Become a Better Songwriter with Berklee
Develop your song and lyric writing skills and effectively express yourself as a songwriter through words and music.
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
Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
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.
Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
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.
Explore the techniques of writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across any number of different genres.
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.
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.
Learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
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.
Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.
Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry.
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.
Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Learn to become a contemporary writer/producer with a wide range of useful knowledge and applicable tools to succeed in the evolving music industry.
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.
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
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.
Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)
Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
Build a solid orchestral, film scoring and game audio background that can be used to further your career creatively and entrepreneurially.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Degree Path Certificates
What is a Degree Path Certificate?
Unlike our traditional multi-course certificate programs, all credits earned in a degree path certificate transfer directly into the certificate's correlating degree major.
Students who successfully complete a degree path certificate with a 2.7 GPA or higher are provisionally accepted into the certificate’s correlating degree major in the online Bachelor of Professional Studies program, pending the student's completion of a degree application and application review by Berklee Online’s Dean of Continuing Education.
Who are Degree Path Certificates best suited for?
Degree path certificates are best suited for students who aren't yet ready to pursue a robust online degree program, but who would like to begin completing credits that will transfer into Berklee Online’s degree program in the future.
Can I enroll in a Degree Path Certificate even if I am not interested in pursuing an online degree?
Yes. All students are eligible to enroll in a degree path certificate, regardless of whether or not they plan to continue into a degree program upon completion of the certificate.
Can I receive federal financial aid for a Degree Path Certificate?
No, federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs.
I just completed a Degree Path Certificate and am interested in pursuing an online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree at Berklee Online. What do I do next?
When you are ready to enter the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program, complete an online degree application. In your application, be sure to select the major that corresponds with the certificate you completed. If you have any questions about applying, please contact an Academic Advisor at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.), 1-617-747-2146 (INT'L), or firstname.lastname@example.org.