Degree Plans

Songwriting, Associate of Applied Science


  • Academic Year: 2019-2020
  • Division / Department: Visual & Performing Arts / Music Industry Careers
  • Degree Code: MIC.SONGWRITING.AAS
Download Degree Plan

Students completing this program are prepared to assume positions as composers, arrangers and songwriters.

MIC electives may be selected from courses with MUSC, MUSB and MUSP rubrics.

Other courses may be substituted with Program Coordinator's approval.

Marketable skills

1. Students may choose a career as a composer, arranger, lyricist, recording engineer, or work in music merchandising.

2. Students will become creative and critical thinkers who are self-motivated and have excellent communication skills.

3. Employment opportunities include working for advertising agencies, recording studios, production companies and broadcasting companies.

Semester I

PSYC 1100 Learning Framework or
EDUC 1100 Learning Framework or
PSYC 1300 Learning Framework or
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework 3
All first-time-in-college students are required to complete a Learning Framework course. Students who are TSI exempt or must complete one section of developmental education must enroll in PSYC 1100 or EDUC 1100. All other first-time-in-college students must enroll in PSYC 1300 or EDUC 1300. See your advisor for more information.
1-3 hours
MUSC 1213 Commercial Music Theory I 2 hours
MUSC 1311 Commercial Music Sight Singing and Ear Training I 3 hours
MUSP 1113 Introductory Group Piano I 1 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours
MUSP 1101 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours
MUSB 1305 Survey of Music Business 3 hours
14-16 hours

Semester II

MUSC 2213 Commercial Music Theory II 2 hours
MUSC 2311 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training II 3 hours
MUSP 1114 Introductory Group Piano II 1 hours
MUSP 1148 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Improvisation 1 hours
MUSP 1101 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours
Speech elective 3 hours
Elective 4
Academic Core Elective
3 hours
14 hours

Summer Semester

Mathematics (college-level) or
Life & Physical Science elective
3 hours
Social/Behavioral Science elective 3 hours
6 hours

Semester III

MUSC 2131 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training III 1 hours
MUSP 2103 Commercial Class Piano 1 hours
MUSC 2330 Commercial Music Arranging and Composition 1
This is a Capstone course.
3 hours
MUSC 1331 MIDI I (Music Instrument Digital Interface) 3 hours
MUSP 2159 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
MUSC 2214 Improvisation Theory I 2 hours
14 hours

Semester IV

MUSC 2132 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training IV 1 hours
MUSP 2103 Commercial Class Piano 1 hours
MUSC 1321 Songwriting I 3 hours
MUSP 2159 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours
Music (college-level) or
Commercial Music (college-level) or
Commercial Music (college-level)
1 hours
Commercial Music (college-level) 2
Music Industry Careers electives may be taken from the following courses: Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion: select four courses from MUEN 1131, 1132, 1130 or 1121 Vocalists: select four courses from MUSP 1148, 1146, 1150 or 1153 or MUEN 1151, 1152, 1158 or 1141
or
Music (college-level) 2
Music Industry Careers electives may be taken from the following courses: Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion: select four courses from MUEN 1131, 1132, 1130 or 1121 Vocalists: select four courses from MUSP 1148, 1146, 1150 or 1153 or MUEN 1151, 1152, 1158 or 1141
3 hours
MUSC 2234 Improvisation Theory II 2 hours
12 hours
Total hours:60-62 hours

Life & Physical Science

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4 hours
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II 4 hours
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I 4 hours
BIOL 1409 Biology for Non-Science Majors II 4 hours
BIOL 1411 General Botany 4 hours
BIOL 1413 General Zoology 4 hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized) 4 hours
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I 4 hours
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4 hours
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4 hours
ENVR 1301 Environmental Science I (lecture) 3 hours
ENVR 1101 Environmental Science I (lab) 1 hours
ENVR 1302 Environmental Science II - Lecture 3 hours
ENVR 1102 Environmental Science II (lab) 1 hours
ENVR 1401 Environmental Science I (lecture + lab) 4 hours
ENVR 1402 Environmental Science II 4 hours
GEOL 1301 Earth Sciences I for Non-Science Majors (lecture) 3 hours
GEOL 1101 Earth Sciences I for Non-Science Majors (lab) 1 hours
GEOL 1302 Earth Sciences II for Non-Science Majors (lecture) 3 hours
GEOL 1102 Earth Sciences II for Non-Science Majors (lab) 1 hours
GEOL 1303 Physical Geology (lecture) 3 hours
GEOL 1103 Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hours
GEOL 1304 Historical Geology (lecture) 3 hours
GEOL 1104 Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hours
GEOL 1401 Earth Sciences I for Non-Sciences Majors (lecture + lab) 4 hours
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology (lecture + lab) 4 hours
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology (lecture + lab) 4 hours
PHYS 1401 College Physics I 4 hours
PHYS 1402 College Physics II 4 hours
PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies 4 hours
PHYS 1404 Solar System 4 hours
PHYS 1405 Elementary Physics I 4 hours
PHYS 1407 Elementary Physics II 4 hours

Math

MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 hours
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry 3 hours
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3 hours
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 3 hours
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I (Fundamentals of Mathematics I) 3 hours
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II (Fundamentals of Mathematics II) 3 hours
MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods 4 hours
MATH 2305 Discrete Mathematics 3 hours
MATH 2318 Linear Algebra 3 hours
MATH 2320 Differential Equations 3 hours
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4 hours
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4 hours
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4 hours
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4 hours

Music Industry Careers

MUSB 1305 Survey of Music Business 3 hours
MUSB 1341 Concert Promotion & Venue Management 3 hours
MUSB 2345 Live Music and Talent Management 3 hours
MUSB 2350 Commercial Music Project 3 hours
MUSB 2586 Internship - Music Business Management & Merchandising 5 hours
MUSC 1213 Commercial Music Theory I 2 hours
MUSC 1311 Commercial Music Sight Singing and Ear Training I 3 hours
MUSC 1321 Songwriting I 3 hours
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering I 3 hours
MUSC 1331 MIDI I (Music Instrument Digital Interface) 3 hours
MUSC 1335 Commercial Music Software 3 hours
MUSC 2131 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training III 1 hours
MUSC 2132 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training IV 1 hours
MUSC 2213 Commercial Music Theory II 2 hours
MUSC 2214 Improvisation Theory I 2 hours
MUSC 2234 Improvisation Theory II 2 hours
MUSC 2286 Internship - Recording Arts Technician 2 hours
MUSC 2311 Commercial Music Sight Singing & Ear Training II 3 hours
MUSC 2319 Commercial Orchestration 3 hours
MUSC 2330 Commercial Music Arranging and Composition 3 hours
MUSC 2427 Audio Engineering II 4 hours
MUSC 2447 Audio Engineering III 4 hours
MUSC 2448 Audio Engineering IV 4 hours
MUSP 1101 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours
MUSP 1103 Applied Commercial Music: Acoustic Bass 1 hours
MUSP 1104 Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 1 hours
MUSP 1105 Applied Commercial Music: Commercial Guitar 1 hours
MUSP 1110 Applied Commercial Music: Piano 1 hours
MUSP 1111 Applied Commercial Music: Fiddle 1 hours
MUSP 1113 Introductory Group Piano I 1 hours
MUSP 1114 Introductory Group Piano II 1 hours
MUSP 1115 Applied Commercial Music: Mandolin 1 hours
MUSP 1117 Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 1 hours
MUSP 1123 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer 1 hours
MUSP 1127 Applied Commercial Music: Voice 1 hours
MUSP 1146 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Country 1 hours
MUSP 1148 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Improvisation 1 hours
MUSP 1150 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Jazz 1 hours
MUSP 1153 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Rock 1 hours
MUSP 2103 Commercial Class Piano 1 hours
MUSP 2130 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Voice 1 hours
MUSP 2131 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Acoustic Bass 1 hours
MUSP 2133 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 1 hours
MUSP 2135 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Piano 1 hours
MUSP 2141 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Electric Guitar 1 hours
MUSP 2143 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Fiddle 1 hours
MUSP 2147 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Mandolin 1 hours
MUSP 2149 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 1 hours
MUSP 2159 Advanced Applied Commercial Music: Arranging & Composition 1 hours

Social/Behavioral Science

ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology 3 hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 hours
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hours
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hours
ENGR 2308 Engineering Economics 3 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hours
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours
SOCI 1306 Social Problems 3 hours
SOCI 2326 Social Psychology 3 hours
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work 3 hours

Speech

COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3 hours
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication 3 hours