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.

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Credits transfer to hundreds of other colleges and universities
  • Many Berklee Online courses apply toward certificates and degree programs

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    Arranging for Songwriters: Instrumentation and Production in Songwriting
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    This course will provide you with tools and techniques to craft instrumentation and production for supporting the emotional meanings of songs. You will be able to create an identifiable and unique sound.
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    Collaborative Songwriting
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    This course will actively engage students in an intensive program of online song collaboration, which will allow them to develop practical and creative real world skills for professional co-writing.
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    Commercial Songwriting Techniques
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
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    Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques. In this music composition course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 and learning from the works of musician-writers and those for whom music has had a profound influence.
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    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.
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    Interactive Scoring for Games
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Whether you’re working on a small iPhone or Facebook game, or a large PlayStation or Xbox title, this course will teach you the fundamental music approaches and skills that professional composers use to create interactive scores for games.
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    Jazz Composition
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    In this music composition course, you'll learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.
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    Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies
    Level 2

    Level 2

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

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.
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    Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
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    Music Composition for Film and TV 1
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    In this music composition course, you'll learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood films and TV programs. Analyze melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration in a variety of genres to gain a complete recipe book for writing for film and TV.
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    Music Composition for Film and TV 2
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects. In this music composition course, you'll learn to analyze specific genres of film and television music in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration, forming a template that you can then apply to your own writing.
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    Music Production Fundamentals for Songwriters
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    As a songwriter, you don’t have to limit your compositional tools to just you and your old standby instrument. Technology can offer so many points of entry to make creative ideas become musical realities, but you need a map to help you navigate this technological terrain. This course gives you all you need to learn your way around the latest recording and composing technology. You’ll learn how to use a Digital Audio Workspace as a compositional tool, you’ll learn how to arrange with MIDI, and how to engineer and produce your own recordings.
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    Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Just because you’re a great songwriter doesn’t mean people will know how great your songs are. You need to make recordings that prove the potential of your compositions, which is where Logic Pro X and this course come in.
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    Producing Songwriting Demos with Pro Tools
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    The course acts as a springboard for the novice producer/songwriter to jump into the world of producing, recording, and mixing songs to a professional level using Pro Tools.
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    Songwriting for Film and TV
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the techniques of writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across any number of different genres.
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    Songwriting: Harmony
    Level 3

    Level 3

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

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,297
    Non-credit: $1,150
    Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.
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    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. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.
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    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.
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    Writing and Producing Advertising Music
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a practical working knowledge of how to compose, produce, market and monetize commercial music in three important categories: jingles, library music, and television theme music and scoring.