Online Music Production Courses

Our 12-week online music production courses are authored and taught by industry experts and the same renowned instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus.


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    OMPRD-278
    Ableton Live Fundamentals
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn all the fundamentals of Ableton Live, covering aspects of production, composition, synthesis, sampling, effects processing, and more.
    OMPRD-383
    Ableton Live Techniques: Non-Linear Creative Strategies and Composition
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Take a deep dive into composing with Ableton by learning and leveraging linear and non-linear creative techniques using advanced Ableton Live tools.
    OMPRD-282
    Ableton Live Techniques: Sampling
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Building off of Ableton Live Fundamentals, explore common sampling concepts applicable to all samplers and techniques that are unique to Ableton Live.
    OMPRD-379
    Ableton Live Techniques: Synthesis and DSP
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Building off of Ableton Live Fundamentals, explore how you can use the many synthesizers and audio effects in Ableton Live to achieve sounds found in contemporary music production.
    OLMSC-215
    Acoustics
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Become a better recording and live sound engineer, and improve your editing and mixing environment by learning the ins and outs of acoustics.
    OMPRD-262
    Advanced Audio Ear Training for Mix Engineers
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Expand your production skills and critical listening by learning how to identify and implement mix strategies and a wide array of professional mix approaches.
    OMPRD-662
    Advanced Audio/Music Mastering: Theory and Practice
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn mastering theories and techniques to deliver quality masters in a variety of genres, for various platforms including vinyl, lossy codecs, and streaming.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-550
    Advanced Mixing Techniques
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Explore advanced mixing techniques such as balance, EQ, dynamics, spatial effects, automation, pitch and time correction, mixing for digital streaming services, and more.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-425
    Advanced Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    This advanced music production course provides you with a deep understanding of mixing and mastering tools and techniques that you can apply to a wide variety of styles.
    OMPRD-507
    Architectural, Acoustic, and Audio System Design for the Modern Music Production Studio
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course will help you understand, design, and implement a professional music production environment for the projects you embark on.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OSONG-250
    Arranging for Songwriters: Instrumentation and Production in Songwriting
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Create a unique sound and explore tools and techniques that will help you craft songs with the instrumentation and production to support your intended emotional meaning.
    OMPRD-420
    Art of Mixing
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to mix music in today's production environment by exploring the many creative and technical considerations you need to know.
    OMPRD-210
    Audio Fundamentals for Recording
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to properly set up, operate, and manage a recording studio, integrating both analog and digital elements.
    OMPRD-342
    Audio Mastering Techniques
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution.
    OMPRD-389
    Audio Post Production for Film and TV
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Become a more marketable and in-demand producer by learning the fundamentals of audio post production for film and television: sound design, foley, dialogue, and more.
    OMPRD-677
    Audio/Music Production for Visual Media
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Explore the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations in producing audio for film, television, and related media.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-690
    Business of Independent Music Production
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    This course is designed to help students in recognizing revenue streams, budgets, contracts, negotiating skills, self-promotion and marketing, and remuneration for services rendered. The course will cover new technologies, revenue collection tools, and marketing methods, such as SoundExchange, online streaming, and the social media promotion and networking tools that can drive their careers.
    OMPRD-599
    Commercial Vocal Production
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Develop the skills necessary to create vocal-focused recordings that are contemporary and commercially viable. You will explore voice as an instrument that is naturally expressive, but can also be technologically processed.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OCWPR-397
    Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to create electronic music in a variety of styles such as drum and bass, glitch, dub, trance, downtempo, house, and techno.
    OCWPR-398
    Composing and Producing Electronic Music 2
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Building on Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1, gain the skills to identify, appreciate, and utilize new musical styles and techniques.
    OCOMP-599
    Composing the Orchestral Film Score
    Level 5 - Degree Only

    Level 5

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Explore the orchestral film score process by composing, mocking up, orchestrating, and copying a cue that a professional orchestra will record in the 10th week of this course.
    OCOMP-590
    Compositional Voice Development in Film Scoring
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Compositional Voice Development in Film Scoring provides you with methods and exercises for expanding your compositional voice.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-402
    Creative Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for Music and Visuals
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore modern sound design techniques that give you the tools to get ahead of the game, in both audio-for-visuals projects and music production.
    OMPRD-475
    Creative Music Production Skills
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain insight into the art of music production and develop the necessary skills for producing music according to professional standards.
    OMPRD-588
    Creative Recording and Editing Techniques in Music Production
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Develop creative and essential recording techniques and explore the advanced audio editing necessary to achieve professional sounding recordings in any setting.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-525
    Critical Analysis of Music Production Techniques
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn to dissect music for its use of various production techniques, including arrangement, instrumentation, performance, mix considerations, and more.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-162
    Critical Listening 1
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Create compelling, professional-sounding songs by learning to identify the production elements that contribute to a well-balanced, artful and professional mix.
    OCOMP-693
    Culminating Experience in Film Scoring 1
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    OCOMP-695
    Culminating Experience in Film Scoring 2
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    OMPRD-693
    Culminating Experience in Music Production 1
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    All Master of Music in Music Production students complete a culminating experience or thesis project. This experience is meant to be exactly as named: the culmination of your work in the program, the experience through which you synthesize all you have learned.
    OMPRD-695
    Culminating Experience in Music Production 2
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    This course, a continuation of Culminating Experience in Music Production 1, supports the completion of the culminating experience. You will work in consultation with your culminating experience committee to develop your unique projects, and to take them from first draft to finished form. In addition, you will prepare for your final presentation and ultimately present your work to your committee and to the online graduate community.
    OCOMP-525
    Film Score Analysis
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn how film composers use an effective musical vocabulary while you expand your own overall knowledge of film, and start seeing films through the lens of a filmmaker.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OCWPR-260
    Film Scoring 101
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    After a quick overview of the media industry today, students will learn the technical and aesthetic challenges in this highly competitive field. They will analyze and spot a film score and become better storytellers through various writing exercises.
    OMPRD-345
    Game Audio Production with Wwise
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to compose music, unique sounds, and voices for video games and explore the creative process and practical challenges of game audio production.
    OLART-205
    Game Design Principles
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn video game design by drafting ideas, prototyping, testing, and revising. This is the process that is at the heart of the video game industry.
    OSONG-640
    Genre Survey for Songwriters: Analysis and Application
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course explores top examples of representative songs from different popular music genres, as defined by Billboard.com, with the goal of analyzing and understanding the musical components that determine the nature of these genres, resulting in a successful songwriting process, according to music industry standards.
    OGUIT-223
    Getting Your Guitar Sound
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country, and other genres, with an authentic guitar tone.
    OLART-160
    Introduction to Digital Cinematography
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn effective techniques for producing any kind of video, including a music video or short film.
    OMPRD-295
    Introduction to Game Audio
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a solid foundation of sound production and engineering skills that will prepare you to work at a game development company or as a freelancer.
    OMPRD-341
    Introduction to Procedural Music Software with Max
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to use Max to enhance and simplify real-time musical expression, analyze musical tendencies, and interpret gestural input to direct autonomous musical processes.
    OMPRD-208
    Learn to DJ with Traktor
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn all of the ins and outs of the Traktor Pro 2 software, and all of the different ways you can use Traktor to DJ and remix your tracks live.
    OMPRD-287
    Live Sound: Mixing and Recording
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to construct a high-quality mix for live sound and identify proper microphone technique, effects, and processing to build professional sounds and vocals.
    OMPRD-355
    Microphone Techniques
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to produce high-quality results with effective microphone technique, whether your sessions feature a single vocalist or large big-band jazz ensemble.
    OMPRD-382
    Mixing and Mastering for the Electronic Musician
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn the tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic productions, including EQ, dynamics processing, reverb, delays, and more.
    OMPRD-380
    Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn mixing and mastering—two key elements of music production—by learning the Berklee approach using the Pro Tools software.
    OCOMP-588
    Mixing the Film Score
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Explore the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations specific to the creation of music for film and television.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OSONG-570
    Music Demo Production for Songwriters
    Level 5 - Degree Only

    Level 5

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Develop your sound through song arranging techniques and by producing, recording, and mixing songs at a professional level. You will focus on creating unique instrumentation and overall sound for your original songs, harnessing the power of a Digital Audio Workstation and using professional production techniques.
    OCWPR-101
    Music Notation and Score Preparation Using Finale
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Create great-looking sheet music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.
    OCWPR-103
    Music Notation and Score Preparation using Sibelius Ultimate
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OLMSC-101
    Music Production 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    By the end of the course, you’ll be able to configure a personal production workspace and use software instruments and audio recordings to produce music.
    OMPRD-160
    Music Production Analysis
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OMPRD-577
    Music Production: Maximizing Emotion through Performance, Arrangement, and Sound
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Explore the craft of music production and the fundamental aural and philosophical considerations necessary to achieve emotionally-impactful productions.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OGUIT-110
    Music Technology for Guitarists
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to use a DAW and master guitar amplifier modeling and effects processing, in addition to several other digital technologies applicable to recording and live performance.
    OMPRD-250
    Music Video Editing with Final Cut Pro
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn all the steps and tools necessary to create a high-quality audiovisual experience and maximize the use of video, audio, and graphic content on Final Cut Pro.
    OMPRD-205
    Music Writing and Production with the iPad
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the iPad hardware and operating system then learn how to select and set up a mobile studio with the correct MIDI and audio interfaces.
    OCOMP-507
    Orchestral Mockups in Film Scoring
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn how to emulate live orchestral performances and recordings in the most musical and expressive way, using industry-standard tools and techniques.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OCOMP-637
    Orchestrating the Film Score with Live Sessions
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    The focus of this course will be on orchestration within the context of recording a film score. There will be two recording sessions that are intended to be mixed with prerecorded samples and/or purely electronic elements. The sessions will be conducted remotely. The students will be responsible for mixing their cue to completion.
    OCWPR-365
    Orchestration 1
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.
    OCWPR-366
    Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.
    OMPRD-281
    Performing with Ableton Live
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Whether you’re a music producer, DJ, singer/songwriter, or electronic musician, learning Ableton Live can lead to real-time, dynamic live performances.
    OMPRD-180
    Pro Tools 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
    OMPRD-221
    Pro Tools 110
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    In this second stage of Avid’s Pro Tools certification program, you’ll learn a broad range of tools and production techniques that will help you tackle more complex Pro Tools projects and enhance your capabilities.
    OMPRD-279
    Producing Music with Cubase
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a broad skill set and a fully realized background in music production using the state-of-the-art Cubase software.
    OMPRD-273
    Producing Music with Logic
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Strengthen your technical understanding of the Logic music software and heighten your overall creative abilities in production.
    OMPRD-275
    Producing Music with Reason
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a firm understanding of the functionalities and capabilities of Reason software and explore techniques used by today’s top producers.
    OSONG-231
    Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to produce demos and recordings that capture your songwriting abilities and show off the potential of your compositions.
    OSONG-230
    Producing Songwriting Demos with Pro Tools
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Jump into the world of producing, recording, and mixing songs to a professional level using Pro Tools.
    OCOMP-577
    Professional Film Scoring Skills 1: Collaboration and Communication
    Level 5 - Degree Only

    Level 5

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    OCOMP-650
    Professional Film Scoring Skills 2: Building Your Career
    Level 6 - Degree Only

    Level 6

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    The goal of this course is to give students the tools to integrate the components needed to have a sustainable career in the film scoring field. This course will allow students to learn about and practice combining their creative skills with practical, business, social, ethical, and industry skills.
    OMPRD-386
    Programming and Producing Drum Beats
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to compose and produce polished, professional-sounding drum beats in a variety of different styles.
    OMPRD-637
    Psychoacoustics in Music Production
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the ear, to psychological perceptions.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-227
    Recording and Producing in the Home Studio
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the music production process and how to apply a number of concepts and techniques that will improve the sound of your recordings, mixes, and masters.
    OMPRD-385
    Remixing
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the technical skills not only to produce professional sounding remixes but to also hear a song’s possibilities beyond its original arrangement and style.
    OLMSC-260
    Sampling and Audio Production
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the art of sampling and audio production, and learn Berklee’s approach to recording, editing, and programming using the samplers provided in Reason.
    OMPRD-202
    Sound Design for the Electronic Musician
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to create your own unique electronic sounds and musical productions using Propellerhead’s Reason and Native Instruments’ Absynth.
    OCOMP-662
    Stylistic Adaptations in Film Scoring
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Learn how to research and make appropriate choices for films that require music from a culture other than your own.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-480
    Sylvia Massy: Creative Approaches to Recording and Producing Music
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    A hands-on course on pushing the boundaries on adventurous audio engineering and music production, from Sylvia Massy, Chris Johnson, Chrissy Tignor, and Loudon Stearns.
    OCOMP-677
    Synthesis, Sampling, and Sound Design in Film Scoring: Electronic and Textural Resources
    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    Work with raw and electronic sound using software synthesizers and samplers to develop your own unique sounds and create dramatic musical soundscapes for films.
    Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses.
    OMPRD-365
    Vocal Production
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn the technical aspects of producing and engineering vocals and the personal, artistic aspects of working with a vocalist to achieve the best performance.