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Professional Certificate

Music Theory and Composition

Next semester starts January 8, 2024



4 Courses (12 Credits) or $1,495 Per Course
Only $5,382.00 when paid all at once

Learn the ins and outs of music theory while you gain an enriched appreciation for how different cultures throughout the ages have contributed to varied practices in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Most importantly, this Professional certificate program will prepare you to apply knowledge and insights on music theory to your own compositions. You'll become knowledgable in everything from 12-bar blues to the gamelan music of Indonesia.

Course Requirements

4 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Music Theory and Composition 1 (OCOMP-110)
Kari Juusela Suzanne Clark
Level 1 Course
by Kari Juusela and Suzanne Clark

Gain a solid understanding of music fundamentals by taking a detailed look at the major and minor keys, and the tools to comprehend scales and chords.

Music Theory and Composition 2 (OCOMP-111)
Suzanne Clark Kari Juusela
Level 2 Course
by Suzanne Clark and Kari Juusela

Further your own musical language by expanding your knowledge of major and minor key harmony and melody, in addition to scales, chords, and drum grooves.

Music Theory and Composition 3 (OCOMP-210)
Tom Hojnacki Kari Juusela
Level 2 Course
by Tom Hojnacki and Kari Juusela

Continue developing the foundation for your musical knowledge as you explore and express yourself through composition for film, TV, and video games.

Music Theory and Composition 4 (OCOMP-211)
Kari Juusela Tom Hojnacki
Level 2 Course
by Kari Juusela and Tom Hojnacki

Building on the foundation of the previous three levels, learn compositional techniques first pioneered by twentieth century European and American composers.

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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