Professional Certificate

Bass

Next Term Starts April 2

Tuition

$7,395

5 Courses (15 Credits) or $1,479 Per Course
Only $6,655.50 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.

Requirements

5 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Bass Performance 101 (OBASS-130)
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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)
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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)
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Level 3 Course
by Danny Morris

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

Jazz Bass (OBASS-332)
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Level 3 Course
by Jim Stinnett

Gain the tools and knowledge you need to improvise jazz bass lines like a seasoned professional. Learn to play great jazz bass lines, recognize common chord progressions in jazz standards, and study the work of jazz bass greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride.

Basic Improvisation (OPERF-110)
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Level 1 Course
by Edward Tomassi, Jim Odgren, and Edward Tomassi

Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!

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

  • Professional level 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

Questions?

Contact our Academic Advisors by phone at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.), 1-617-747-2146 (INT'L), or by email at advisors@online.berklee.edu.

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