Professional Certificate

Music Theory and Composition

Next Term Starts January 8



4 Courses (12 Credits) or $1,479 Per Course
Only $5,324.40 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 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.


4 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

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

Gain a solid understanding of music fundamentals while building your own musical language. In this course you’ll take a detailed look at the major and minor keys, and be given tools to help you comprehend scales and chords. This course includes a blend of both traditional and contemporary harmony.

Music Theory and Composition 2 (OCOMP-111)
Level 1 Course
by Kari Juusela and Suzanne Clark

Build upon the essential elements of music theory and composition you learned in Music Theory and Composition 1 and further your own musical language. In this course, you will expand 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)
Level 2 Course
by Tom Hojnacki and Kari Juusela

This core course is the third of a four-semester curriculum that continues to lay the foundation for your musical development. The materials covered in this course will help you to express your musical ear and thoughts as applied to composition for film, TV, and video games.

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

Building on the foundation of the previous three levels, Music Theory and Composition 4 will introduce compositional techniques first pioneered by twentieth century European and American composers and will examine them in both classical and jazz/popular music contexts. This advanced music theory course will also help you express your musical ideas as applied to composition for film, TV and video games.

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


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