Theory, Harmony & Ear Training
$12,1208 Courses (24 Credits) or $1,515 Per Course
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.
8 Courses to Complete this Certificate (5 Required, plus 3 Electives)
5 Required Courses
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.
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.
Learn to identify and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord, and deepen your understanding of music’s inner workings.
Prepare yourself for any future musical endeavor and gain a professional command of the mechanics of contemporary music in this advanced music theory course.
Choose any 3 elective courses from our course catalog
Create great-looking sheet music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.
Learn techniques that will improve your performance, arranging, and compositional skills by learning to recognize what is going on within chord progressions.
Master the basics of piano keyboard technique and chord voicings, and gain an understanding of more advanced concepts like interpretation of lead sheets and improv.
Explore more advanced principals in harmony, including melodic and harmonic tension, chord substitution, and chromatically altered chords.
Learn to use Sibelius to create lead sheets, scores, and parts, as well as how to enter and format notation so it conforms to current music publishing standards.
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