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Pursue a career as a composer, author, and performer of original songs through a unique academic and performance track. In both private applied study and in the classroom setting, refine your skills as a songwriter/composer, vocalist, lyricist, and performer, typically on piano and/or guitar. Grow as a musician with courses in music theory and history, performance pedagogy and literature, and conducting.

Combine extensive applied instruction on your primary and secondary instruments with classes in traditional, jazz and commercial music theory and history. This program features a mix of audio production, jazz theory, and music business courses, ensuring you'll leave Webster with a skill set and breadth of experience that sets you apart! Seize opportunities throughout your time at Webster to perform in recitals and play or sing in large and small ensembles. You will present a final concert of original songs, along with a fully produced compact disc.

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Application and Audition

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Become a Gorlok

If you plan to major or minor in music, you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster.

Webster University is delighted to be one of a handful of universities across the country to offer a degree focused on songwriting.

The composition program at Webster focuses primarily on contemporary concert music or songwriting. Students are also encouraged to explore many other musical styles and technologies such as jazz, electronic, computer and MIDI applications. Faculty composers work directly with composition majors. Numerous opportunities exist for the performance of students' work, including the Webster New Music Ensemble, Student Songwriter Showcase, and Wet Ink project.

Students in this major complete the required core, performance, composition and supportive courses, and complete one of the two emphasis areas.

The songwriting emphasis is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career as a composer, author and performer of original songs. In both private applied study and the classroom setting, students in the songwriter track refine their skills as songwriters/composers, vocalists, lyricists and accompanists (normally on piano and/or guitar). Extensive applied instruction on primary and secondary instruments is coupled with traditional, jazz and commercial music theory and history. Students in this program present a final concert of original songs and a fully-produced compact disc.

Explore the Program

Bachelor of Arts in Composition: Songwriting (BM)

Find out more about the overall curriculum, electives and learning outcomes for a BM in Composition with an emphasis in Songwriting degree at Webster.

Plan Your Webster Education

The Bachelor of Music in Composition with an Emphasis in Songwriting four-year plan (PDF opens in new tab) helps you visualize the courses you'll take each year of your education journey at Webster University.

Get To Know Webster

Experienced Music Faculty

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To learn more about our program and course offerings, email Prof. Melissa Bishop and Prof. Kim Portnoy, Director of Composition.


Webster Holds Longtime NASM Membership 

Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). An important marker of standing among music programs in the U.S., NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.

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If you have more questions about the program, your application or other enrollment-related inquiries, contact our Admissions Office.

Call 314-246-7800 or 800-753-6765 or send an email to admit@webster.edu.