Songwriting and Rap Production Certificate

Academic Programs

Start Term

Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Students working towards the Songwriting and Rap Production Certificate typically intend to create professional recordings in a home studio environment, although some individuals may choose to continue their studies by entering the Audio Engineering AAS degree program.

Students in this program will learn about all aspects of music production, focusing on the fundamentals of analog and digital audio and span live music reinforcement, digital audio recording, critique and analysis of recorded music, and the mixing and mastering process as it applies to create and record music in a home studio.

Students will be introduced to fundamental music terminology and analysis of instrumentation, form, and production techniques as they apply to popular musical genres. Students will work in state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully outfitted recording studio, a state of the art production suite and a Pro Tools computer lab.  Through the creation of original recordings students will learn professional techniques that can be applied to any recording environment; from laptops to home studios to high-end recording studios.

Job Outlook

4,980 Jobs(2020)

+5.2% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to produce quality computer based recordings without needing to enter professional recording studios.  Graduates are prepared to refine, record and mix original music with a computer and a minimum of additional gear.  Students will be prepared to act as a live audio engineer for public performance of their work.


  • Entry: $13.75
  • Average: $22.99
  • Experienced: $57.55

Career Examples

  • Singer Songwriter
  • Recording Artist
  • Audio Engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Studio Executive

First Semester

MUS 102 - Music Fundamentals 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 305 - Introduction to Audio 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 306 - Digital Audio Production I 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 320 - Technical Music Practicum I 1.0 Credit(s)
MUS 398 - Recording for Songwriters and Producers 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 399 - Music Creation for Contemporary Production 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 16.0


Additional Information

Contact Us

Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate essential skills in computer-based music creation in order to produce professional level work.
  • Create computer-based recordings of original musical works.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of signal flow in both studio and live applications.
  • Utilize basic recording tools such as microphones, computers and audio processors.

Program Disclaimers