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Music Minor in Songwriting

Associate Professor Kevin Hanlon, Program Director

The minor in songwriting is available to majors in all disciplines at SMU who are interested in developing basic skills as composers, lyricists and/or recording artists. The program allows students to pursue a lyric, music or production emphasis within the field of songwriting. The plan includes a repeatable class in which songs are written, produced, performed and recorded.

Requirement for Admission
Successful completion of MUTH 3217: Songwriting and an interview with the program adviser.

See List of Music Courses & their Description

Required Courses 19 Credit Hours
MUTH 1301 (music majors and minors substitute MUTH 1129, 1229), 3117 (two terms), 3217, and 4310 10
MUAS 5322 3
ENGL 2390 3
One from AMAE 4321, or MUHI 3339, or MUHI 3340 3
Total Credit Hours 19

For more information about the Music Minor in Songwriting, contact:
Program Director, Associate Professor of Music Theory Kevin Hanlon 214-768-4248

The Music Minor in Songwriting is offered through the Division of Music.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies


B.A. in Music

B.M. in Performance

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Music Therapy

B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Minor in Music

Music Minor in Songwriting

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)




Faculty and Staff

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

Dallas Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors