Building songs from the lyric up.

IWU’s lyric driven Songwriting Major blends the disciplines of music, writing, literature and theology and is geared towards the foundational creation of songs, building them from the lyric up. 

As a part of the new Songwriting Major at IWU…

  • Students will hone their artistic gifts and skills through the Songwriting program and will receive formal guidance and critique in a safe environment prior to launching  works into the marketplace.
  • Students will be equipped with tools to create songs – whether music, lyrics or both – that impact culture through church music, Christian/gospel music, pop music or musical theater 

IWU is proud to be partnering with Gloria Gaither in the development of curriculum for the Songwriting major. Gloria’s contributions to the process and program development of this exciting new major have been significant and we look forward to her ongoing involvement in addition to other visiting instructors and industry professionals.


Coming Soon


The faculty in the IWU Music division have performed all over the nation and the world while maintaining "first things first" (Matt. 6:33). They all have advanced degrees in performance in addition to a zeal for teaching and mentoring the next generation of classical performers to reflect the glory of the Creator of music from every stage or venue to which he calls them.

Meet The Music Faculty