About Songwriting

Songwriters hold a vital place in the music world across all different genres. The field has also grown exponentially over the past few years, providing a promotional launch pad for talented, up-and-coming songwriters, as well as a potentially lucrative income stream. 

This course will explore fundamental songwriting techniques and uncover the essential tools for writing music in a diverse range of styles that will appeal to music supervisors, music publishers, record labels, and producers, across any number of different genres and media channels.

These techniques and tools will be taught in a practical way that can be finely honed through your group and one-on-one songwriting lessons.

As well as learning how to write music and lyrics, you will have the opportunity to develop instrument studies, produce demo recordings and perform your own songs, or have them performed by on-campus ensembles. 

Diploma of music
(songwriting)

2 Trimesters
Where / Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane
Next intake 13/02/2017 / See all intake dates
Entry requirements / Aus / International
Whether you’re a relative beginner or an experienced songwriter, this Diploma will help you learn how to brainstorm ideas, overcome writer’s block, and express yourself more effectively in words and music.
 
Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this hands-on course will help you find your voice, sharpen your craft and creates songs with listeners will appreciate and remember.
 
This Diploma offers you conceptual and technical skills in composition, focussing on songwriting techniques, rhyme, and harmonic analysis.
 
Students will investigate the links between music and text, forms of the contemporary song, and the methodology of song composition. It will also continue to develop your musicianship and aural skills. 
Diploma of music
(songwriting)
Curriculum
Subject
Music History I
This unit provides an overview of Western Contemporary music since the 1950s. Students investigate major musical styles and periods, and develop the ability to define key characteristics of each. The unit introduces the broad themes of music with an emphasis on musical events, personalities, institutions and publications which contributed to the development of different musical styles.

Students are exposed to the structure of the music industry, developing their understanding of the inter-relationships between the different sectors as well as the professional practice opportunities available.

Students also gain an appreciation of the music tradition within which they will work. The unit provides a context and preparation for the concepts which are explored further in subsequent units, and is essential for future professional practice in the music industry.

Basic essay writing skills will also be covered in this unit.
Music Theory I
This subject provides students with the technical and theoretical understanding of musical principles to allow them to create, analyse and communicate concepts within contemporary music. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This fundamental level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose successful compositions and help develop their technical musical skills on their chosen instrument. Classes in this unit will be streamed (where possible), determined by previous experience and a basic theory examination.
Music Technology I
This unit introduces students to the capacity of music technology to enhance their potential as musicians, composers, and recording artists. Students will investigate the fundamental range and features of music technology available and gain understanding of its potential in the creative process.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the technology underlying all stages of music creation and distribution. They will also investigate the operations and parts of a computer; set-up and operation of small music home recording systems; operation of industry standard software programs (Pro Tools); program using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), and understand basic principles behind sound synthesis.

Students will acquire (or reinforce) basic musicianship and keyboard skills.
Ear Training I
This subject provides development in the student’s aural musicianship skills. In undertaking this subject, students will gain an understanding of fundamental musical principles and strengthen their aural perception of musical elements. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This fundamental level of musicianship will allow students to better appreciate music and explore sonic textures. Emphasis is given to three main area including rhythmic perception and performance, solomisation, performance and recognition of harmonic and melodic elements. Classes in this unit will be streamed (where possible), determined by previous experience and a basic theory examination.
Ensemble I
This unit is an introduction to musical style, technique and form. Students will develop musicianship through a prescribed repertoire. Stage performance is developed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for effective performance presentation. This includes aspects of movement, stage dialogue, microphone technique, musicianship and stage image. The unit emphasis is to explore, rehearse and develop musical skills in a group or ensemble environment.

Style masterclasses will develop understanding of a range of styles and genres. Students will develop planning skills and the ability to set specific, timely and achievable goals.

Attention is placed on learning basic communication and interaction skills suitable for performance. The culmination of this unit will be the performance of a set of music to an audience at a professional public venue.
Instrument I
In Instrument I, students will begin to develop their technical expertise in their principal instrument and awareness of repertoire.

The unit involves the study of technical work and repertoire. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity and the development of their personal playing styles.
Music Business I
The purpose of this unit is to give students an introduction to the music industry enabling a basic understanding of key sectors, roles and structures within it. It will also introduce students to copyright as it applies broadly to musical, literary, dramatic and artistic works and the functions and responsibilities of publishers and publishing companies. All areas relating to the application of copyright and the workings of publishing are considered.

This unit outlines the practical application of the Copyright Act within the entertainment industry from its formative beginnings in the early twentieth century into an increasingly expanding competitive industry in the twenty first century. The course also introduces music publishing contracts, distribution deals, and opportunities that are emerging with the development of digital technology and the practices of independent artists.

This knowledge is essential for any person wishing to work in the entertainment industry and provides the student with a solid understanding of these key elements.
Songwriting I
This unit develops student’s conceptual knowledge and technical skills in Song Writing, focusing on Song Writing technique and practice methods, harmonic and melodic analysis, and the ability to present their songs using industry standard lead sheets. Students will also be introduced to the principles of composing lyrics focusing on rhyme, poetic and lyric analysis. Students will develop their own writing ability with a view to nurturing their own unique lyrical style, and investigate and analyse seminal lyric works across a number of Contemporary musicals genres and form.
Music Theory II
This unit continues developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of Music Theory, in preparation for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include knowledge of written theory and extended understanding of notation and harmonic relationships. This expanded level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose or arrange successful compositions and help develop technical musical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the second of four units (Music Theory I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of written music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ear Training II
This subject builds on the musical concepts covered in Ear Training I. In undertaking this subject, students will build on fundamental musical principles and strengthen their aural perception of musical elements. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This enhanced level of musicianship will eventually allow students to analyse and compose successful compositions and continue to develop and employ technical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the second of four units (Ear Training I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ensemble II
This unit will provide further development in the understanding of musical style, improvisation, understanding of form and associated techniques. Students will continue to develop musicianship through a prescribed repertoire; however there will be focus on developing original arrangements and student’s choice in repertoire.

Students will develop planning skills and the ability to set specific, timely and achievable targets. Reflection and evaluation will be introduced and developed. Communication and interaction skills suitable for performance will also be a focus.

The culmination of these areas will be the performance of a music set to an audience at a public venue.

Students will also be involved in a weekly style masterclass, predominantly in a group with their own instrument. The groups will develop specific understanding of genre and style to provide a broad understanding of contemporary music. Students will develop set repertoire and improvisational skills.
Instrument II
Instrument Study II will continue to develop the necessary skills to become eventually become a master of your selected instrument. It will involve the study of technical work and repertoire. It is essential that you constantly develop yourself as not only a member of a band but also as an individual player to ensure your future musical career. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity, and the development of their personal playing styles. In Instrument II, students will continue to develop their technical expertise in their principal instrument and awareness of repertoire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bachelor of music
(songwriting)

6 Trimesters
Fees / Fees / International
Where / Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane
Next intake 13/02/2017 / See all intake dates
Entry requirements / Aus / International

This Bachelor Degree is designed to help you create strong, focused songs that perfectly blend your lyrical ideas with powerful melodies.

You’ll continue honing your craft with an understanding of the principals of film and TV music, while learning key concepts in top-lining, arranging and composing for contemporary ensembles. You’ll also learn about the importance of co-writing and collaboration to the modern musician.

As the music industry continues to evolve, it’s important to be technically savvy and skilled with industry standard software. These subjects will enhance your knowledge of the latest digital score writing programs like Sibelius and refine your recording skills when recording in Avid Pro Tools. Here, you will be able to actually produce your own demo recordings.

Your Degree will also explore the different channels of music distribution and monetisation, while examining the essentials every artist needs to know about copyright and the music business. Upon graduation, you’ll come away with a full portfolio of songs that you developed throughout the course. 

Bachelor of music
(songwriting)
Curriculum
Subject
Music History I
This unit provides an overview of Western Contemporary music since the 1950s. Students investigate major musical styles and periods, and develop the ability to define key characteristics of each. The unit introduces the broad themes of music with an emphasis on musical events, personalities, institutions and publications which contributed to the development of different musical styles.

Students are exposed to the structure of the music industry, developing their understanding of the inter-relationships between the different sectors as well as the professional practice opportunities available.

Students also gain an appreciation of the music tradition within which they will work. The unit provides a context and preparation for the concepts which are explored further in subsequent units, and is essential for future professional practice in the music industry.

Basic essay writing skills will also be covered in this unit.
Music Theory I
This subject provides students with the technical and theoretical understanding of musical principles to allow them to create, analyse and communicate concepts within contemporary music. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This fundamental level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose successful compositions and help develop their technical musical skills on their chosen instrument. Classes in this unit will be streamed (where possible), determined by previous experience and a basic theory examination.
Music Technology I
This unit introduces students to the capacity of music technology to enhance their potential as musicians, composers, and recording artists. Students will investigate the fundamental range and features of music technology available and gain understanding of its potential in the creative process.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the technology underlying all stages of music creation and distribution. They will also investigate the operations and parts of a computer; set-up and operation of small music home recording systems; operation of industry standard software programs (Pro Tools); program using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), and understand basic principles behind sound synthesis.

Students will acquire (or reinforce) basic musicianship and keyboard skills.
Ear Training I
This subject provides development in the student’s aural musicianship skills. In undertaking this subject, students will gain an understanding of fundamental musical principles and strengthen their aural perception of musical elements. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This fundamental level of musicianship will allow students to better appreciate music and explore sonic textures. Emphasis is given to three main area including rhythmic perception and performance, solomisation, performance and recognition of harmonic and melodic elements. Classes in this unit will be streamed (where possible), determined by previous experience and a basic theory examination.
Ensemble I
This unit is an introduction to musical style, technique and form. Students will develop musicianship through a prescribed repertoire. Stage performance is developed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for effective performance presentation. This includes aspects of movement, stage dialogue, microphone technique, musicianship and stage image. The unit emphasis is to explore, rehearse and develop musical skills in a group or ensemble environment.

Style masterclasses will develop understanding of a range of styles and genres. Students will develop planning skills and the ability to set specific, timely and achievable goals.

Attention is placed on learning basic communication and interaction skills suitable for performance. The culmination of this unit will be the performance of a set of music to an audience at a professional public venue.
Instrument I
In Instrument I, students will begin to develop their technical expertise in their principal instrument and awareness of repertoire.

The unit involves the study of technical work and repertoire. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity and the development of their personal playing styles.
Music Business I
The purpose of this unit is to give students an introduction to the music industry enabling a basic understanding of key sectors, roles and structures within it. It will also introduce students to copyright as it applies broadly to musical, literary, dramatic and artistic works and the functions and responsibilities of publishers and publishing companies. All areas relating to the application of copyright and the workings of publishing are considered.

This unit outlines the practical application of the Copyright Act within the entertainment industry from its formative beginnings in the early twentieth century into an increasingly expanding competitive industry in the twenty first century. The course also introduces music publishing contracts, distribution deals, and opportunities that are emerging with the development of digital technology and the practices of independent artists.

This knowledge is essential for any person wishing to work in the entertainment industry and provides the student with a solid understanding of these key elements.
Songwriting I
This unit develops student’s conceptual knowledge and technical skills in Song Writing, focusing on Song Writing technique and practice methods, harmonic and melodic analysis, and the ability to present their songs using industry standard lead sheets. Students will also be introduced to the principles of composing lyrics focusing on rhyme, poetic and lyric analysis. Students will develop their own writing ability with a view to nurturing their own unique lyrical style, and investigate and analyse seminal lyric works across a number of Contemporary musicals genres and form.
Music Theory II
This unit continues developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of Music Theory, in preparation for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include knowledge of written theory and extended understanding of notation and harmonic relationships. This expanded level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose or arrange successful compositions and help develop technical musical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the second of four units (Music Theory I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of written music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ear Training II
This subject builds on the musical concepts covered in Ear Training I. In undertaking this subject, students will build on fundamental musical principles and strengthen their aural perception of musical elements. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This enhanced level of musicianship will eventually allow students to analyse and compose successful compositions and continue to develop and employ technical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the second of four units (Ear Training I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ensemble II
This unit will provide further development in the understanding of musical style, improvisation, understanding of form and associated techniques. Students will continue to develop musicianship through a prescribed repertoire; however there will be focus on developing original arrangements and student’s choice in repertoire.

Students will develop planning skills and the ability to set specific, timely and achievable targets. Reflection and evaluation will be introduced and developed. Communication and interaction skills suitable for performance will also be a focus.

The culmination of these areas will be the performance of a music set to an audience at a public venue.

Students will also be involved in a weekly style masterclass, predominantly in a group with their own instrument. The groups will develop specific understanding of genre and style to provide a broad understanding of contemporary music. Students will develop set repertoire and improvisational skills.
Instrument II
Instrument Study II will continue to develop the necessary skills to become eventually become a master of your selected instrument. It will involve the study of technical work and repertoire. It is essential that you constantly develop yourself as not only a member of a band but also as an individual player to ensure your future musical career. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity, and the development of their personal playing styles. In Instrument II, students will continue to develop their technical expertise in their principal instrument and awareness of repertoire.
Arranging I
Music arranging is an essential skill for many musicians. Without it, bandleaders and producers are limited to the simplest performances that can be created ‘on the fly’. This subject begins to develop students’ understanding of the process of music arranging. It will cover the creation of specific arrangements for rhythm section (that is, piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, drums) and voice. This will include writing and preparing the score, associated parts and other digital elements often required by professionals.
Music Technology II
This unit provides the student with an understanding of audio production techniques within the Pro Tools digital audio workstation software. Students will learn to analyse and reproduce common audio production techniques, focussing on areas such as editing, arrangement, and effects and how they impact the outcome of the song.

While Music Technology I focused primarily on the fundamentals of digital technology and MIDI programming, this unit will develop skills to an intermediate level in audio editing and music production. Students will also explore virtual instruments to a greater depth, looking at how they can be used for music production across a range of musical styles.
Music Theory III
This unit continues developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of Music Theory, in preparation for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include knowledge of written theory, and extended understanding of notation and harmonic relationships. This expanded level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose or arrange successful compositions and help develop technical musical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the third of four units (Music Theory I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of written music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ear Training III
This unit builds on the musical concepts covered in Ear Training I and II, preparing the student for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include aural recognition of ascending and descending intervals within and beyond an octave, four-note chords and extensions, modes and complex scales, with sight-reading and vocal reproduction of said intervals chords, and scales. This enhanced level of musicianship will eventually allow students to analyse and compose successfully, and continue to develop and employ intermediate to advanced technical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the third of four units (Ear Training I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ensemble III
In this unit students continue to develop the understanding of musical style, improvisation, form and interpretation, and musicianship through a prescribed repertoire. There will be an emphasis on the development of original material and more opportunity will be given for students to develop repertoire of their own choice.

Students form ensembles of their own choice and it is expected that they would be at a standard to make a contribution to the ensemble.

Students work collaboratively with the other departments as part of the Integration project. This could be in the form of a recording, a film clip, music for an animated project and other approved activities.

This is an opportunity to work with the other JMC Academy creative disciplines and develop new understanding and skills.
Instrument III
In Instrument Study III students will continue to develop their understanding of style and repertoire, technical expertise in, and mastery of, their principal instrument. The unit involves the study of technical work and awareness of challenging repertoire. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity, and the development of their personal playing styles furthering development not only as a member of a band but also as an individual player to ensure a future musical career.
Music Cultures
Over five trimesters, students will have gained extensive knowledge of the process of composing and arranging contemporary music. In this trimester, students will be encouraged to look beyond Western music conventions and examine a range of music traditions from around the world. Students will implement this information, and the skills gained in the Music Technology and Composing and Arranging streams, to write and/or record a “crossover” piece of music utilising one or more non-Western musical traditions. In essence the unit is an introduction to the specialist research field of ethnomusicology whilst giving students a chance to further hone their composition/arranging skills.
Songwriting II
In this unit, students continue to develop conceptual knowledge and technical skills in music analysis and songwriting. This unit concentrates on songwriting techniques, with a focus on melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic development. Students also further investigate the links between music and text (prosody), forms and structure of the contemporary song and the musical methodology of song composition.

The unit builds on skills learned by Songwriting students in Songwriting I (MUS 302), and by Music Performance Students in Arranging I (MUS 209), Songwriting I (MUS 302), and Arranging II (MUS 309), focusing on the development of musicality, songwriting ability and professional practice. Students have the opportunity to create their own songs and write lyrics which demonstrate an understanding of the principles of rhyme, song structure, style and phrasing.
Ear Training IV
This unit builds on the musical concepts covered in Ear Training I, II, and III, preparing the student for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include advanced aural recognition and sight-singing, including complex chords and extensions, and advanced melodic and rhythmic dictation. This advance level of musicianship will eventually allow students to analyse and compose music to a high standard, and continue to develop and employ intermediate to advanced technical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the last of four units (Ear Training I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Music Theory IV
This unit continues developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of Music Theory, in preparation for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include advanced knowledge of written theory, and advanced understanding of notation and harmonic relationships. This advanced level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose or arrange successful compositions, and contribute to their development of professional-level skills on a chosen instrument. This is the last of four units (Music Theory I-IV) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of written music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.
Ensemble IV
In this unit students continue to develop their understanding of musical style, improvisation, form, interpretation, and musicianship through performing original material. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Film and Television department in preparing a music video collaboration project.

This is an opportunity to work with the other JMC Academy creative disciplines and develop new understanding and skills.
Instrument IV
In Instrument Studies IV students will continue to develop their understanding of style and repertoire, technical expertise in, and mastery of, their principal instrument. The unit involves the study of technical work and repertoire. For each subsequent instrument subject, students are required to demonstrate increased technical proficiency, creativity, and the development of their personal playing styles furthering development not only as a member of a band but also as an individual player to ensure a future musical career.
Specialised ProjectSongwriting III
Students continue to develop conceptual knowledge and technical skills in melodic and harmonic composition. This unit concentrates on song writing and arranging techniques, production and interpretation. Students further investigate the relationship between melody and harmony, structure and form, and scrutinise the compositional methodology of songwriting. The unit builds on skills learned in Song Writing I (MUS 302) and Song Writing II (MUS 402), focusing on the development of original material into a polished, arranged, and produced work. Students have the opportunity to create their own compositions and write lyrics which demonstrate an understanding of the principles of rhyme, song structure, style and phrasing.
Music Production
In MUS 418, students will examine various production and arranging techniques with a view to producing high-quality home demo recordings, in order to present an original song in its best and most appealing form. Students will also look at the possibilities behind incorporating various aspects of technology and music, both in songwriting development, live performance and in recording through the use of Ableton Live music software.
Internship
This unit is a workplace placement where you will be working directly for an employer on their premises as nominated by JMC. The placement is for 12 working days or an equivalent number of contact hours, typically spread over the course of a single JMC trimester (14 weeks). You will enhance your skills and capabilities in a ‘real-world’ situation and apply in practise the knowledge you have gained throughout your Bachelor Course to date.
Ensemble V
This unit will continue to develop the understanding of musical style, improvisation, form and interpretation. There will be an emphasis on the development of original material and the development of a range of repertoire. Students will demonstrate a higher stylistic understanding and incorporate advanced music concepts.

Students will form ensembles of their own choice and it is expected that they would be at a standard to make a contribution to the ensemble.
Directed Study in Song Writing I
Directed Study in Songwriting is the first songwriting mentoring unit within the songwriting course. In this unit students will start to prepare their final original portfolio of songs and mentors will provide advice and guidance towards them achieving the best they can with their original material, emphasising the originality and individual voice of their writing, both melodically and lyrically.
Screen Music
Throughout previous units, students have developed skills and knowledge across areas of music theory, industry, performance and technology. This unit aims to provide an opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge and employability skills within a focused area of the music industry. Students are able to apply their specialist knowledge and understanding of both current and future practice while reflecting on their own work related performance.

The unit equips students with skills in a specialist area of music that is of interest to them, helping to better prepare them for focused work within the industry. It also enables them to focus on an element of their previous study they find most fulfilling. Students have the opportunity to define their own work or knowledge based project or may have a lecturer assign one for them.
Arranging II
Music arranging is an essential skill for many musicians. Arranging skills can be utilised for recordings and live performances for a range of art forms.

This unit further develops the students’ understanding of the process of music arranging. Moving on from MUS 209 (Introductory Arranging), the students begin to develop an understanding of writing for non-rhythm instruments. The unit covers arranging for specific brass and reed instruments which are known in contemporary music as the “horn” section.

These instruments differ in arrangement from the rhythm section. Rhythm sections are interpreters and improvisers whereas the horns are generally reading specialists and require a different approach to notation and arranging.
Lyric and Literature
This unit seeks to further expand students writing potential by looking at various literacy, poetic and compositional techniques throughout history, developing the student’s awareness of various writing styles and structure, in order to advance their creative skills. Various key artists and writers (and their works) will be analysed and the student will also learn to identify and recognise certain stylistic characteristics and techniques across different genres and modes of writing.
Music Business II
The aim of this unit is to examine business principles and concepts for the contemporary music performer with the aim of establishing a sustainable professional practice. It will examine performance environments as well as music industry business models. Each student will be required to identify ongoing professional development requirements and opportunities.
Ensemble VI
This unit provides students with an opportunity to manage, produce and promote their final recital performance to be performed at an external professional venue.
Directed Study in Song Writing II
In this unit students will complete their final original portfolio of songs and mentors will provide advice and guidance towards them achieving the best they can with their original material, emphasising the originality and individual voice of their writing, both melodically and lyrically.

Careers in the Industry

Graduates may find employment with

With the tools you acquire in this degree, you will be able to make the most of your passion and talent, become a more complete musician and be confident in having a successful career in the music industry as the consummate artist. Your opportunities could include songwriting for advertising to composing for films and everything in-between. 

Specific roles may include

Performing Songwriter
Lyricist 
Freelance Songwriter  
Composer 
Resident/Staff Writer 
 
Advertising Creative (Jingle Writer) 
Music Producer 
Music Publisher 
Music Teacher

Student testimonials

  • "After years of wanting to perform and professionally record my original music, I have finally achieved it. I now also gig regularly with extremely gifted musicians. JMC is well worth the Investment."
    Jewel Heart, Songwriting Student | Contemporary Music and Performance Alumni

Faqs

I’m a singer and want to become a better songwriter. Should I be doing this course or the contemporary music course?
This depends on what outcome you want to work towards, what career you want to ultimately pursue and where your passion lies. If you see yourself performing your music to a live audience and are excited about the thought of doing so then contermporary music performance might be the way to go. Bear in mind that the Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Music Performance does teach two units in Songwriting.

If you love the idea of composing, creating, and telling stories through your music and you're not comfortable with the thought of performing in front of an audience then the song writing course may be a better option for you. 

Of course, if you decide to study the songwriting course, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to perform on your own or within an ensemble.
Do I still need to audition for Songwriting?
An audition is not a requirement of entry. What we do need to see, is a demonstrated passion and/or experience in songwriting. This may involve an audition, or simply being able to show samples of composition work (lyrics, chord charts, or past recordings). Our staff will let you know if you need to prepare anything when you’re booking an interview. 
Do I need to know music theory to be eligible for the Songwriting course?
No. For those with little or no theory background, we'll teach you what you need to know from the ground up. We also offer a program during orientation week which provides a crash course to help you get started if theory isn’t your strong point.