Become a Better Arranger with Berklee
Gain the vital tools needed to become an accomplished arranger, across a variety of genres, instruments, and styles.
Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online. No application necessary.
Essential learning for anyone interested in arranging music for a band, Arranging 1: Rhythm Section explores all aspects of writing and arranging for the rhythm section.
In this music arrangement course, you'll learn to create your own original grooves by analyzing, writing, sequencing, and recording the rhythms and styles that have influenced western contemporary music.
In this music arrangement course, gain a practical, real-world understanding of the sound and personality of woodwind and string instruments, and learn how to properly apply them to songs, arrangements, and compositions.
Gain a broad overview of counterpoint and the art of writing lines that support both the melody and the overall structure of a composition - essential information for singers, songwriters, composers, guitarists and musicians from all backgrounds.
In this music composition course, you'll learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.
Learn to create lead sheets, choral and instrumental scores, drum maps and guitar notation, and explore many other ways to use Sibelius for your own personal and professional needs.
Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.
In this music composition course, you'll learn how to develop upon virtually any kernel of an idea, from a melodic fragment to a catchy rhythm or phrase, or a nice chord. Explore a variety of approaches to composing and how they work, complete with examples, composer perspectives, and more.
Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques. In this music composition course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment.
Gain a solid knowledge of modern instrumental writing and competence using twentieth century techniques in composition. In addition, you will gain enhanced listening skills to identify and appreciate new musical styles, and be capable of implementing these skills in your writing, enriching your capacity to express yourself in this intellectually stimulating musical idiom.
Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area. No application necessary.
Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)
You’ll come away with the multi-faceted skill set necessary to start or advance your career as a contemporary writer/producer.
In this program, you’ll learn to create dynamic arrangements for rhythm section, horns, small ensembles, sequenced/sampled sounds, strings, and woodwinds, and you'll apply this knowledge to your genre(s) of interest and to a variety of commercial settings, such as television and film.
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)
Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.
“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.
This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.
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