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Advanced Professional Certificate

Writing and Producing Music

Next semester starts September 23



9 Courses (27 Credits) or $1,512 Per Course
Only $12,244.50 when paid all at once

To break in to today’s music industry as a songwriter, you first need to master the writing and arranging skills employed by many hit songwriters. Yet, even if you do so, a record label isn’t likely to knock on your door and ask to record your new songs. You’ll probably need to do it yourself, which is why this program pairs writing and arranging with a music production curriculum that will enable you to record and mix your compositions with professional results. You’ll come away with the multi-faceted skill set necessary to start or advance your career as a contemporary writer/producer.

Course Requirements

9 Courses to Complete this Certificate

Complete These 6 Required Courses

  • Music Production Analysis (OMPRD-160 • Level 1 Course)

    Develop the skills you need for listening and identifying elements of effective records like a seasoned producer, and then learn to use these elements in your own music.

  • Pro Tools 101 (OMPRD-180 • Level 1 Course)

    The first stage of Avid’s Pro Tools certification program, you’ll learn the foundational skills needed to understand Pro Tools technology and software, including recording, editing, and mixing on a basic level.

  • Arranging 1: Rhythm Section (OCWPR-130 • Level 1 Course)

    Explore all of the aspects of writing and arranging for the rhythm section and essential techniques for arranging music for a band.

  • Arranging and Producing Contemporary Music Styles (OCWPR-250 • Level 2 Course)

    Expand your vocabulary of musical styles to create the contemporary grooves needed in today’s market, including explorations in rock, pop, Brazilian, Latin, R&B, funk, hip-hop, and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Elective Requirements

Choose any 3 elective courses from our course catalog

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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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