Master Certificate

Arranging and Orchestration

Next Term Starts April 3


Between television, film, video games, live performance, and online media, strong arranging and orchestration skills are in high demand, and Berklee’s world-renowned faculty is beyond compare in preparing students to excel in this field. In this program, you’ll move from arranging for the rhythm section, horns, and strings to writing for the full orchestra—all while building your portfolio. An intensive core curriculum provides you with the versatility you'll need to seize a range of opportunities, while electives offer the flexibility to tailor your studies to your unique career path.

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8 Courses to Complete this Certificate

5 Required Courses

Arranging: Small Ensemble and Horns

In this music arrangement course, you'll develop your writing and arranging skills for smaller bands and larger ensembles and learn techniques that can be applied to both live instrumentation or sequenced/sampled sounds.

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Arranging: Advanced Horn Writing

This music arrangement course takes your arranging abilities to the next level of development by studying more advanced techniques for voicing chords, orchestration, articulations, and background lines.

Arranging: Woodwinds and Strings

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.

Orchestration 1

Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.

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Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra

Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.


Plus, Choose Any 3 Electives from Our Course Catalog



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