$12,8739 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,430 Per Course
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.
9 Courses to Complete this Certificate (6 Required, plus 3 Electives)
6 Required Courses
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.
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.
Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic, and lyrical ideas by crafting songs the way hit songwriters do.
Generate more and better lyric ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways with your songs.
Get the most out of your song lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
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.
Choose any 3 elective courses from our course catalog
Create great-looking sheet music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.
Create and operate your own publishing company, and learn how to effectively promote and place your songs into income-generating opportunities.
Learn to identify and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord, and deepen your understanding of music’s inner workings.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
Learn to use Sibelius to create lead sheets, scores, and parts, as well as how to enter and format notation so it conforms to current music publishing standards.
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