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New Songwriting Major
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Indiana Wesleyan University has announced the accreditation of a new interdisciplinary major in songwriting to begin in the next academic year. This new major is also a new paradigm in academic training for aspiring songwriters, preparing them to not only bring expertise to writing for the church but also to give the tools needed to impact the culture in other genres of music.

Conceived to give not just technical training in recording and promoting a song, this major is to provide a widely based and usable background that will include music (theory, proficiency and composition), lyric writing (poetry, relevant literature, song history and universal symbol and metaphor), awareness of audiences (psychology, cultural trends) and producing and marketing (recording, promoting and performing). There will also be advisory help in connecting songwriting with other vocations like worship leading, music therapy and social work.

I believe this to be a new model for songwriting majors in other academic settings and a trailblazer for raising the quality of the songs that carry our faith and reshape our world’s values.

Enriching this new songwriting learning experience will be the opportunity for the students to interact with and be instructed by accomplished songwriters from various genres of music. Supporting this enrichment will be what Indiana Wesleyan is christening an “Endowed Revolving Chair” which will finance the short-term stay on the campus of a wide variety of visiting professional songwriters. This program will allow students to learn from many different approaches to the creative process and a wide variety of musical styles. Anyone interested in helping to endow this amazing program can contact the office of Dr. Brian Gardner, V.P. for University Advancement.

This fresh new approach to training our next generation of songwriters has been a labor of love. It has been my privilege to work with Dr. Todd Guy and Dr. Todd Syswerda and to watch firsthand the shaping of this program to the great hope to keep singing strong, well-written songs to our children and grandchildren until Jesus comes.