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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Songwriting

School: Creative Expression  // Study Area: Creating Compelling Stories

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting equips students to write and produce music in a variety of musical styles and genres. Students develop skills in evaluating Western and non-Western music, folk music and contemporary oral music traditions to fuel creative, original musical fusions. Building on a theology of worship that spans both corporate worship and embodied worship in everyday life, students develop skills in writing music that reflect the Christian message as well as creating compositions as a catalyst for missional living.

Christians musicians today are in a unique position to use the influence of music to serve in the mission of God. While many focus on writing music for the church, missional musicians employ their songwriting skills as a means of developing relationships with non-Christians, thereby enhancing their opportunities to both demonstrate Christ's love and to share the good news of the gospel. Christian musicians may serve in many different sociocultural settings - where they interact interculturally. The Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting offers students the opportunity to serve in the mission of God where they are or around the globe through composing music.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving through composing music in the mission of God.

A study of biblical theology that provides the foundations of the praxis of worship in personal, community, and marketplace settings. Students will gain theological insight through the study of scripture with the specific focus of worship. They will study the establishment of worship from the Old Testament and realize the connection to New Testament church worship traditions. A cornerstone of worship transcending culture and time will be defined. Students will capture the theology of worship as it relates to the local congregation and the global church.

An introductory approach to composition and arranging techniques which explore competency in notation software such as SmartScore, Finale, Garageband. This course also explores the use of sequencing, loops in live or recording applications and integrating midi and digital audio to capture the student's daily inspiration.

In this course the musician will become an archaeologist of song experts. The student will mine through handfuls of timeless songs, and learn how to uncover and use relics and fragments of songwriting past, present, and future. The student will be equipped to gain inspiration from what they find, and will then gain the skill of integrating these fragments effectively, originally, and creatively into their own songwriting and compositions.

The student will learn advanced techniques in shaping musical compositions and arrangements, and will build a 7-Element ‘unified song’ that reflects all 8-weeks of learning in one cohesive work. This course is unique in that it offers the student a chance to compose in many individual elements common to composition, but gives the student the opportunity to preserve theme and motif consistently across the whole of a work.

The object of this course is not only to compose music that helps describe God truthfully to ourselves and others, but also learn how to create music that better helps people deepen in their logic of God. The student will plumb the depths of elements that make music, (i.e. pitch, rest, cadence, rhythm, etc.), and they will learn how musical items become a catalyst for all Christ’s followers—both musicians and not—to disciple people better.

Optional Additional Courses

A theoretical analysis of selected musical styles in folk music, non-Western art music and contemporary music in oral tradition. The course compares, contrasts and critiques global variations in structures of pitch, cadence, rhythm, or form. Students are introduced to basic transcription and analysis of global music genres as a foundation for moving beyond ethnocentric approaches.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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Artistic Administrator, Audio Engineer & Composer, Audio Mixer, Campus Music Director, Choir Director, Choral Conductor, Church Music Director, Composer, Composer/Sound Designer, Conductor, Contemporary Music Director, Director of Music Affairs, Director of Music Development and Outreach, Director of Music Ministries, Film Composer, Game Sound & Composer, Instrumental Music Director, Lead Sound Designer, Lyricist, Music & Liturgy Director, Music Arranger, Music Clerk, Music Composer, Music Coordinator, Music Copyist, Music Director, Music Editor, Music Instructor, Music Lead, Music Missionary, Music Producer, Music Program Coordinator, Music Reviewer, Musical Theater Composer and Lyricist, Music Performance Manager, Music Production Teacher, Music Researcher, Music Theory Teacher, Repertory Representative, Resident Music Director, Sanctuary Music Director, Singer, Songwriter, Sound Designer, Sound Technologist, Virtual Game Trailer Music Composer, Worship Leader.

 

 

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.