Specialist Certificate

Theory and Harmony

Next Term Starts April 3

Develop the foundational knowledge necessary to read, write, and understand music with this music theory certificate. Whether you want to write a better melody, develop more interesting chord progressions, incorporate new rhythms, or use more advanced principles—such as harmonic tension, for example—to add new depth to your music, this program will break down some of the barriers to creativity that might otherwise limit your ability to fully express your musical ideas. Working with Berklee’s renowned faculty, you’ll also leave the program hearing music in a more detailed and nuanced way than you ever have before.

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3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Music Theory 101

In this introductory music theory course, you'll get the musical foundation you need to take your skills to a higher level. Learn to read, write, really listen and put music theory into practice every day!

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Getting Inside Harmony 1

Use harmony creatively in your playing and writing. Learn to hear and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord and deepen your understanding of music's inner workings.

Getting Inside Harmony 2

Take your harmonic development to the next level by gaining a solid footing in more advanced principles including melodic and harmonic tension, chord substitution, and chromatically altered chords.


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