Songwriting & Recording

Diploma in Music and Worship Arts

You have a voice; let it be heard. A two-year program designed to train and assist you in writing your songs. The program culminates with you recording your own songs in a professional studio.

Student Spotlight

Kearstin Pfiefer

“… I had the opportunity to receive helpful peer feedback on drafts of my songs, which was hard, but developed relationships built on trust.”

at a Glance





Professional Produced EP

5 Original Songs

What Makes This Program Different

A two-year program designed to train and assist you in writing your songs. The program culminates with you recording your own songs in a professional studio.

Challenging and life-transforming bible courses will strengthen your spiritual journey and influence your music.

Musical training rounds out your experience as you take lessons, learn the language of music, and perform in various ensembles.

Learn from visiting guest artists who are part of the music business and gain insight from their experiences, training, and expertise.

“As Bono once said, ‘Music can change the world because it can change people.’ I believe that the Music And Worship Arts program at Prairie College affords an incredible opportunity for students to learn and grow in a creative environment, rooted in community within a faith context; being able to graduate with a fully produced recording is a bonus.”
Stephen J. Rendall, Juno Award Winning Writer and Producer

Our Students Say

Career Opportunities

Our graduates:

• Are self-employed singer/songwriters.
• Teach music lessons.
• Worship leaders in their church or camp
• Work in the retail music industry.

Program Details

Worship Ministry is also available as a 1- year Certificate and a 4-year Bachelor.

Songwriting Admissions Requirements:
To be successful in the Songwriting & Recording program, students must have raw musical talent. In order to assess this, we ask applicants to submit two video demos. The demos should be two original songs written within the last two years (with PDF chord chart). We don’t require a complex multi-camera edited film – a simple and clear video shot with a smartphone works well. Make sure your camera device is stable (preferably on a tripod or still surface) and close enough for good, non-distorted audio and clear video. The audition demos can be uploaded to YouTube, Dropbox, or e-mailed to Admissions.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (18 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts and Sciences Core (20 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 151 How Music Works
MU 191-296 Performing Ensemble (4 credits)
MU 155-258 Music Lessons (4 credits)
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit)
WA 228 The Language of Music and Writing (1 credit)

Music and Worship Arts Courses (26 credits)

DM 103 Introduction to Digital Media (1 credit)
MU 167-68 Sight Reading/Ear Training — Parts 1, 2
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 credits)
WA 227 Recording and Producing (1 credit)
WA 229 The Language of Music and Charting (1 credit)
WA 232 How Musicians Work (2 credits)
WA 235 Music Business
WA 373-74 EP Project—Parts 1, 2 (4 credits)
Songwriting Concentration
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 235 Music Business
WA 372 EP Project (4 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

  1. Discover and develop your own musical language; the musical style and lyrical approach that represents your unique musical expression and contribution.
  2. Integrate Biblical truth with songwriting as you write original songs and scripture songs and compose creative music.
  3. Professionally write original songs that are ready to record, representing your worldview, theology, and anthropology.
  4. Record an EP learning how to arrange songs and the skills and craft of professional audio recording.
  5. Release your album in a showcase learning how to plan and produce a professional show.
  6. Increase effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of arts in the world.

Program Tuition and Fees

For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid

Program Specific Costs:

Songwriting & Recording students are charged a $600 program fee. ($300 charged in the fall & winter semesters)

During the Songwriting & Recording program students record an EP Album. The cost of the EP is approximately $7620 (an EP Recording Fee of $6615, and an EP Service Fee of $1005) which is not included in the tuition and fees listed.


Denis Nassar Baptista

Program Coordinator

Denis Nassar Baptista is a professional composer, pianist, arranger, orchestrator, and educator. His compositions cover a variety of genres: songs, instrumental, choir, orchestral, soundtracks for TV, dance, and music for theatre. He is an active pianist and composer who gives concerts, workshops, and master classes in conferences and events having already presented and performed in Europe, North America and South America. Denis loves working with students and is committed to providing solid knowledge and supervised practice to help them find their unique artistic voice and become the best musicians they can be.