Professional Certificate


Next Semester
Starts April 6



5 Courses (15 Credits) or $1,497 Per Course
Only $6,736.50 when paid all at once

There are no absolute "rules" in songwriting. But there are time-tested tools and techniques that have consistently yielded beloved, memorable music. The Songwriting Professional Certificate Program provides you with these proven approaches for writing lyrics, melodies, and harmonies. Whether you’re a new or experienced songwriter, and regardless of whether your goal is to write a chart-topper or to just pack a more emotionally powerful punch with your songs, this program will bring out your best work as a songwriter.

Course Requirements

5 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

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.

Commercial Songwriting Techniques (OSONG-240)
Level 2 Course
by Andrea Stolpe

Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.

Collaborative Songwriting (OSONG-420)
Level 4 Course
by Neil Diercks

This course will actively engage students in an intensive program of online song collaboration, which will allow them to develop practical and creative real world skills for professional co-writing.

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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