Become a Better Songwriter with Berklee
Develop your song and lyric writing skills and effectively express yourself as a songwriter through words and music.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to become a contemporary writer/producer with a wide range of useful knowledge and applicable tools to succeed in the evolving music industry.
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.
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.
Build a solid orchestral, film scoring and game audio background that can be used to further your career creatively and entrepreneurially.
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.
Spring Term Starts April 6 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates
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