Professional Certificate

Music Supervision

Next term starts January 13, 2020

Tuition

$6,885

5 Courses (15 Credits) or $1,377 Per Course
Only $6,196.50 when paid all at once
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A good music supervisor is in a powerful position - the right music cue can help catapult a film or television show to greatness, and the songwriter or performer to acclaim. Berklee Online's Professional Certificate in Music Supervision gives you the skills you need to excel in the field - how to work with songwriters, producers, artists, publishers, directors, and performance rights organizations; how to know whether a given piece of music would fit a mood or scene; and how to navigate the statutes that govern who gets paid for what when a piece of music is licensed for use in film or TV. This 5-course program explores the ins and outs of legal issues, copyright, music supervision, publishing, and songwriting so that you will be able to function effectively on either side of a licensing transaction from the position of an artist or as a music business professional.

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Music Licensing is the first course in this program. Licensing powers virtually every use of music, from digital download stores, to live performance, to music across mixed media, and is one of the most lucrative and rewarding revenue streams for many artists. Discover how to create new avenues for placement of your own music, identify current opportunities for your copyrights, understand the difference between master/publishing revenue streams, and how to use online resources to introduce your music to music supervisors, ad creative, video game producers, and more. You'll gain the knowledge needed to monetize your own creative property across various licensing uses, as well as create a summary licensing plan capable of acting as a business plan for your licensing efforts

Next you will dig into Copyright Law, to examine in detail what copyright is and what it protects, and how copyright is used to monetize artistic works. Through analysis of real-world cases and copyright laws passed in the United States, you will learn what you need to know to successfully protect your own works and avoid infringing on others copyrights, as well as the ground rules of copyright, from how to register one to how to protect your works overseas.

In Music Publishing, you will take a step-by-step approach to setting up a publishing company, administering copyright, dealing with performance rights organizations (like ASCAP and SESAC), and even how to pitch your own lyrics and demos.

Next, you will explore the ins and outs of Music Supervision. This course progresses from a basic introduction to what a music supervisor does, to how to approach a project creatively or negotiate a complicated series of clearances. Through course materials including exclusive interviews with music supervisors, sound and music editors, and other industry players you will gain insight into the past and present of the job, and learn how to work as part of a production team, license music, stay on budget, make a piece of music work in a production, and much more.

Finally, you will learn how to write your own music for visual media in Songwriting for Film and TV. The course explores the techniques of writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across any number of different genres. You'll gain the knowledge and tools you need to create songs ready for placement in a movie or television series. You'll start thinking more like a director and gain the skills to write songs that will enhance the overall production.

With what you learn from Berklee Online, you will be ready to launch a career in music supervision at any level, from a local film production to a Hollywood blockbuster, as well as understand what music supervisors are looking for from a placement standpoint.

(Please note: Music Production Analysis will be an acceptable substitution for Songwriting for Film and TV) Read Less

Course Requirements

5 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Music Business Trends and Strategies (OMBUS-240)
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Level 2 Course
by Mike King

Gain a forward-thinking approach to the key issues that all musicians, music industry entrepreneurs, managers, and music business professionals face in the main segments of the music industry, and how to leverage the opportunities that the new music business provides.

Music Licensing (OMBUS-496)
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Level 4 Course
by Scott Sellwood

Learn how to make money through creative licensing of your music! In this course, you'll discover how to create new avenues for placement of your own music, identify current opportunities for your copyrights, and how to use online resources to introduce your music to music supervisors, ad creatives, video game producers, and more.

Copyright Law (OMBUS-385)
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Level 3 Course
by Allen Bargfrede

Understand the basics of how your creative works are protected by copyright law, what rights you have as a content owner, and how to leverage your copyrights to generate income.

Music Supervision 1 (OMBUS-495)
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Level 4 Course
by Brad Hatfield

Music supervision stands at the center of two very powerful groups in the music industry: the creators of the music and the film and TV productions that rely on music to help tell and sell their story to the public. This course explores the ins and outs of music supervision, so that you will be able to function effectively on either side of a licensing transaction.

Music Supervision 2 (OMBUS-497)
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Level 4 Course
by Brad Hatfield

Analyze how and why songs are used in main titles, end credits, montages, trailers, video games and advertisements. Expand skills in music editing, building soundtracks, negotiation techniques, working with temp tracks, and advanced licensing practices. Working as a team member on a long form project will build collaborative skills required to succeed in the fast paced world of music supervision and post production.

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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