Covering the essential tools for writing music to appeal to publishers, record labels and producers across genres and media channels, this course will help you to create your own music and lyrics, develop your instrumental skills, produce demos and perform your own songs.
The Bachelor degree is designed to help you create strong, focused songs that perfectly blend your lyrical ideas with powerful melodies. You will learn key concepts in form, structure, melodic development, harmony, top-lining, and writing for ensembles using acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Through weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions as part of your major ‘Directed Songwriting’ study, you will work on a substantial folio of original songs, and produce, record or perform them to showcase your writing talent. You will also complete a large project as part of your final folio, which can include a live recital alongside recorded work.
Master songwriting in the digital domain, refine your recording skills, explore music distribution and marketing strategies, and learn the importance of co-writing and collaboration. And while talent will get you far, to be successful it is vital to be ‘tech savvy' and skilled with industry-standard software – Pro Tools, Logic and Ableton Live for recording and producing; digital score-writing software Sibelius for arranging and notation, and Musition and Auralia for enhancing your understanding of Music Theory and Ear Training. The Bachelor degree also explores channels of music distribution, monetisation and copyright, and on graduation, you will have completed a rich portfolio of your own songs as a showcase of your talent.
Why Study Songwriting at JMC?
Technology & Facilities
JMC’s firm commitment to providing you with the best technology in the trade can be seen in our fully fitted songwriting suites, designed for recording in high-quality and for mastering production techniques. Each songwriting suite features software like ProTools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, and Native Instruments, along with MIDI keyboard controllers (keyboard and pad), high-quality monitors, and an array of Rode Condenser mics and instrument microphones. Rehearsal studios and performance spaces, including the auditorium, are fully equipped with digital pianos, drumkits, multi-channel P.A. systems, and guitar and bass amplifiers.
In only 2 years you can graduate with a Bachelor degree thanks to our accelerated full-time course. Part-time study is also available to domestic students. International students may choose to complete the course in 3 years [058463A] rather than the accelerated 2 year option.
Students who have successfully completed 4 trimesters of the Bachelor programme may successfully graduate with an Associate Degree qualification.
During your time with us you'll get the opportunities to participate in international masterclasses, study tours, and music and songwriting camps. JMC Music Students can apply for the international Songwriters Camp at Haarlem Conservatory in the Netherlands, Nandos Music Exchange in London or the JPop study tour in Japan.
*Study Abroad programs will resume once international travel restrictions ease