Master Certificate

Songwriting and Guitar

Next Term Starts April 3


To be a great performing songwriter/guitarist, you must write engaging and memorable lyrics, melodies, and harmonies, and you also need to understand the best way to translate your compositions to the guitar. This certificate program delivers the time-tested tools, theories, techniques, and applications to help you advance in both of these interconnected areas. As you study with Berklee’s award-winning faculty, which has furthered the music of countless singer-songwriters, you can also direct your own studies by selecting the electives within the program that will be most beneficial to you.

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9 Courses to Complete this Certificate

6 Required Courses

Getting Your Guitar Sound

Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country and other genres, with a hi-quality, authentic and persuasive guitar tone.

Guitar Chords 101

Add more dynamics and expression to your playing and gain a greater feel for your instrument by learning Berklee's approach to the construction of chords and chord voicings.

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Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies

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

Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music

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

Songwriting: Melody

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: Harmony

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.


Plus, Choose Any 3 Electives from Our Course Catalog



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