Composition & Songwriting Program

Our 15-week program focuses on leveraging your unique creative talents so your music can interface with dozens of different sectors in the entertainment industry, regardless of musical genre.

Composers and songwriters come to Nashville from all over the world to pursue their careers. In our program you’ll study with instructors who are veterans in the industry. You’ll record songs at Dark Horse Studios where Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Matchbox Twenty, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Alice In Chains and countless others have recorded their music.

Areas of Focus

  • The Journey of a song
  • Song structure
  • Critical listening
  • Musical composition
  • Lyrical phrasing
  • Mapping your song with rhyme
  • Songwriting strategy
  • Tapping into creative levels
  • Constructing full length songs
  • Creating a fan base
  • Co-writing
  • How to present your own music
  • Marketing techniques

Is a Career in Composition & Songwriting Right for You? Find Out!

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

The 15-week, 375-hour Composition & Songwriting Program at Dark Horse Institute offers an incredible collaboration between Songwriting, Audio Engineering and Music Business students, and our location in Music City provides unparalleled opportunities for networking and industry engagement. We encourage our songwriters to take advantage of social media and the ever evolving platforms that will help you get your music the exposure it deserve.

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