Fall 2020

Song Writing

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-267

Formerly listed as: MUSI-67

Moodle site: Course


Eric W. Sawyer (Section 01)


The writing of songs based upon a study of song forms in a variety of styles, including blues, rock, Tin Pan Alley, American folk song, and more. A composition course with much individual attention. Significant class time will be spent discussing student compositions, with occasional meetings with the instructor outside of class hours. Special attention will be paid to the interactions of African American, Latin American, and European American musical traditions in American popular song. The creation of lyrics will also be considered. Two class meetings per week.

For the 2021 academic year, this course will fulfill the music major requirement represented by MUSI 242/243/244. Students wishing to fulfill this requirement will have occasional additional meetings with the instructor outside of class hours on topics of advanced harmonic usage to be employed in their song writing.

Requisite: Students should have some background in music performance, chords, or writing. Students fulfilling the MUSI 242/243/244 requirement must have completed MUSI 241. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Sawyer. Course will be taught synchronously over zoom and the course website.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first-years, sophomores, and music majors.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Fall 2016, Spring 2020, Fall 2020