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Learn the art, craft & business of songwriting from hit songwriter, Brent Baxter!

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Do you have to go to a songwriting or music school to be successful?

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on August 01, 2018

Is it necessary to go to a school (college or university) to learn how to write songs?  Or is there a faster, better way?

Well, you'll be happy to hear that no, you don't HAVE to go to a college or university and get some sort of songwriting degree.

I don't have anything against schools or schooling (in fact, I stayed in college and got my MBA), and I know some very talented, successful musicians who went to well-known music schools. But those schools are very expensive.  These days, a great music eduction doesn't have to be thousands and thousands of dollars per year.

I didn't go to music school.  I went to business school.  All my songwriting training was through self-study, books, cowriters, and workshops.  It took time, but I eventually learned enough to get some cuts, hits, and publishing deals.

You can learn faster than I did - if you're willing to focus.

There are so many more ways these days to learn songwriting - from anywhere in the world - than there were when I was back in Arkansas.  Heck, I'm putting out valuable FREE content every week here at this blog and through my podcast (

There are also paid courses and coaching where you can learn from the pros.  You get personalized attention for just a fraction of the cost (and time) of one semester of a college.  Plus, you can focus on what you REALLY want to learn.  (In other words, you don't have to take math classes if you don't want to.)

So if you have the ability to read this blog (and you obviously do), there is no excuse for you to put off your music education.

And believe me, if you want to get paid for your songwriting and music skills, you NEED to invest in yourself and your craft.  After all, many of the people competing against you for a spot on a record, on a stage, or on a record label ARE investing in themselves.

A little time and/or money invested in your craft can save you years and thousands of dollars of costly mistakes down the road.

Music schools aren't a bad thing.  But a lot of you out there can make big gains in your songwriting and music career in a lot less time while spending a lot less money.  If you feel like you're ready to get some more personalized, focused attention, I have a great opportunity for you.

In August, I'm hosting not just one but two "Know The Row" events! The first, on August 14, is with Scot Sherrod of Rare Spark Media. This is your chance to hang out online and ask YOUR questions to a real hit music publisher.  Scot has had his hand in several hit country songs and film/tv placements, and his current roster includes rising country star, Walker Hayes ("You Broke Up With Me" and "Craig"). Then, on August 16, our guest will be rising Canadian country star, Aaron Goodvin. And Aaron isn't just an artist- he's also a pro songwriter with cuts by Luke Bryan and more. This is your chance to ask an artist how they made it and what they look for in cowriters and songs (or whatever else you want to ask).

This is YOUR chance to sit down face-to-face (online) with a real-deal music publisher, a real-deal artist and songwriter and I hope you won't let it slip away.

Here's the deal.  You can join us online from anywhere in the world on August 14 & 16.  And "Know The Row" events are FREE to members of!  (But don't worry- a small number of tickets have been made available in case you don't want to take advantage of all of Frettie's membership benefits.)


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God bless,


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