Learn Orchestration and Composing with Berklee
Develop your music orchestration, film scoring, songwriting, and music notation background.
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.
Winter Term Starts January 11 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates
Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.
Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.
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.
Gain a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects. 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.
Create original music to accompany a visual medium by learning fundamental to more advanced film scoring techniques.
Learn the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including drum and bass, trance, glitch, dub, electro, minimal, downtempo, house, and techno. If you are musician interested in adding an electronic flavor to your production, or an electronic producer interested in moving your pieces to the next level, this course is for you!
Learn to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including techno, trip hop, glitch, and dubstep. Gain a deep understanding of many aspects of contemporary electronic music, including beats, harmony, bass lines, groove, melodies, synthesis, audio/MIDI editing, effects processing, sound design, performance, and mixing.
Gain a solid foundation of sound production and engineering skills that will prepare you to work at a game development company or as a freelance game audio professional.
Gain a broad overview of counterpoint and the art of writing lines that support both the melody and the overall structure of a composition - essential information for singers, songwriters, composers, guitarists and musicians from all backgrounds.
Create great-looking music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.
Learn to create lead sheets, choral and instrumental scores, drum maps and guitar notation, and explore many other ways to use Sibelius for your own personal and professional needs.
Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.
Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern 20th century compositional techniques. In this course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment.
Winter Term Starts January 11 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates
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.
Programs marked with " Degree Path Certificate" allow you to earn credits that transfer directly into the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program. Upon successful completion of a degree path certificate, you'll be awarded provisional acceptance into the certificate's correlating degree major. Learn More About Degree Path Certificates
Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)
Gain a broad but in-depth background in arranging—for the rhythm section, horns, and strings—to writing for the full orchestra, and gain marketable skills that’ll be put to work immediately.
In this program, you’ll learn to create dynamic arrangements for rhythm section, horns, small ensembles, sequenced/sampled sounds, strings, and woodwinds, and you'll apply this knowledge to your genre(s) of interest and to a variety of commercial settings, such as television and film.
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
This certificate program offers an in-depth education in composing and orchestrating the types of scores that will both compliment the visual and elicit emotions from viewers.
The Professional Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose five courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.
Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)
Build your compositional and arrangement chops, and learn to develop your own catalog of titles and arrangements.
Develop your ears and transcribing skills, learn the solo riffs, licks, mental process, and practice methods of the masters, and establish a solid path towards becoming an accomplished improviser yourself!
Drawing on the most up-to-date tools and information, this extensive certificate program will help equip you to become a more marketable composer and/or songwriter by offering in-depth instruction in orchestration while also delving into the placement techniques that will help your music find a home—and a paycheck—via TV, movies, video games, and other media.
The Specialist Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose three courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.
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Degree Path Certificates
What is a Degree Path Certificate?
Unlike our traditional multi-course certificate programs, all credits earned in a degree path certificate transfer directly into the certificate's correlating degree major.
Students who successfully complete a degree path certificate with a 2.7 GPA or higher are provisionally accepted into the certificate’s correlating degree major in the online Bachelor of Professional Studies program, pending the student's completion of a degree application and application review by Berklee Online’s Dean of Continuing Education.
Can I enroll in a Degree Path Certificate even if I am not interested in pursuing an online degree?
Yes. All students are eligible to enroll in a degree path certificate, regardless of whether or not they plan to continue into a degree program upon completion of the certificate.
Who are Degree Path Certificates best suited for?
Degree path certificates are best suited for students who aren't yet ready to pursue a robust online degree program, but who would like to begin completing credits that will transfer into Berklee Online’s degree program in the future.
Do I need to complete an application before I can enroll in a Degree Path Certificate?
No, there is no admissions process to enroll in a degree path certificate. Students who wish to enroll in a degree path certificate should simply navigate to the certificate they would like to register for and click “Enroll in this Certificate” to get started.
Note: If you are preparing to enter the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program after completing a degree path certificate, you will be required to fill out an online degree application.
Can I receive federal financial aid for a Degree Path Certificate?
No, federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs.
I just completed a Degree Path Certificate and am interested in pursuing an online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree at Berklee Online. What do I do next?
When you are ready to enter the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program, complete an online degree application. In your application, be sure to select the major that corresponds with the certificate you completed. If you have any questions about applying, please contact an Academic Advisor at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.), 1-617-747-2146 (INT'L), or firstname.lastname@example.org.