Become a Better Songwriter with Berklee

Develop your song and lyric writing skills and effectively express yourself as a songwriter through words and music.

12-Week Courses

Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online.

Fall Term Starts September 28 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates

Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies

Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.

Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title

Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.

Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music

Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.

Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs

Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic and lyrical ideas. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.

Songwriting for Film and TV

Explore the techniques of writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across any number of different genres.

Songwriting: Melody

Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.

Songwriting: Harmony

Learn how harmony can help you to convey the essential emotion of a song to your audience, and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your unique songwriting style and ideas.

Jazz Composition

Learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.

Commercial Songwriting Techniques

Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.

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Jingle Writing

Gain a practical working knowledge of how to compose, produce, market and monetize commercial music in three important categories: Jingles, Library Music, and Television Theme music and scoring.

Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice

Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.

Creative Writing: Poetry

Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry.

Creative Writing: Literature Studies for Musicians

Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring and learning from the works of musician-writers and those for whom music has had a profound influence.

World Music Composition Styles

Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.

Music Composition for Film and TV 1

Learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood films and TV programs. Analyze melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration in a variety of genres to gain a complete “recipe book” for writing for film and TV.

Music Composition for Film and TV 2

Gain a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects. Learn to analyze specific genres of film and television music in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration, forming a template that you can then apply to your own writing.

Creative Entrepreneurship

Leverage your creativity for business innovation and develop the mindset, knowledge, and insights required to pursue an entrepreneurial career, whether as the steward of your own career or as the founder of a new business in any creative field.

Multi-Course Certificates

Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area.

Fall Term Starts September 28 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates

Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)

Orchestration for Film and TV

Gain a firm handle on writing and arranging (from basic to advanced) for visuals, a thorough background on what it takes to write specifically for film and television, and the ability to score visual sequences across any given content.

24 Credits

This extensive program arms you with the writing tools you’ll need to develop your ideas into complete, engaging, and effective songs and master the craft of songwriting.

27 Credits
Writing and Producing

Learn to become a contemporary writer/producer with a wide range of useful knowledge and applicable tools to succeed in the evolving music industry.

27 Credits
Songwriting and Guitar

This program is the perfect match of time-tested tools, theories, techniques, and applications that you can use immediately to hone your craft and become a more successful and well-versed songwriter, guitarist, and performing musician.

27 Credits

Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

15 Credits

Make the most of your passion and talent, become a more complete musician and songwriter, and begin to craft and perform songs that express your unique voice.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

9 Credits
Orchestrating and Producing Music for Film and Games

Build a solid orchestral, film scoring and game audio background that can be used to further your career creatively and entrepreneurially.

9 Credits

Develop the skills used by the best songwriters and performers, and learn how to frame your melodies in captivating harmonies and voicings, play those on the guitar, and polish your vocal delivery.

9 Credits
Creative Writing for Musicians

Learn the necessary tools needed to communicate effectively through writing. This program takes an approach that incorporates literature study along with extensive writing workshop exercises.

9 Credits

Designed to benefit musicians of all levels, learn the tools needed to generate more and better ideas that provide you with the harmonic and melodic tools to help build effective song sections.

9 Credits
Orchestration for Film and TV

Gain the knowledge necessary to create dynamic orchestral pieces as well as a thorough background of how you can apply your creations to big budget Hollywood films and TV programs.

9 Credits

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