How to Become a Songwriter

Those who have a knack for rhythm and love poetry may be interested in a career in songwriting. While anyone can “write” a song, those who are more adept in poetry and rhythm may find an easier time make a profitable career from it. Here are some of the steps you will need to take in order to pursue your songwriting career.
What is a songwriter?
A songwriter is a person who creates original, unique lyrics along with pairing the lyrics with a melody. Songwriters usually are self-employed and will sell their word to establish musicians or record labels. It is essential that songwriters are familiar with both lyric writing and music writing so they have the ability to develop a musical track that will go along with the original lyrics they created. Songwriters can stay in a specific type of genre, especially if they are an expert in the subject, they can also write songs for commercials and advertisements, films, and live theater productions.
What are the education requirements for a songwriter?
Often times, those who are in the music business aren’t asked for their education credentials. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pursue your education. Those who enter college may want to major in music to learn more about music writing and reading to expand their knowledge. This education can help to grow your song writing and make it stronger and reach its full potential. It is also a great idea for those interested in a career in songwriting to take a few classes of poetry or creative writing. You will learn about rhythms and beats, and also certain formulas to create unique songs.
Those who wish to move up from songwriter to being a publisher or recording executive may be required to have a bachelor’s degree in music and/or business. However, if you currently wish to pursue a career in songwriting alone, you should still look into taking college courses that will increase your writing knowledge and education.
Are there any other requirements needed to be a songwriter?
While it’s not necessary, learning to play an instrument can be highly beneficial for our songwriting. You will be able to play the music you write and see how it sounds, altering it to make it as pleasant sounding as possible. Certain instruments such as the piano or guitar are widely used by songwriters. These instruments allow you to listen to the chords of the work you have produced with ease. You don’t have to be an expert or prodigy in playing your instrument, but you should have enough information to get the basics down.
There is no specific training program for a songwriter. Many who are interested in the career will take their time to regularly practice their craft. Like all talents and professions, you will need the discipline to improve and reach your full potential. You can’t just expect to jot down a record-breaking song when you haven’t taken the time to practice your lyric or music writing.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-3043.05

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