Online Songwriting Courses

Our 12-week online songwriting 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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    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.
    OSONG-420
    Collaborative Songwriting
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Engage in an intensive program of online songwriting collaboration to develop practical and creative real-world skills for professional co-writing.
    OSONG-240
    Commercial Songwriting Techniques
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
    OCOMP-285
    Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Develop a unique compositional voice to write music through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques.
    OCOMP-385
    Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 2
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a solid knowledge of modern instrumental writing and competence using twentieth century techniques in composition. In addition, you will gain enhanced listening skills to identify and appreciate new musical styles, and be capable of implementing these skills in your writing, enriching your capacity to express yourself in this intellectually stimulating musical idiom.
    OLART-216
    Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.
    OLART-201
    Creative Writing: Literature Studies for Musicians
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring works of fiction, personal narrative, poetry, playwriting, and even music journalism.
    OLART-215
    Creative Writing: Poetry
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry.
    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.
    OCOMP-492
    Interactive Scoring for Games
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the fundamental music approaches and skills that professional composers use to create interactive scores for games.
    OCOMP-395
    Jazz Composition
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.
    OSONG-220
    Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Generate more and better lyric ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways with your songs.
    OSONG-221
    Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to write effective song titles and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, and create contrasting sections and ideas.
    OSONG-222
    Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Get the most out of your song lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
    OSONG-505
    Music Career Strategies: Brand Identity Development for Songwriters, Producers, and Artists
    Level 5 - Degree Only

    Level 5

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course explores the intersection of branding and personal and creative identity, giving artists, songwriters, and producers useful career strategies to use when navigating their journey in the music business.
    OCOMP-490
    Music Composition for Film and TV 1
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood productions and gain a recipe book for writing for film and TV.
    OCOMP-491
    Music Composition for Film and TV 2
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Analyze specific genres of film and TV music in terms of melody, harmony, and orchestration, and form a template that you can apply to your own writing.
    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.
    OSONG-150
    Music Production Fundamentals for Songwriters
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to use a Digital Audio Workspace as a compositional tool, how to arrange with MIDI, and how to engineer and produce your own recordings.
    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.
    OSONG-525
    Songwriting Tools and Techniques
    Level 5 - Degree Only

    Level 5

    Credit: $2,760
    Non-credit: $2,560
    This course requires you to become intentional in every aspect of your writing: melodic composition, harmonic considerations, and lyric composition, all focused through the lens of prosody. You will learn to align each compositional element in relationship to your song’s central intent and emotion.
    OSONG-430
    Songwriting for Film and TV
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to write music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across a number of genres.
    OSONG-316
    Songwriting: Harmony
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how harmony can help convey the essential emotion in your songwriting and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your songwriting style and ideas.
    OSONG-315
    Songwriting: Melody
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Create the melodic ideas that convey the emotion of your lyrics, then learn how to develop these melodic ideas into complete sections and songs to suit your songwriting style.
    OSONG-310
    Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic, and lyrical ideas by crafting songs the way hit songwriters do.
    OCOMP-493
    World Music Composition Styles
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.
    OCWPR-385
    Writing and Producing Advertising Music
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a practical working knowledge of composing, producing, marketing, and monetizing commercial music, from jingles to television theme music and scoring.