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Advanced Professional Certificate


Next semester starts September 23



9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,545 Per Course
Only $12,514.50 when paid all at once

While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to write a song, there are time-tested tools and techniques that have consistently yielded beloved, memorable music. Studying with Berklee’s accomplished songwriting faculty, you'll delve into lyric writing, melody, harmony, theory, arranging, and strategies employed by some of the all-time great songwriters. 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 songs, this program will not allow you to settle for anything less than your very best work.

Course Requirements

9 Courses to Complete this Certificate

Complete These 6 Required Courses

  • Songwriting: Harmony (OSONG-316 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn how harmony can help convey the essential emotion in your songwriting and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your songwriting style and ideas.

  • Songwriting: Melody (OSONG-315 • Level 3 Course)

    Create the melodic ideas that convey the emotion of your lyrics, then learn how to develop these melodic ideas into complete sections and songs to suit your songwriting style.

  • Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs (OSONG-310 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic, and lyrical ideas by crafting songs the way hit songwriters do.

  • Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies (OSONG-220 • Level 2 Course)

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

  • Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music (OSONG-222 • Level 2 Course)

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

  • Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title (OSONG-221 • Level 2 Course)

    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.

Elective Requirements

Choose any 3 elective courses from our course catalog

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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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