Learn Orchestration and Composing with Berklee

Develop your music orchestration, film scoring, songwriting, and music notation background.

12-Week 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.

Orchestration 1

Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.

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Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra

Learn advanced orchestration strategies and approaches to writing for full orchestra, including both a live orchestra and sampled MIDI mockups.

Music Composition for Film and TV 1

In this music composition course, you'll 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.

Music Composition for Film and TV 2

Gain a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects. In this music composition course, you'll 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.

Film Scoring 101

Create original music to accompany a visual medium by learning fundamental to more advanced film scoring techniques.

Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1

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 a musician interested in adding an electronic flavor to your production, or an electronic producer interested in moving your pieces to the next level, this music composition course is for you!

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Composing and Producing Electronic Music 2

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.

Introduction to Game Audio

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.

Music Notation and Score Preparation Using Finale

Create great-looking music quickly and easily with the powerful Finale music notation software, and learn techniques to maximize speed, control, and accuracy.

Music Notation Using Sibelius

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.

World Music Composition Styles

Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.

Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1

Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques. In this music composition course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment.

Interactive Scoring for Games

Whether you’re working on a small iPhone or Facebook game, or a large PlayStation or Xbox title, this course will teach you the fundamental music approaches and skills that professional composers use to create interactive scores for games.

Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 2

Gain a solid knowledge of modern instrumental writing and competence using twentieth century techniques in composition. In addition, you will gain enhanced listening skills to identify and appreciate new musical styles, and be capable of implementing these skills in your writing, enriching your capacity to express yourself in this intellectually stimulating musical idiom.

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)


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.

24 Credits
Orchestration for Film and TV
Degree Path Certificate

This certificate program offers an in-depth education in creating the types of scores that will both compliment the visual and elicit emotions from viewers.

27 Credits
Arranging and Orchestration

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.

24 Credits

Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)

Composing and Orchestrating for Film and TV
Degree Path Certificate

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.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

Jazz Composition and Arranging

Build your compositional and arrangement chops, and learn to develop your own catalog of titles and arrangements.

9 Credits
Producing Music for Film and Games
Degree Path Certificate

If you already have a strong background in music and would like to expand the possibilities as to where your music can live, this certificate program provides a vital pathway into work for film, TV, and video games.

9 Credits
Orchestration for Film and TV
Degree Path Certificate

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.

9 Credits

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!

9 Credits

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.

Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Create Your Own Major)

“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.

Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games

With the courses offered in this music composition degree, you'll gain the practical skills to compose, arrange, and orchestrate effective dramatic music for visual media, including film, television, and interactive media.

Undeclared Option

This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.

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