Study Songwriting at Waikato

Equip yourself with the skills necessary to develop a fully produced song ready for distribution when you study Songwriting at Waikato.

The new paper Introduction to Songwriting, being offered over the summer in 2017, will introduce you to the fundamental principles of popular songwriting.

You’ll learn principles of lyric writing, harmonic structure, form, and melodic and rhythmic development, and gain a deeper understanding of songwriting techniques that can be applied to your own compositional practices.

You’ll also learn how to produce a finished song using a digital audio workstation and gain an understanding of MIDI, digital audio, and basic mixing techniques in a practical, hands-on setting. By the end of the semester, you’ll have written and produced an original song and recorded it onto CD.

MUSI113 Introduction to Songwriting is a paper on offer during the University of Waikato’s S Semester, which runs from January 4th to February 17th, 2017. This paper is being offered at the Hamilton campus, as well as online.

Download the full course outline

Entry Requirements

Students should have basic knowledge/experience in songwriting and/or music production; familiarity with concepts relating to notation, harmony and rhythm are strongly recommended as students will need to produce written copies of their work.

Students will also be able to take MUSI100 Materials of Music concurrently which will assist in the development of theory skills.

If you wish to find out more about this course, contact us on 0800 800 145 or email

Unleash your songwriting potential.

Apply now for S Semester 2017