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Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in songwriting is a two-year program which allows you to turn your passion for songwriting into a degree. You’ll take part in foundational classes like Music Fundamentals, Basic Concepts of Audio Technology, Guitar for the Songwriter, Introduction to Songwriting, as well as have opportunities for advanced songwriting lessons and private guitar and piano lessons.

Program Benefits

  • Learn from faculty who have valuable industry experience and contacts and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and job opportunities available in the exciting Nashville music scene.


What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in songwriting program, you’ll learn from faculty with professional experience in a variety of roles in the music industry. Comprised of talented instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters and industry experts, our music faculty knows how to create a successful career in today’s music industry, and they’ll share that wisdom and experience with you. 

Your degree also gives you a solid foundation on which to continue your studies. Trevecca offers the following bachelor’s degrees in music:


Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your songwriting degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith and your goals.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

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Career Opportunities

With your associate degree in songwriting from Trevecca, you’ll be well-prepared to continue on to a four-year program in a related field or to start your career as a songwriter with the skills and training you need to succeed.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*

Life, Calling, and Purpose
INT 1100
Students will begin a journey of self-awareness where they can identify their individual gifts and talents while considering how God can use their uniqueness within their field of interest. Goals of the course include building community, understanding leadership and service, and evaluating God's calling. Required of all first-time freshmen (those enrolling with less than 24 hours) who are younger than 24 years of age and have not taken a similar course at another accredited institution.
Introduction to Biblical Faith
REL 2000

An introduction to Biblical faith and literature designed to help the student acquire a knowledge of the basic content of Scripture as well as be able to employ basic Bible study skills.

Christian Tradition
REL 3000

An introduction to theology as it has developed in the history of the church with a view to understanding the relation between faith and life. Special attention is given to understanding the doctrine of holiness.

Fine Arts
MUS 1500

Designed to give students a historical perspective of music, art, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to modern times.

World Music and Culture
MUS 2440

A study of the development of indigenous music of Eastern and Western cultures and how that music is both a product of and a contributor to those cultures. The class will be taught with an anthropological approach that views each particular culture through the lens of the music that each culture produces.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
BUS 2300

Designed to teach the student concepts and skills needed to succeed in an entrepreneurial venture. It will include understanding unique characteristics an entrepreneur should possess, and it will view marketing, economics, finance, accounting, management, communication and legal issues from a small business perspective.

Survey of Music Business
MUB 1100

A study of the theoretical foundations of the music industry with special emphasis given to practical applications. An in-depth study of organizations and a general overview of the industry.

The Working Musician
MCM 2780

A course dealing with musicianship as a vocation. The goal is to expose the student to the professional expectations of the recording studio environment, touring, symphonic performance, and church musician. Topics will include arranging, the 'Nashville Number System,' contracts, union membership, wages, tax implications, career opportunities, and planning. Included will be recording sessions, field trips, and guest professionals from various areas of the music industry.

Basic Concepts of Audio Technology
MCM 1050

Designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts of real-time and recorded audio. Topics covered include: a brief history of recording, wave propagation, signal flow, analog and digital console operation, monitoring and amplification, cables, connectors, microphones, and a hands-on approach to mixing for live sound reinforcement, digital theory, and basic DAW operations.

Recital Attendance
MUS 1200

Required of all music majors. The graduating music student must have successfully completed a total of 6 semesters for four-year degrees and 3 semesters for two-year degrees. To receive a satisfactory grade, twelve music department-sponsored recitals, concerts, and music majors meetings must be attended during the semester. Graded S/U.

Recording Project Capstone
MCM 4015

A capstone performance option for students who elect Music Technology Internship in place of upper division study. This project will consist of producing, recording, and/or engineering a project in a live or studio setting. A minimum of five songs is required. Graded S/U. Every semester. Project Application must be submitted in semester prior to project.

Applied Theory for Songwriters I
MCM 1650

Basic theory will be studied on a chordal instrument directly related to developing a stronger theoretical vocabulary for writing songs. Expansion of technique on the instrument beings used will be a secondary outcome.

Applied Theory for Songwriters II
MCM 1655

Continuation of the study of music theory applied to songwriting on a chordal instrument.

Class/Elective Piano or Guitar
MCM 16--/17--
Class/Elective Piano or Guitar.
Elective Private Voice
MCM 1720
Elective Private Voice.
Intermediate Songwriting
MCM 2000

An introduction to the craft of songwriting (all genres: Christian, Pop, Country, etc.). A detailed examination of the songwriting processes (song analysis, avoidance of cliches, re-writing, etc.) as well as a historical overview of commercial songs and songwriters.

Advanced Songwriting
MCM 2500

The study of commercial songwriting. The formulation of lyrics and musical ideas into the writing of popular songs (all genres: Christian, Pop, Country, etc.).

Songwriting Lessons
MCM 4780

Private lessons in songwriting. These may replace upper division Applied Study in the Music Liberal Arts (commercial) curriculum.

Music Publishing
MUB 2220

Course deals with the creation, development, exploitation and administration of song copyrights in all genres of music. Areas of focus will include the publisher/songwriter relationship, producing "song" demos, catalog valuation and development, licensing, print, international sub-publishing, sources of income, contracts, legal issues and challenges.

English Composition I
ENG 1020

Emphasizes the recursive writing process through appropriate determination of subject, audience, purpose, and style, with correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and logical organization. Students will use appropriate technologies for writing and learning.

English Composition II: Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
ENG 1080

Emphasizes intellectual and analytical reasoning through reading and writing assignments. Includes instruction in library and research technologies and the writing of a research project.

Speech Communication
COM 1010

A study of the principles and practices of effective human communication, with emphasis placed on public speaking. The course emphasizes the critical thinking and skill development necessary for effective speech. Listening skills are included in the study.

General Electives — 10 hours

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.