Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course develops students’ songwriting skills for a wide range of musical styles, genres and contexts. Students will extend their songwriting skills in lyric writing, melody writing, form, rhythm, storytelling and harmony. Case studies, critical listening and practical exercises are used as a basis for students creating original compositions produced for industry-based contexts.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI2302. Students who have successfully completed MUSI2302 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI2901.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify major songwriting genres and exemplary artists within those genres

2. Incorporate a variety of performing media and technology in the songwriting process

3. Analyse different musical and cultural contexts through songs and their lyrics

4. Apply knowledge of songwriting copyright and distribution models


  • advanced songwriting techniques
  • lyric and melody writing strategies
  • writing in commercial contexts
  • music distribution and marketing strategies
  • approaches to co-writing and collaboration
  • songwriting and copyright
  • recording and publishing


This course replaces MUSI2302. If you have successfully completed MUSI2302 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Songwriting analysis in a professional context 30%

Professional Task: Songwriting Brief 30%

Portfolio: Songwriting Portfolio 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.