Advanced Professional Certificate


Next Term Starts January 8



9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,479 Per Course
Only $11,979.90 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.


9 Courses to Complete this Certificate (6 Required, plus 3 Electives)

6 Required Courses

Songwriting: Harmony (OSONG-316)
Level 3 Course
by Jimmy Kachulis

Learn how harmony can help you to convey the essential emotion of a song to your audience, and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your unique songwriting style and ideas.

Songwriting: Melody (OSONG-315)
Level 3 Course
by Jimmy Kachulis

Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.

Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs (OSONG-310)
Level 3 Course
by Jimmy Kachulis

Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic and lyrical ideas. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.

Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies (OSONG-220)
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.

Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music (OSONG-222)
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

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

Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title (OSONG-221)
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.

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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