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Professional Certificate


Next semester
starts June 24



5 Courses (15 Credits) or $1,545 Per Course
Only $6,952.50 when paid all at once

Don’t just play bass; command your instrument with confidence in rock, R&B, jazz, and/or funk settings. Whether you’re inspired by Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool, Geddy Lee, or any number of other great bassists, the commonality between them is their mastery of the performance skills and concepts taught in this program, including time, harmony, tonality, timbre, taste, scales, groove, and compositional techniques like tritones, pedal points, and double stops. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have gained skills to handle any gig that comes your way as a professional bassist.

Course Requirements

5 Courses to Complete this Certificate

  • Bass Performance 101 (OBASS-130 • Level 1 Course)

    Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles.

  • Rock Bass (OBASS-231 • Level 2 Course)

    Gain the foundation, technique, and vocabulary necessary to construct and improvise bass lines in a variety of rock and blues-based music styles.

  • R&B Bass (OBASS-333 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn to play R&B bass in the style of the masters and expand your bass playing in the context of a professional, live music performance or recording session.

  • Jazz Bass (OBASS-332 • Level 3 Course)

    Gain the tools you need to improvise jazz bass lines by learning to recognize common chord progressions in standards and studying works by the greats.

  • Basic Improvisation (OPERF-110 • Level 1 Course)

    Learn an approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and instruments by studying legendary players and finding your own style by learning to develop solos on the fly.

Upon Completion of this Certificate Program, You'll Receive:

  • Professional credential from the world leader in music education
  • Credits that may be eligible for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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