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Graduate Certificate

Songwriting Analysis and Techniques

Next semester
starts June 24



3 Courses (9 Credits) or $2,817 Per Course
Proof of a Bachelor's Degree Required
In this program you will learn how to become a professional songwriter, by sharpening the analytical skills and time-tested techniques you need to tap into your artistry. In addition to strengthening your songwriting craft by writing and workshopping a vast collection of your original songs (many of which you will write in this program), you will also emerge from the program with the technical know-how required to produce a great-sounding, commercially viable record.

Course Requirements

3 Courses to Complete this Certificate

  • Songwriting Tools and Techniques (OSONG-525 • Level 5 - Enrollable Course)

    This course requires you to become intentional in every aspect of your writing: melodic composition, harmonic considerations, and lyric composition, all focused through the lens of prosody. You will learn to align each compositional element in relationship to your song’s central intent and emotion.

  • Songs Unmasked: Techniques and Tips for Songwriting Success (OSONG-597 • Level 5 - Enrollable Course)

    This course will teach you to write better songs, and refine your tastes by studying your influences. You will become a trained detective, examining and exploring the traits and techniques of successful songs, and applying them to your own writing.

  • Writing and Analyzing Hit Songs (OSONG-555 • Level 5 - Enrollable Course)

    All creative works contain structure that make the success of the project more likely. In this course, you will learn to analyze specified current and recent hit songs to determine that structural basis, and apply what you’ve discovered in individual songwriting assignments.

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 Master's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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