Degree and Lesson Handbooks

Gain access to real course content from Berklee Online's 12-week, instructor-led online courses. From foundational concepts to advanced techniques, these free handbooks cover a variety of topics, all designed to provide you with marketable skills in music.

Guitar Degree Handbook

  • Establish your guitar sound
  • Play and understand triads
  • Find variety in rhythm
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Songwriting Degree Handbook

  • Learn how to write a hit song
  • Make your melody work
  • Set your words to music
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Music Production Degree Handbook

  • Listen like a producer
  • Select microphones for vocal production
  • Mix and master with Pro Tools
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Music Business Degree Handbook

  • Understand music licensing
  • Explore direct-to-fan marketing
  • Publish your music
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Music Composition for Film, TV & Games Degree Handbook

  • Analyze scenes using a specialized framework
  • Understand musical characteristics for film
  • Maximize licensing usage
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Electronic Music Production & Sound Design Degree Handbook

  • Create sound using oscillators
  • Shape the spectrum and volume of sound
  • Learn modulation strategies
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Music Theory Handbook

  • Learn the fundamentals of counterpoint
  • Master the basics of rhythm
  • Explore the intricacies of the 7th chord
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Piano Handbook

  • Practice hand preparation and independence
  • Tell a story with 12-bar blues
  • Scratch the surface of jazz piano
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