BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION

Los Angeles, CA
180 Quarter Credit units

The Bachelor of Songwriting and Production at Musicians Institute is designed to create versatile and functioning songwriters in today’s modern music industry.

WRITE AND PRODUCE YOUR OWN MUSIC

Graduates of this program will be able to write and produce their own music, while also gaining the skills to write music for other artists or for TV, film and commercial placement. Curriculum includes classes in Songwriting, Lyric Writing, Contemporary Arranging, Studio Production, Ensemble, Logic, Pro Tools, Ear Training, and more.

Students will write, perform and record their own original music over the scope of the program, so they will be fully prepared to enter any studio or writer’s room with confidence.

CAREER OPTIONS

Artist/Songwriter
Songwriter for TV, Film or Digital Media
Songwriter/Producer

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MAJOR AREA

BACH-S.PL | Bachelor Songwriting Private Lesson 1-12 | Credits: 2.00
Fostering the development of students’ “compositional voices” serves as the main objective within the Songwriting & Production lesson program. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

BACH-S101 Songwriting 1: Introduction to Pop Songwriting | Credits: 1.50
This course enables students to develop the analytical, compositional and performance skills necessary for successfully navigating contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the compositional and production components that contribute to authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation of these classes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S201 | Songwriting 2: Pop and Country Songwriting | Credits: 1.50
Prerequisites: BACH-S101: Songwriting 1: Introduction to Pop Songwriting and BACH-S125: Lyric Writing 1: Introduction to Lyric Writing. This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to create, analyze, critique, and revise song lyrics in the contemporary songwriting market. Students will learn important concepts relating to lyrics, including finding inspiration, mastering tools of the craft, and tailoring lyrics to different styles and situations. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S301 | Songwriting 3: Folk, Blues, Reggae, and Early Rock Songwriting | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: BACH-S201: Songwriting 2: Pop and Country Songwriting and BACH-S225: Lyric Writing 2. This course enables students to develop the analytical, compositional and performance skills necessary for successfully navigating contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the compositional and production components that contribute to authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S401 | Songwriting 4: Rock and Fusion Songwriting | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S301: Songwriting 3: Folk, Blues, Reggae, and Early Rock Songwriting. This course enables students to develop the analytical, compositional and performance skills necessary for successfully navigating contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the compositional and production components that contribute to authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S501 | Songwriting 5: R&b, Hip Hop, Gospel and Latin Songwriting | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S401: Songwriting 4: Rock and Fusion Songwriting. This course enables students to develop the analytical, compositional and performance skills necessary for successfully navigating contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the compositional and production components that contribute to authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S601 | Songwriting 6: Broadway and Jazz Songwriting | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S501: Songwriting 5: R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel and Latin Songwriting. This course enables students to develop the analytical, compositional and performance skills necessary for successfully navigating contemporary music’s ever changing stylistic landscape. Group study of the compositional and production components that contribute to authenticity pertaining to key genres and repertoire serves as the curricular foundation of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S125 | Lyric Writing 1: Introduction to Lyric Writing | Credits: 2.00
This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to create, analyze, critique, and revise song lyrics in the contemporary songwriting market. Students will learn important concepts relating to lyrics, including finding inspiration, mastering tools of the craft, and tailoring lyrics to different styles and situations. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S225 | Lyric Writing 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: BACH-S101: Songwriting 1: Introduction to Pop Songwriting and BACH-S125: Lyric Writing 1: Introduction to Lyric Writing. This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to create, analyze, critique, and revise song lyrics in the contemporary songwriting market. Students will learn important concepts relating to lyrics, including finding inspiration, mastering tools of the craft, and tailoring lyrics to different styles and situations. This course will introduce advanced story-telling techniques. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S306 | Vocal Technique for Songwriters | Credits: 1.00
This course will instruct students on proper vocal technique so that even non-vocal songwriters will be able to sing competent demo versions of their songs. The course will feature breathing, placement, tone, and pitch control. Students will learn vocal characteristics across a myriad of different styles. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S406 | Guitar Harmony for Songwriters Songwriting | Credits: 1.00
This course will instruct students on basic guitar technique in order for them to be able to write appropriate guitar parts for their music. The course will focus on open chord shapes (and transpositions through use of Capos), strum and fingerstyle accompaniment patterns, and barre chord shapes. Students will lean stylistic guitar accompaniment across a variety of genres. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-P103 | Contemporary Arranging 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: Theory 3 (CC-301) and Sibelius Notation (BACH-P127). Introduction to instrumentation, arranging techniques, and notation practices for live rhythm section. Emphasis is on score and parts preparation and notation in selected contemporary styles. As a final project, each student completes a studio recording of an arrangement for piano, guitar, bass and drums. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter. Required lab fee:$200.00.

BACH-P103 | Contemporary Arranging 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: Theory 3 (CC-301) and Sibelius Notation (BACH-P127). Introduction to instrumentation, arranging techniques, and notation practices for live rhythm section. Emphasis is on score and parts preparation and notation in selected contemporary styles. As a final project, each student completes a studio recording of an arrangement for piano, guitar, bass and drums. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter. Required lab fee:$200.00.

BACH-P303 | Contemporary Arranging 3 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-P203 Contemporary Arranging 2. Arranging techniques for ensembles including woodwind instruments (saxophone, flute and clarinet). Discussion includes transposition, range and idiomatic usage of these instruments in popular styles. The objective is to study the woodwind family with emphasis on four-part harmonization. Builds on core rhythm section by adding instrumental riffs, accents, counter melody and additional harmony. Stylistic analysis and arrangement projects in Pop, Hip Hop, Country, and Electronica. As a final project, each student completes a studio recording of an arrangement for trumpet, alto or clarinet, tenor or flute, trombone, guitar, bass and drums. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter. Required lab fee:$200.00.

BACH-P403 | Contemporary Arranging 4 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-M303 Contemporary Arranging 3. Course focuses on string section writing as it applies to contemporary production, with an emphasis on re-harmonization. Basic contrapuntal arranging with voice leading and understanding of ranges and color/timbre blending. As a final project, each student completes a studio recording of an arrangement for string quintet and drums. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter. Required lab fee: $200.00.

BACH-P503 | Contemporary Arranging 5 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-P403 Contemporary Arranging 4. Course focuses on combined rhythm section, woodwind, brass and string writing as it applies to contemporary productions. As a secondary objective, students learn to analyze scores of contemporary arrangements that include all instruments. As a final project, each student completes a studio recording of an arrangement for rhythm section, woodwinds, brass and strings including overdubs. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter. Required lab fee: $200.00.

BACH-S710 | Sophomore Recital | Credits: 2.00
CC-601: Harmony & Theory 601, BACH-P203: Contemporary Arranging 2. Corequisite: BACH-S.PL Songwriting Private Lesson. The sophomore recital is designed to assess the performance and compositional abilities of all candidates pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Songwriting & Production at Musicians Institute. Original music and arrangements will be displayed through solo & ensemble performance across a wide range of contemporary styles to serve as the primary method for judging proficiency. Students are responsible for selecting their own personnel, scheduling rehearsals and writing arrangements (complete with score and ensemble parts) for all performance selections. Five bi-weekly mentoring sessions with an advisor for one quarter, and a final performance at the end of the quarter.

BACH-S801 | Compositional Style & Analysis 1 | Credits: 2.00
Corequisite: BACH-S.PL Songwriting Private Lesson. This course examines the musical contributions of various artists in shaping the genres of Blues, Folk, Brazilian, World, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Broadway, Rock, Pop and R&B music. Analyzing, learning and performing compositions written by representative artists serves as the primary focus of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S901 | Compositional Style & Analysis 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S801: Compositional Style & Analysis 1. This course examines the musical contributions of various artists in shaping the genres of Blues, Folk, Brazilian, World, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Broadway, Rock, Pop and R&B music. Analyzing, learning and performing compositions written by representative artists serves as the primary focus of these classes. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S111 | Vocal Arranging 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-801: Harmony & Theory 801, BACH-P503: Contemporary Arranging 5, and BACH-S710: Sophomore Recital. Corequisite: BACH-S110: Production 1. This course explores practical techniques and strategies for successful vocal arranging and composition development. Independent and group analysis of traditional part singing (lead, duet, small-group and background), “vocalese” and vocal effects along with additional techniques employed by many of popular music’s most prolific songwriters and arrangers will serve as the primary focus of this course. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S211 | Vocal Arranging 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S111: Vocal Arranging 1. Corequisite: BACH-S210: Production 2. Vocal Arranging II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on vocal ensemble arranging for use with original compositions. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S910 | Senior Portfolio Project | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: CC-801: Harmony & Theory 801, BACH-P503: Contemporary Arranging 5, BACH-S211: Vocal Arranging 2, and BACH-S710: Sophomore Recital. Corequisite: BACH-S.PL Songwriting Private Lesson. The senior portfolio serves as the final project for all candidates pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Songwriting & Production at Musicians Institute. All portfolios must include: 1. One ensemble transcription of a representative contemporary work, complete with score, ensemble charts and new studio recording, 2. One ensemble arrangement of a representative contemporary work, complete with score, ensemble charts and studio recording, 3. Two student compositions complete with score, ensemble charts and studio recordings (one recording using live instrumentation, the other utilizing “virtual instrumentation”). Candidates are responsible for selecting their own personnel and scheduling rehearsals and studio time. Five bi-weekly mentoring sessions with an advisor for one quarter, and a final studio recording project requirement due at the end of the quarter.

MUSICIANSHIP

CC-101 | Harmony & Theory 101 | Credits: 1.50
Prerequisite: CC-021 Harmony and Theory 021. This course presents variations on diatonic structures from Harmony and Theory 2. Highlights include pentatonic and blues scales, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes, and voice leading and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

CC-201 | Harmony & Theory 201 | Credits: 1.50
Prerequisite: CC-101 Harmony and Theory 101. Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

CC-301 | Harmony & Theory 301 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-201 Harmony & Theory 201. This course focuses on topics including: musical textures, irregular resolutions, use of melodic and harmonic sequences and diminished seventh chords. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-401 | Harmony & Theory 401 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-301 Harmony & Theory 301. This course covers the analysis and application of the incomplete major ninth chord, seventh chords in non-dominant harmonic function, neighbor chord harmony, ninth, eleventh, thirteen and appoggiatura chords. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-501 | Harmony & Theory 501 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: CC-401 Harmony and Theory 401. This course covers the analysis and application of chromatic altered chords including the +II7 and +VI7, Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords and chords with lowered and raised fifths. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-601 | Harmony & Theory 601 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-501 Harmony & Theory 501. This course covers the analysis and application of the incomplete major ninth chord, seventh chords in non-dominant harmonic function, neighbor-chord harmony, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, and appoggiatura chords. Continued focus on four-part writing, figured bass and harmonization. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-701 | Harmony & Theory 701 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-601 Harmony & Theory 601. This course covers the analysis and application of chromatic altered chords, including the +II7 and +VI7, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords and chords with lowered and raised fifths. Continued focus on four-part writing, figured bass and harmonization. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-801 | Harmony & Theory 801 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-701 Harmony & Theory 701. This course covers the analysis of late 19th and early 20th century scores. Discussions include: pandiatonicism, serial writing, polytonality, parallel harmony and, use of symmetrical scales. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter

CC-102 | Ear Training 102 | Credits: 1.50
Prerequisite: CC-022 Ear Training 022. Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

CC-202 | Ear Training 202 | Credits: 1.50
Prerequisite: CC-102 Ear Training 102. Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic major and minor melody and harmony, and rhythmic figures including sixteen notes. Includes specific examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab per week for one quarter.

CC-302 | Ear Training 302 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-202 Ear Training 202. Development of advanced musical reflexes through the use of “movable do solfege.” Topics include: diatonic major scale harmony in all twelve keys. Techniques include note recognition, intervallic structures, melodic patterns, identification and arpeggiation of harmonic forms in all inversions, dictation, transcription, and sightsinging while conducting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-402 | Ear Training 402 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: CC-302 Ear Training 302. Continued development of advanced musical reflexes through the use of “movable do solfege.” Topics include: parallel minor scale harmony in its three basic forms: natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor in all twelve keys. Techniques include note recognition, intervallic structures, melodic patterns, identification and arpeggiation of harmonic forms in all inversions, dictation, transcription, and sightsinging while conducting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-502 | Ear Training 502 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-402 Ear Training 402. Continued development of advanced musical reflexes through the use of “movable do solfege.” Topics include: modal harmony that is nondiatonic to the major or parallel minor scales in all twelve keys. Techniques include note recognition, intervallic structures, melodic patterns, identification and arpeggiation of harmonic forms in all inversions, dictation, transcription, and sightsinging while conducting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-602 | Ear Training 602 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: CC-502 Ear Training 502. Continued development of advanced musical reflexes through the use of “movable do solfege.” Topics include: altered and symmetrical scale harmony in all twelve keys. Techniques include note recognition, intervallic structures, melodic patterns, identification and arpeggiation of harmonic forms in all inversions, dictation, transcription, and sightsinging while conducting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

CC-108 | Keyboard Proficiency 1 | Credits: 1.00
Keyboard Proficiency 1 serves as an introduction to contemporary keyboard technique. Through the study of physical posture, finger technique, diatonic scales & chord progressions, this course will enable students to develop the necessary motor-skills required for using the keyboard both as a performing instrument and compositional tool. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter. This course is not available to Keyboard Program students.

CC-208 | Keyboard Proficiency 2 | Credits: 1.00
Prerequisite: CC-108 Keyboard Proficiency 1. This course further develops the technical skills required for successful keyboard performance and musical comprehension. Pop and Classical repertoire performance serves as the main focus of this course, in addition to further study of chord progressions and scales. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-P313 | Keyboard Proficiency 3 | Credits: 1.00
Prerequisite: BACH-P313 Keyboard Proficiency 2. Degree-specific course for non-keyboard majors. This course will address very practical skills that should be a part of every professional musician’s toolbox including lead sheet interpretation, basic score reading and outlining an arrangement. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S804 | Composers Ensemble 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S710: Sophomore Recital. This course serves as a platform for students to present and perform their own compositions and arrangements. Weekly live performance workshops provide for development of ensemble writing techniques, improvisational skills and repertoire building in various styles. All songwriting majors serve as ensemble members for one another. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S904 | Composers Ensemble 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S804: Composers Ensemble 1. Composers Ensemble II places primary emphasis on the presentation, performance and refinement of advanced student compositions for subsequent inclusion in senior portfolio projects. Whenever possible, visiting artists are invited to participate in the group discussion and professional critique that serves as the intellectual foundation of Composers Ensemble I-II. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

SUPPORTIVE MUSIC

BACH-P127 | Sibelius Notation | Credits: 1.00
Using Sibelius notation software to create lead sheets, master rhythm scores and individual parts formatted in a way similar to those students will need to create for Arranging 1-5 and Sophomore and Senior juries. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

AUDIO-052 | Logic 1 | Credits: 1.00
Prerequisite: Students enrolled in Industry Studies Programs must obtain permission from the Audio Engineering Chair prior to enrollment. This course introduces songwriters, composers, producers and sound engineers to the primary features and basic user interface of Logic Pro X. Upon completion, students will understand the process of creating an actual song. Preproduction using apple loops, recording/editing audio, arranging of tracks and produce drum beats with a virtual drummer will be touched on. This course covers the requirements needed (Part 1 of 2) to take the Apple Certified Pro Level One exam in Logic Pro X. This course is equivalent to AUDIO-052E (Logic 1). Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

AUDIO-152 | Logic 2 | Credits: 1.00
Prerequisite: AUDIO-052 Logic 1. This course is a continuation of the Logic Pro X user interface for songwriters, composers, producers and sound engineers. Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate how to use Logic Pro’s comprehensive array of software instruments, arranging of MIDI sequences, as well as editing with Flex Time & Pitch, digital effects processing, mixing, automation, trouble-shooting. This course covers the requirements needed (Part 2 of 2) to take the Apple Certified Pro Level One exam in Logic Pro X. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S407 | Keyboard and Harmony for Songwriting 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-P313: Keyboard Proficiency 3. This course explores practical techniques and strategies for successfully using the keyboard as a tool for songwriting. Independent and group analysis of form, phrasing, chordal voicings and voice leading approaches employed by many of popular music’s most prolific songwriters and arrangers will serve as the primary focus of this course. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S507 | Keyboard and Harmony for Songwriting 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S407: Keyboard and Harmony for Songwriting 1. Keyboard Harmony for Songwriting II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on utilizing the keyboard as a tool for the composition and arrangement of student works. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-PSL (BACH-B.PSL, BACH-D.PSL, BACH-G.PSL, BACH-K.PSL, BACH-V.PSL) | Secondary Applied Lesson | Credits: 2.00
This is course allows students to study privately with an instructor on an additional instrument of their choosing. Students may choose from the following: vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass or drums. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

AUDIO-057 | ProTools 101 | Credits: 2.00
This course focuses on the basic concepts and theory involved in using a digital audio workstation. Students will be able to set-up an Avid ProTools® session for recording, importing audio, editing, recording MIDI, backing-up data, working with fire wire drives, and more. When taken with AUDIO-157 (ProTools 110), these courses combined will serve as an equivalent to AUDIO-103 (ProTools 101 & 110) for students who decide to proceed into the Certificate in Audio Engineering. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

AUDIO-157 | ProTools 110 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: AUDIO-057 Pro Tools 101. This course is a continuation on the basic concepts and theory involved in using a digital audio workstation. Students will be able to set-up an Avid ProTools® session for recording, importing audio, editing, recording MIDI, backing-up data, working with fire wire drives, and more. When taken with AUDIO-057 (ProTools 101), these courses combined will serve as an equivalent to AUDIO-103 (ProTools 101 & 110) for students who decide to proceed into the Certificate in Audio Engineering. Completion of the course prepares students to take the Avid ProTools Certified User Exam. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-P121 | MH I: Roots of Rock & Roll | Credits: 2.00
A survey of Rock’s roots, including Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, New Orleans, vocal groups, doo-wop, and early ’60s pop, including an examination of the major artists and regional influences. Weekly discussion, analysis and listening examples related to each topic. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-P122 | MH II: World Music | Credits: 2.00
A study of music in the context of selected cultures and regions around the world. The many ways in which music and lyrics function in reflecting these cultures are explored through listening, analysis and transcriptions. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-P123 | MH III-1: Western Music: 600-1820 | Credits: 2.00
A survey of Western art music from the Middle Ages through the Classical period. The course will include discussion of major styles and forms in historical context, supplemented by representative listening and score analysis. In addition to workbook assignments, midterm, and final examinations, students must attend and write a report on a relevant concert performance as well as make a separate presentation to the class on a related topic of student’s choice. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-P222 | MH IV Western Art: 1820-21st Cent | Credits: 2.00
The history of musical styles from Romantic period to the present, including cultural contexts and social meaning. Composers and musical developments in European and American Art Music, orchestral, chord, band, chamber music and solo repertoire are combined with the influences of music from other world cultures. Compositional techniques, style characteristics, and relationships are emphasized. In addition, to workbook assignments, midterm and final examinations, students must attend and write a report on a relevant concert performance as well as make a separate presentation to the class on a related topic of student’s choice. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-M486 | The Business of Composing 1 | Credits: 1.00
This course explores of the world of music publishing and the how-to of owning and exploiting musical copyrights. Topics include: copyright law and terminology, the online electronic Copyright Office (eCO) process, publishing rights, how to set up a music publishing company, US PROs, public performance royalties, how to affiliate with a PRO, cue sheets, songwriter contracts and co-publishing agreements, administration agreements, sub publishing, joint works, royalty splits, mechanical and synchronization licenses, works made for hire, sampling, industry organizations and resources for further study. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-M487 | The Business of Composing 2 | Credits: 1.00
Prerequisite: BACH-M486 The Business of Composing 1. This course examines music licensing and the process of placing music and songs into film, television, video games, commercials and other productions. Topics include: music licensing terminology, songwriter co-administration agreements, the importance of music and songs in the film and television production process, sources of musical content for producers, the “Two Sides,” music production libraries and one-stop shopping, the role of the music supervisor, source cues, music clearance, spotting sessions and a composer’s timing notes, temp music, how to negotiate synchronization and master use licenses, composer package deals, music production and sound recordings, union contracts, and how to fill out a cue sheet. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S110 | Vocal Production and Collaboration 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: AUDIO-152: Logic 2, BACH-S710: Sophomore Recital. Corequisite: BACH-S111: Vocal Arranging 1. This course prepares students for successfully navigating the recording studio environment as vocalist, instrumentalist, arranger, producer and mixer. Production I focuses on recording theory and pre-production techniques including mic types and proper placements, timbral ear training, rehearsal & recording techniques, microphone, preamp and headphone mixes, EQ considerations and general session preparation. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S210 | Vocal Production and Collaboration 2 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: AUDIO-157: ProTools 110 and BACH-S110: Production 1. Corequisite: BACH-S211: Vocal Arranging 2. Production II, while similar in overall design to level I, places primary emphasis on recording, mixing and general post-production techniques. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S112 | Production Music for Visual Media 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-M487: Business of Composing 2. Introduction to musical analysis from the perspectives of the composer/songwriter and the music supervisor, including identifying and interpreting aspects of tone, timbre, instrumentation, dynamics and motifs within a custom composition or song placement for film or television. Students are assigned to review a short film from the perspective of a music supervisor, assigning specific aspects of lyric content, melodic tone, dynamics, etc. to significant markers in the film and communicating the desired aspects to the composer. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

BACH-S212 | Production Music for Visual Media 1 | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisite: BACH-S212 Production Music for Visual Media 1. The course is a continued study of the relationship between music and visual media from the perspectives of both the composer and the music supervisor. Professionals in the field explain and demonstrate the role and requirements of production music libraries by screening film, TV and ad cues and interpreting the accompanying sound effects, compositions and soundtrack elements. Topics of discussion include the process of custom composing for short films, feature films, various TV show formats, ads/commercials, corporate events, and religious institutions. Students are required to source and select (“place”) existing song material for use in a commercial, a film trailer and as a TV theme song, including researching the availability of material and analyzing and explaining the musical attributes of selections. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

ELECTIVES

BACH-P010E | Independent Study | Credits: 2.00
Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 3.25 or above in core courses and permission of program Dean. Provides students with an opportunity to explore a specific subject area in depth through independent course work with faculty supervision. One lecture hour per week for one quarter. May be repeated for credit.

BACH-S120E | Music Technology in Live Performance | Credits: 1.00
This course explores the role of music technology as a tool for enhancing live performance. Curricular topics include click track programming, backing track production, sound replacement techniques, triggers, samples and equalization along with additional approaches to timbre modification. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S121E | Website Design | Credits: 1.00
This course serves as an introduction to web design and self-promotion, the primary focus being to teach students how to build and maintain a fully functional and self-owned professional website, complete with E-commerce capability. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

BACH-S122E | Western Songwriting Traditions | Credits: 1.00
This undergraduate level course presents a survey of Western songwriting traditions from the Medieval era through present day, with emphasis on the social, political and economic conditions affecting them. Genres to be discussed include sacred & secular European traditions, Art songs, American spirituals & Folk music, County & Western, Blues, Bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Jazz, Rock & Roll, R&B/Soul and Pop. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

COURSE CATALOG

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WHAT WILL I LEARN?
  • Write, perform and record original music.
  • Write and arrange a Senior Project Portfolio, editing Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Live band with horns and virtual instrumentation.
  • Mix, master and create liner notes for professional demo to be used after graduation.
  • How to use industry standard recording and notation software including Logic, Pro Tools, Abelton Live, Sibelius and others.
COURSE CATALOG

For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: BACHELOR

Students looking to apply to Musicians Institute Bachelor of Music in Songwriting and Production program should have working knowledge and experience in each of the follows areas:

Music Theory

  • Notating all major and minor scales (bass and treble clefs)
  • Key signatures, time signatures (simple and compound)
  • Intervals, triads, and seventh chord construction
  • Basic harmonic analysis using both treble clef and grand staff

Ear Training

  • Hearing and identifying diatonic scale members and intervals Hearing basic chord qualities
  • Hearing and notating basic rhythms
  • Hearing and notating basic chord progressions

Instrument (All Instruments)

  • All major and minor scales (two octaves)
  • Ability to read melodies and rhythms in simple time signatures
  • Ability to play different styles of music (i.e. rock, latin, funk, jazz) Ability to read chord charts and master rhythm parts
  • Ability to play with consistent time-feel (with and without a metronome)
  • Experience playing in small or large ensembles

GUITAR

  • Ability to play various seventh chord voicings
  • Ability to comp. in various styles with appropriate sound

KEYBOARD

  • Ability to play scales (both hands – similar and contrary motion)
  • Ability to play seventh chord voicings
  • Ability to comp. in various styles

BASS

  • Ability to play blues and other standard song forms
  • Ability to create a part from an existing chord chart

DRUM

  • Ability to play basic rudiments
  • Ability to read snare drum music
  • Ability to read drum kit specific charts
  • Ability to play solid time and groove in various styles

VOCAL

  • Ability to sing scales and intervals in tune (without instrumental support) Good intonation throughout vocal range
  • Ability to read vocal parts
  • Ability to demonstrate good time and phrasing
  • Basic ability to sing in various vocal styles

SONGWRITING & PRODUCTION

  • Meet the above requirements on your instrument/voice
  • Have written and can perform at least 2 original songs
  • Familiar with working on a DAW
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Musicians Institute offers many opportunities for scholarships in all of our programs. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

FINANCIAL AID

Please visit MI’s Financial Aid page for all the details on how you can qualify.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

This program is currently only approved for Domestic (U.S. Citizen) students.

FACULTY

Our faculty is comprised of dedicated, working professionals in the competitive Los Angeles music scene. These passionate professionals offer clear guidance and nurturing class environments, designed for students get the most out of their time at MI.

LAUREN PARDINI

CREDITS: Marvel Comic, Greys Anatomy, A$AP Ferg

SUZAN KOÇ

CREDITS: Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Brandy

IAN ROBBINS

CREDITS: This Is Us, America’s Got Talent, Barry Manilow, Bonnie Raitt

FACILITIES

  • Full production sound stages and recording studios
  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
  • New private drum studio specifically designed to accommodate one-on-one program chair counseling sessions and live auditions
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7
  • Specialty gear such as be-bop and e-kits.

LIVE SOUND ROOM MI-190

STUDIO A

STUDIO C

MI CONCERT HALL

LIVE PERFORMANCE HALL

INDEPENDENT ARTIST TRACKING STUDIO

READY TO ROCK?

The first step in applying to any MI program is to complete an Application for Admission, and get started with the best music college!

QUESTIONS?

Have a question for our music school? Our admissions department is available to answer your questions, give us a call!

COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, tuition, and course information for MI's on-campus and online programs.

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