Publication Date

Winter 12-7-2022


Country music and songwriting have been hallmark features of the Nashville music scene for well over a century. Due to the development of the concept of "the Nashville Dream," the idea that one can "make it" in music by moving to Nashville and writing songs, migratory patterns to Nashville from across the United States have changed the ways in which Nashville-based music is created and disseminated. In the thesis and accompanying recital, these trends are analyzed through the lens of ten selected active Nashville songwriters who have seen these trends. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music in Commercial Music in the School of Music of the College of Music and Performing Arts Belmont University.

Major Mentor

Mrs. Sandra Dudley

Second Mentor

Dr. Nancy Riley

Third Mentor

Dr. Jeremy Lane


Music, School of


Music and Performing Arts, College of

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University