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Professional Certificate

Lyric Writing

Next semester starts January 8, 2024



3 Courses (9 Credits) or $1,412 Per Course
Only $3,811.50 when paid all at once
While there are no “right” or “wrong” ways to write lyrics, there are time-tested tools and techniques that have consistently yielded beloved, memorable words. Under the guidance of Berklee’s accomplished songwriting faculty, you’ll study the key methodologies and strategies for writing impactful lyrics and in turn, learning how to better express yourself. Whether you’re a new or experienced songwriter and whether your goal is to write a chart-topper or to pack a more emotionally powerful punch with your lyrics, this program will not allow you to settle for anything less than your very best work.

Course Requirements

3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies (OSONG-220)
Pat Pattison
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

Generate more and better lyric ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways with your songs.

Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title (OSONG-221)
Pat Pattison
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

Learn to write effective song titles and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, and create contrasting sections and ideas.

Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music (OSONG-222)
Pat Pattison
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

Get the most out of your song lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.

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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