Songwriting & Popular Music

Do You Have to Go to College to Be a Songwriter?

No, you don’t.

There are countless examples of famous and even great songwriters, rock musicians, and more who didn’t go to college.

However, there is a distinction in the 21st century between songwriters who pursue their major in college and those who do not.

Here’s the distinction:

In the 21st century, nearly anyone can learn to pick up an instrument, write lyrics, and record themselves performing their original works. Essentially, in this world where media and learning how to write songs is easily accessible, it becomes difficult to standout against the rest and successfully break into the industry.

So when you are trying to “make it” in the songwriting field professionally, talent scouts, venue owners, A&R representatives, and the like are going to look for two defining qualities.

One is that you can draw and/or entertain an audience, perhaps even have your own local following.

The other quality is that you have something unique about yourself that elevates you above other songwriters.

So is having a college degree the one thing that can make you more unique above other songwriters?

Yes, and here’s why:

Going to college for Songwriting gives you not only world-class training from professional songwriters and industry leaders, it also provides for you a social network of musicians that are also receiving high level musical instruction. Your songwriting, during your four years of training at a music college, matures with your experience of thriving in an organic musical environment.

Colleges in Boston, Nashville, Austin, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, the UK, and beyond have emerged as premiere destinations for songwriters, thank not only to excellent programs that exist in those cities, but also because those places are cultural epicenters where musical opportunities are abundant.

College consultant Steve Lipman has consulted musicians into Songwriting programs throughout the US.

Here are our services for songwriters.


Tier 1: The Platinum Concierge Advising

In our highest tier of service for songwriters, you will:

  • Attain expert guidance throughout the entire college admissions process with Bill and Steve, develop a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions, and master the procedures behind college selection and application.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.
  • Receive a list of up to 15 “right-fit” colleges that would fit the you best, including “safety,” “match,” and “reach” schools.
  • Experience a staged audition with a professional college faculty musician & songwriter, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your live audition into music school.
  • Gain insight into US & international programs; Steve Lipman once helped open a music school in the UK, working with Paul McCartney and other prominent musicians in the process. Many great options exist for in the US and abroad.
  • Expose yourself to a simulated interview with a college admissions officer, providing for you a detailed and thorough overview of how you can excel at this challenging and often overlooked component of the college admissions process.
  • Build a phenomenal resume that “pops” off the page from a sea of 1000s of other competitive performance resumes.
  • Compose an outstanding essay with Steve Lipman, who, in his 40 years working at one of the most widely renowned music schools in the world, has reviewed tens of thousands of college application essays. Steve knows the do’s, don’ts, and best practices for creating an outstanding, personable, and wholly original essay.
  • Master the “Personal Statement  portion of your application. We show you exactly how to make this part of the application eloquently express your personality.
  • Polish your pre-screening recording with a professional college faculty songwriter. As an applicant to a top school, you want to make sure that not only is your pre-screening recording excellent in its audio quality, but that your playing in it is at a highly competitive level.

Tier 2: Gold Standard Service

In our second-highest tier of service for songwriters, you will:

  • Receive a list of up to 10 “right-fit” music colleges that would fit the student musician best, including “safety,” “match,” and “reach” schools.
  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions, and more.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.
  • Experience a staged audition with a professional college faculty musician & songwriter, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your live audition into music school.
  • Expose yourself to a simulated interview with a college admissions officer, who will provide for you a detailed and thorough analysis of how you can master this challenging and often overlooked component of the college admissions process.

Tier 3: Silver Level Audition & Interview

In our second-highest tier of service for songwriters, you will:

  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions, and more.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.
  • Experience a staged audition with a professional college faculty musician & songwriter, ensuring maximal success for the day of a your live audition into music school.
  • Expose yourself to a simulated interview with a college admissions officer, who will provide for you a detailed and thorough analysis of how you can master this challenging and often overlooked component of the college admissions process.

Tier 4: Fundamental Consultation

In our fundamental tier of service for songwriters, you will:

  • Consult in one session for 2 hours with Bill and Steve. This consultation will address concerns the family has about the college application and selection process, provide a clear map for overcoming the trials of college admissions, and give insight into getting through the college application.
  • Review your academic record, standardized test scores, and musical accomplishments to date, candidly learning which kinds of schools best match your interests and credentials.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Steve and Bill are available to discuss with you how we can help you or the musician in your family. To schedule a free, no obligation 20-minute consultation in which you can learn more about what we can do for you, click the “Schedule a Free Consultation” button below. A form will appear upon clicking the button; simply fill out the form in its entirety. After you enter your information and click “submit”, we will contact you via email within 48 hours.

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Deluxe Services

If you are interested in receiving extra services that will not only boost the quality of your college application, but will also give you a head start on your music career, we are here to help.

Read more about our deluxe services here.


Price

College is a considerable investment of time, money, and personal endeavor for the future of you or the musician in your family.

Our service is more than just an insurance of competitive application quality; it is a commitment to discovering which college experience will be the very best for you, both in your present life and in your musically diverse future career.

We take pride in being very clear about our prices; we know that the value of finding the right college for you is, without question, priceless.

Contact us today – after we speak to you about how we can help you best achieve your college goals, you will receive an email with a personalized quote.


Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you are serious about your career as a dedicated, passionate musician who is seeking the highest level of education, don’t hesitate and wait.

Interested in learning more? Click below to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with us today to discuss your goals.

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