigid rules.

Student Spotlight

John Mayer Shares the Stage with Student Songwriters

On a tour stop in Boston with his band, Dead & Company, songwriter and guitar titan John Mayer '98 visited the Berklee Performance Center (BPC) to hear original songs from six Berklee students.

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