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Professional Certificate


Next semester starts September 23



4 Courses (12 Credits) or $1,545 Per Course
Only $5,562.00 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

4 Courses to Complete this Certificate

  • Songwriting: Harmony (OSONG-316 • Level 3 Course)

    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 • Level 3 Course)

    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 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic, and lyrical ideas by crafting songs the way hit songwriters do.

  • Commercial Songwriting Techniques (OSONG-240 • Level 2 Course)

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

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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