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.
Bill has consulted musicians into top Songwriting programs throughout the US.
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