Music History and Liberal Arts
Develop Your Music Knowledge with Berklee
Gain a well-rounded music education by delving into arts, history, creative writing, and other disciplines.
Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online. No application necessary.
Discover the history of rock 'n' roll in more detail than you can imagine from the people that lived it. Learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators, and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past 60 years.
This course explores the development of Western European music from the Antiquity and Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By focusing on major composers, genres, technical aspects, and historical facts, students will gain an understanding of how early Western music gave rise to the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.
Just as learning the theory behind how music creation works, exploring the history of music is key to understanding the genres of music that we perform, create, and consume today. Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic, and Modern will provide you with a foundation for understanding how music has developed in the Western world through the study of composers, compositions, and key characteristics of a number of musical genres.
Through the eyes of two professors of art history with differing yet complementary approaches to understanding art, you will look at a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, and discover the diversity of ways that works of art are meaningful to the human experience.
Working in the music industry involves a never-ending series of projects. These projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for each, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals. Project Management for Musicians will provide you with an overall approach, with many specific tools, to help you successfully complete your music industry-related projects
Build your own knowledge of, and confidence in, math in practical ways that relate directly to the world of music. This action-oriented course is designed specifically for those who find math intimidating or who feel that their math skills have become rusty.
This course provides an overview of video game design, exploring the iterative process of coming up with ideas, prototyping, testing, and revising that is at the heart of the video game industry. You will analyze games and examine the principles of game design from a visual studies perspective.
This course is all about exploring why we listen to music, what we use music for, and, in some sense, how music uses us. Why do we have the musical preferences that we do? Is there really such a thing as “good” music? How does music create communities? How does music create social change? How does music function in our daily lives? These are all questions we will examine in depth throughout this course.
Explore the four dimensions of career development: clarifying your professional value, focusing the opportunity lens, advancing personal growth strategies, and orchestrating a successful job search. Throughout the course, you will hear from Berklee alumni and employers about what it takes to succeed in the music industry in today’s shifting climate.
Tuning In: Music Therapy Techniques for Wellness allows you to explore the impact of music in your life and teaches you simple techniques to enrich your mind, body, and spirit through music. You will learn some of the psychological, neurological, and immunological changes that can come about when you engage with music, thereby affecting your general well-being and wellness.
The overall focus of this course is for you to develop academic writing and expository prose techniques for creating clear and coherent written works. The course covers a wide range of skills necessary for college-level work, including elements of argumentation, sentence-level issues, paragraph structure, organization, form, and style.
Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area. No application necessary.
Advanced Professional Certificates (8-12 Courses)
Professional Certificates (3-5 Courses)
Music Degree Programs
Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.
Bachelor's Degrees (Up to 120 Credits)
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