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Advanced Professional Certificate

Theory, Harmony & Ear Training

Next semester starts January 8, 2024



8 Courses (24 Credits) or $1,545 Per Course
Only $11,124.00 when paid all at once

Performing, writing, or producing music without ear training and a firm understanding of music theory and harmony is like navigating without a map; you may still get somewhere, but it may not be exactly where you had hoped. This music theory certificate program will help you gain a professional command of the mechanics behind most of the contemporary music that you enjoy. Armed with knowledge of scales, intervals, chords, and arranging techniques, you’ll apply concepts to your own work and your musical choices will become more intentional as you hear things in music that you never heard before.

Course Requirements

8 Courses to Complete this Certificate (5 Required, plus 3 Electives)

5 Required Courses

Music Theory 101 (OHARM-101)
Paul Schmeling
Level 1 Course
by Paul Schmeling

Learn music theory and gain the foundation you need to take your skills to a higher level by reading, writing, and critically listening to music.

Basic Ear Training (OEART-115)
Roberta Radley Matt Marvuglio
Level 1 Course
by Roberta Radley and Matt Marvuglio

Build your confidence as a performer with this practical approach to ear training by learning how to notate rhythms and identify different parts of a song.

Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function (OHARM-201)
Paul Schmeling
Level 2 Course
by Paul Schmeling

Become a more effective player and writer by studying harmony and furthering your music theory background to understand the rhythms, progressions, and complex chords in jazz, pop, blues, and rock.

Getting Inside Harmony 1 (OHARM-110)
Michael Rendish
Level 1 Course
by Michael Rendish

Learn to identify and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord, and deepen your understanding of music’s inner workings.

Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm (OHARM-301)
Paul Schmeling
Level 3 Course
by Paul Schmeling

Prepare yourself for any future musical endeavor and gain a professional command of the mechanics of contemporary music in this advanced music theory course.

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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