A musical composer, guitar rocker, and lyric opera singer team up to write this sensational book on songwriting. This book includes everything you want to know about the core competencies of songwriting, elements of music, and lyrics. Features include writing song lyrics, crafting musical compositions, musical styles, getting a contract, sustaining a career, publishers and agents, recording, and even how to survive in the music industry. No matter what music genre you desire---blues, country, hip hop, gospel, punk, classical, alternative, jingles, or rock---this is the book for you. You will find this fascinating book filled with tips, quotes from famous songwriters and musicians, and numerous stories on songwriting that will keep you fully engaged.
Christian V. Hauser is Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University Chicago. When living in Nashville he received numerous album credits as a songwriter, producer, and recording engineer. He is certified in Kodaly and Orff and has written many orchestral and ballet compositions which have been performed by the Houston, Colorado Music Festival, Sioux City and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. Daniel R. Tomal is Distinguished Professor of Leadership at Concordia University Chicago and award-winning author. He has published 20 books and numerous articles. He is a former high school guitar instructor, written many original songs, has produced and audio-engineered recordings, played in several rock and roll bands, and made numerous national television appearances. Rekha S. Rajan is a Visiting Associate Professor at Concordia University Chicago. She is a former professional musical theater and operatic performer, has sung in over 30 languages and plays the piano and mridangam. She is the author of several books on musical theater and arts education and is the recipient of numerous grants, including a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hauser is an associate professor of music at Concordia University Chicago in Illinois. He completed his Ph.D. in music education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and received his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Hauser is Kodaly certified (Level II) and has completed all three levels of Orff certification. In addition to teaching all the music education methods courses at Concordia, he has taught Songwriting, Orchestration & Arranging, Music of World Cultures, Music Technology, Survey of Western Music, Exploration of Music, and private composition lessons. Daniel R. Tomal is Distinguished Professor of Leadership at Concordia University Chicago. He has published 20 books (several with Rowman & Littlefield as well as more than 300 research studies and articles. He is a former high school guitar instructor, an avid guitar player, and a songwriter. He has written numerous original songs, has produced and audio-engineered many recordings, and has played in a rock and roll band for several years. Rekha S. Rajan is a visiting associate professor and program leader for the Grant Writing, Management, and Evaluation program at Concordia University Chicago. She is an arts education specialist and received her Ed.D. in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.