Specialist Certificate

Music Theory

  • Specialist Certificate
    3 Courses (9 Credits)
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Before you can become an amazing songwriter, player or producer, you need to first master the mechanics of contemporary music. The Music Theory Specialist Program, developed by Berklee Professor Emeritus Paul Schmeling, provides the knowledge and concepts, from fundamental to advanced, to prepare you for any musical endeavor or opportunity.

You'll start by learning the basics reading and writing musical notation; using scales, intervals, and chords; playing notes on a piano keyboard, and writing a melody. You'll learn how pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, and harmony flow together to make a song work, and study basic ear training techniques that are designed to help you identify...

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3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Music Theory 101

Get the musical foundation you need to take your skills to a higher level. Learn to read, write, really listenÂ… and put music theory into practice every day!

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Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function

Become a more effective player and writer by furthering your music theory background. Learn more complex chords, progressions, and rhythms to open up your understanding of the elements that help put the groove in jazz, pop, blues, and rock.

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Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm

Prepare yourself for any future musical endeavor and gain a professional command of the mechanics of contemporary music in this advanced music theory course.

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