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Professional Certificate


Next semester starts January 8, 2024



5 Courses (15 Credits) or $1,505 Per Course
Only $6,772.50 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 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Bass Performance 101 (OBASS-130)
Richard Appleman Danny Morris
Level 1 Course
by Richard Appleman and Danny Morris

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)
Anthony Vitti
Level 2 Course
by Anthony Vitti

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)
Danny Morris
Level 3 Course
by Danny Morris

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)
Jim Stinnett
Level 3 Course
by Jim Stinnett

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)
Matt Marvuglio Jim Odgren Edward Tomassi
Level 1 Course
by Edward Tomassi, Matt Marvuglio, and Jim Odgren

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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