Music Production

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Learn Berklee’s renowned mixing, mastering, and music production techniques using Pro Tools, Reason, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, and more.

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Courses

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.

  • Next Semester Starts June 27, 2022
  • 12 Weeks
  • 5-10 Hours Per Week
OMPRD-162
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
Create compelling, professional-sounding songs by learning to identify the production elements that contribute to a well-balanced, artful and professional mix.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OLART-160
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
Learn effective techniques for producing any kind of video, including a music video or short film.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-101
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
Create great-looking sheet music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-103
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OLMSC-101
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-160
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OGUIT-110
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-180
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-278
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn all the fundamentals of Ableton Live, covering aspects of production, composition, synthesis, sampling, effects processing, and more.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-282
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Building off of Ableton Live Fundamentals, explore common sampling concepts applicable to all samplers and techniques that are unique to Ableton Live.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OLMSC-215
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Become a better recording and live sound engineer, and improve your editing and mixing environment by learning the ins and outs of acoustics.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-262
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Expand your production skills and critical listening by learning how to identify and implement mix strategies and a wide array of professional mix approaches.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OSONG-250
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-210
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to properly set up, operate, and manage a recording studio, integrating both analog and digital elements.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-260
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OLART-205
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OGUIT-223
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-295
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-208
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn all of the ins and outs of the Traktor Pro software, and all of the different ways you can use Traktor to DJ and remix your tracks live.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-287
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to construct a high-quality mix for live sound and identify proper microphone technique, effects, and processing to build professional sounds and vocals.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-250
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-205
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-281
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Whether you’re a music producer, DJ, singer/songwriter, or electronic musician, learning Ableton Live can lead to real-time, dynamic live performances.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-221
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-279
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Gain a broad skill set and a fully realized background in music production using the state-of-the-art Cubase software.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-273
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Strengthen your technical understanding of the Logic music software and heighten your overall creative abilities in production.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-275
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Gain a firm understanding of the functionalities and capabilities of Reason software and explore techniques used by today’s top producers.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OSONG-231
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to produce demos and recordings that capture your songwriting abilities and show off the potential of your compositions.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OSONG-230
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Jump into the world of producing, recording, and mixing songs to a professional level using Pro Tools.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-227
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OLMSC-260
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Explore the art of sampling and audio production, and learn Berklee’s approach to recording, editing, and programming using the samplers provided in Reason.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-202
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to create your own unique electronic sounds and musical productions using Propellerhead’s Reason and Native Instruments’ Absynth.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-383
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Take a deep dive into composing with Ableton by learning and leveraging linear and non-linear creative techniques using advanced Ableton Live tools.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-379
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-342
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-389
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-397
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to create electronic music in a variety of styles such as drum and bass, glitch, dub, trance, downtempo, house, and techno.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-398
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Building on Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1, gain the skills to identify, appreciate, and utilize new musical styles and techniques.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-345
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to compose music, unique sounds, and voices for video games and explore the creative process and practical challenges of game audio production.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-341
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to use Max to enhance and simplify real-time musical expression, analyze musical tendencies, and interpret gestural input to direct autonomous musical processes.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-355
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to produce high-quality results with effective microphone technique, whether your sessions feature a single vocalist or large big-band jazz ensemble.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-382
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn the tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic productions, including EQ, dynamics processing, reverb, delays, and more.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-380
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn mixing and mastering—two key elements of music production—by learning the Berklee approach using the Pro Tools software.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-365
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OCWPR-366
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OPIAN-310
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
The role of keyboards in recorded music is vast and diverse; from acoustic piano ballad playing to synthesis, sound design and beat making in modern pop music. This course will focus on the role of “piano-based” keyboards in various styles of music through the lens of recording and technology.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-386
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to compose and produce polished, professional-sounding drum beats in a variety of different styles.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-385
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-365
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn the technical aspects of producing and engineering vocals and the personal, artistic aspects of working with a vocalist to achieve the best performance.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-425
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-420
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to mix music in today's production environment by exploring the many creative and technical considerations you need to know.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-402
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-475
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Gain insight into the art of music production and develop the necessary skills for producing music according to professional standards.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-480
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OVOIC-400
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
This course explores the production aspects that affect the career and development of vocalists, exposing them to tools and techniques that will serve them well in their professional life. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) skills and collaboration processes are at the core of the course.
  • Credit: $1,515
  • Non-Credit: $1,265
OMPRD-550
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Explore advanced mixing techniques such as balance, EQ, dynamics, spatial effects, automation, pitch and time correction, mixing for digital streaming services, and more.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-507
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
This course will help you understand, design, and implement a professional music production environment for the projects you embark on.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-599
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-590
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Compositional Voice Development in Film Scoring provides you with methods and exercises for expanding your compositional voice.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-588
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Develop creative and essential recording techniques and explore the advanced audio editing necessary to achieve professional sounding recordings in any setting.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-525
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Learn to dissect music for its use of various production techniques, including arrangement, instrumentation, performance, mix considerations, and more.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-525
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-588
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Explore the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations specific to the creation of music for film and television.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-507
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Learn how to emulate live orchestral performances and recordings in the most musical and expressive way, using industry-standard tools and techniques.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-570
Level 5 - Enrollable Level 5 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the ear, to psychological perceptions.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-692
Level 6 - Enrollable Level 6 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Learn mastering theories and techniques to deliver quality masters in a variety of genres, for various platforms including vinyl, lossy codecs, and streaming.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-694
Level 6 - Enrollable Level 6 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Explore the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations in producing audio for film, television, and related media.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OMPRD-625
Level 6 - Enrollable Level 6 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Explore the craft of music production and the fundamental aural and philosophical considerations necessary to achieve emotionally-impactful productions.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-662
Level 6 - Enrollable Level 6 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Learn how to research and make appropriate choices for films that require music from a culture other than your own.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590
OCOMP-677
Level 6 - Enrollable Level 6 - Enrollable
Graduate Course
Work with raw and electronic sound using software synthesizers and samplers to develop your own unique sounds and create dramatic musical soundscapes for films.
  • Credit: $2,790
  • Non-Credit: $2,590

Certificates

Gain the professional credentials and marketable skills you need to succeed in your specific area of the music industry. Certificates range from foundational-skill building to graduate-level. No application necessary.

  • Next Semester Starts June 27, 2022
  • 3-18 Months
  • 5-10 Hours Per Week
Graduate
3 Courses · 9 Credits
By exploring the intersection where technical skills and creative ideas meet, you will learn to produce recordings that convey your vision while utilizing innovative editing and vocal production techniques.
Graduate
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Explore how the human ear perceives and interprets sounds and learn how to apply this knowledge to design a professional-level music production environment.
Graduate
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Hone your skills as an engineer by learning advanced mixing and mastering techniques in a variety of genres by producing recordings for various formats.
Advanced Professional
12 Courses · 36 Credits
Gain an understanding of the tools, technologies, and techniques needed for a successful career producing, recording, mixing, engineering, and mastering music.
Advanced Professional
9 Courses · 27 Credits
Learn about topics central to electronic music production such as setting up your home recording studio, sampling, synthesis, MIDI sequencing, mixing, and more.
Advanced Professional
8 Courses · 24 Credits
Learn the basics and advanced tips of harnessing the powerful capabilities of Pro Tools to set up your studio and excel in audio editing, mixing, and mastering.
Advanced Professional
9 Courses · 27 Credits
In this program, you’ll come away with the multifaceted skill set necessary to start or advance your career as a contemporary writer/producer.
Advanced Professional
8 Courses · 24 Credits
This customizable program allows you to earn an Advanced Professional Certificate in General Music Studies by choosing eight courses from any interest area.
Professional
4 Courses · 12 Credits
Learn the basics and advanced tips of harnessing the powerful capabilities of Pro Tools to set up your studio and excel in audio editing, mixing, and mastering.
Professional
5 Courses · 15 Credits
Learn about topics central to electronic music production such as setting up your home recording studio, sampling, synthesis, MIDI sequencing, mixing, and more.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Study all of the techniques a mix engineer needs to know to work live sound at a concert, such as equalization, dynamics, microphone technique, and more.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Strengthen your technical understanding of Logic and gain a better understanding of tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic music.
Professional
5 Courses · 15 Credits
Develop your production skills on any DAW with the help of Berklee’s music production faculty, guiding you from the start to a mastered recording.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Gain the music production skills to bring your most creative ideas to life, in the studio and onstage, with this concentration in Ableton Live.
Professional
5 Courses · 15 Credits
In this advanced certificate program, Berklee’s incomparable music production faculty will guide you through the art of mixing, the most effective microphone and audio mastering techniques, best practices for vocal production, and creative music production skills.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Whether you’re a musician or producer, learn how to add an electronic flavor to your productions and move your work to the next level.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Develop a solid foundation in sound production and engineering that will prepare you to work in-house or as a freelancer in the video game industry.
Professional
4 Courses · 12 Credits
This customizable program allows you to earn a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies by choosing four courses from any interest area.

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.

  • Apply for September 26, 2022 semester start
    • Degree application deadline is July 26, 2022
    • Get a decision within 2 weeks
  • Master's Degree: 1-3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree: 2-4 Years
  • 5-10 Hours Per Week
36 Credits
Gain the skills you need for a career in music production by learning advanced recording, mixing, and mastering while creating a portfolio of polished work and focusing on business sustainability for independent producers.
120 Credits
Create a portfolio of polished productions and gain the analytical and professional skills needed for a successful career in music production.
120 Credits
Hone your songwriting skills while developing your ability to record and mix professional-sounding music from your home studio using Pro Tools, Live, or Logic.
120 Credits
Apply core studio technologies and techniques to your electronic music and sound design projects, including recording, editing, and mixing.
120 Credits
“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.
45 of 120 Credits
This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.

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