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Advanced Professional Certificate

Songwriting

Next Semester
Starts June 28

Tuition

$13,473

9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,497 Per Course
Only $12,125.70 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 (6 Required, plus 3 Electives)

6 Required Courses

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

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)
Jimmy Kachulis
Level 3 Course
by Jimmy Kachulis

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)
Jimmy Kachulis
Level 3 Course
by Jimmy Kachulis

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)
Pat Pattison
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

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

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

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)
Pat Pattison
Level 2 Course
by Pat Pattison

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.

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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