MWS4103EN - Music Composition III

Course description

Capping off content taught in the first two music composition courses, this course teaches the final phase of songwriting; song promotion and marketing. This course equips students with knowledge needed to establish a social media presence for their works on wide platform or social media outlets including Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. Students learn how to register and establish their works with a PRO, radio promotion, basic copyright law, and how to submit their songs to CCLI, the leading song licensing organization for Christian music sung in churches.

How this course benefits students

Songwriters in general often find themselves confused, and amiss in an overwhelming sea of administration-related tasks when it comes to song copyright, publishing and marketing. Although songwriters do not need to be experts in these areas, a basic knowledge is required in order for their songs to have the most opportune experiences and exposure. God wants us to be good stewards of our gifts and part of that for a songwriter is understanding the landscape of song promotion.

Why this course is important

Becoming a Worship Writer doesn't stop when your song is finished. Now that you have your perfectly crafted composition completed, you want others to hear it and see them experience the same truths that prompted you to compose it. Although songwriters often shy away from the administrative aspects of copyright, publishing and marketing, a basic knowledge is needed for any successful songwriter. Gain the skills needed to navigate through copyright, marketing and song promotion so your hard work can be accessed and enjoyed by others. This course will give you a clear roadmap to song administration so your music can receive the most opportunities to be heard and enjoyed by others.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Music & Worship Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2023-01 (Aug. 21, 2023 - Oct. 15, 2023)
  • 2024-01 (Aug. 26, 2024 - Oct. 21, 2024)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. David Yauk, Professor of Missional Worship

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course has the biblical understanding of music at the core. So, this course on Music Composition will focus on the importance of composing music that is solidly biblically based and theologically accurate.

Missionally driven

Christian songs at their core are missional, purposed to draw believers into a deeper faith and discipleship as well as challenge them to cultivate a missional lifestyle on purpose with the mission of Christ. Focus is given to the ‘calling' of Christian songwriters to compose songs that fulfill this task.

Contextually informed

Music Composition focuses on lyric depth that is drawn out of personal experiences. Students are encouraged to consider the needs of their church and their mission and compose to that end.

Interculturally focused

Through diverse exposure to a multitude of styles of music, both sacred and secular, students are familiarized with different cultural expressions of faith. A variety of stylistic assignments are purposed to challenge students to compose for different cultures.

Practically minded

Composition assignments for this course are all practical in nature.

Experientially transformed

Drawing from faith experiences and specific needs in the songwriter's community of faith, this course grants students opportunity to compose from their experiences. Composition assignments are reflective, but through feedback from the professor and other students, will offer experiential interaction with others.