Music Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training
Learn Music Theory with Berklee
Gain a command of music theory, harmony, ear training, arranging, orchestration, and the mechanics of contemporary music.
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Become a more effective player and writer by furthering your music theory background with this 200-level music theory course. Learn more complex chords, progressions, and rhythms to open up your understanding of the elements that help put the groove in jazz, pop, blues, and rock.
This course teaches the essential concepts in harmony and ear training to strengthen your musicianship, regardless of the instrument or style of music that you play. You will learn the basics about chords, melodies, rhythms, scales, time keeping, solfège, and how all of these elements come together to create music.
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.
In this music composition course, you'll learn how to develop upon virtually any kernel of an idea, from a melodic fragment to a catchy rhythm or phrase, or a nice chord. Explore a variety of approaches to composing and how they work, complete with examples, composer perspectives, and more.
Gain a solid understanding of music fundamentals while building your own musical language. In this course you’ll take a detailed look at the major and minor keys, and be given tools to help you comprehend scales and chords. This course includes a blend of both traditional and contemporary harmony.
Build upon the essential elements of music theory and composition you learned in Music Theory and Composition 1 and further your own musical language. In this course, you will expand your knowledge of major and minor key harmony and melody, in addition to scales, chords, and drum grooves.
This core course is the third of a four-semester curriculum that continues to lay the foundation for your musical development. The materials covered in this course will help you to express your musical ear and thoughts as applied to composition for film, TV, and video games.
Building on the foundation of the previous three levels, Music Theory and Composition 4 will introduce compositional techniques first pioneered by twentieth century European and American composers and will examine them in both classical and jazz/popular music contexts. This advanced music theory course will also help you express your musical ideas as applied to composition for film, TV, and video games.
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.
This course is not only designed to reinforce the ability to read music notation, but also the ability to recognize, imagine, remember, and notate musical sounds. Learning techniques include moveable Do solfège, conducting, counting systems, and dictation strategies. Ear Training 2 will also improve improvisation skills, musical interaction in performance, and music perception in listening.
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
The Advanced Professional Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to design their own certificate program to meet the needs of their musical pursuits. Students can choose eight courses from any interest area and apply them to their certificate.
Professional Certificates 3-5 Courses
Learn the ins and outs of music theory while you gain an enriched appreciation for how different cultures throughout the ages have contributed to varied practices in melody, harmony, and rhythm. Most importantly, this Professional Certificate Program will prepare you apply knowledge and insights on music theory to your own compositions.
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.