Songwriting

Become a Better Songwriter with Berklee

Develop your song and lyric writing skills and effectively express yourself as a songwriter through words and music.

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.

OSONG-150
Level 1 Level 1
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to use a Digital Audio Workspace as a compositional tool, how to arrange with MIDI, and how to engineer and produce your own recordings.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
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: $1,297
  • Non-Credit: $1,297
OSONG-240
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-285
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Develop a unique compositional voice to write music through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OLART-216
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OLART-201
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring works of fiction, personal narrative, poetry, playwriting, and even music journalism.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OLART-215
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-220
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Generate more and better lyric ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways with your songs.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-221
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Learn to write effective song titles and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, and create contrasting sections and ideas.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-222
Level 2 Level 2
Undergraduate Course
Get the most out of your song lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
  • Credit: $1,297
  • Non-Credit: $1,297
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: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
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: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-385
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
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.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-395
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-430
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn how to write music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across a number of genres.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-316
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn how harmony can help convey the essential emotion in your songwriting and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your songwriting style and ideas.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-315
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Create the melodic ideas that convey the emotion of your lyrics, then learn how to develop these melodic ideas into complete sections and songs to suit your songwriting style.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-310
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic, and lyrical ideas by crafting songs the way hit songwriters do.
  • Credit: $1,297
  • Non-Credit: $1,297
OCWPR-385
Level 3 Level 3
Undergraduate Course
Gain a practical working knowledge of composing, producing, marketing, and monetizing commercial music, from jingles to television theme music and scoring.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OSONG-420
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Engage in an intensive program of online songwriting collaboration to develop practical and creative real-world skills for professional co-writing.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-492
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Learn the fundamental music approaches and skills that professional composers use to create interactive scores for games.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-490
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood productions and gain a recipe book for writing for film and TV.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-491
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Analyze specific genres of film and TV music in terms of melody, harmony, and orchestration, and form a template that you can apply to your own writing.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497
OCOMP-493
Level 4 Level 4
Undergraduate Course
Add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre by studying the characteristics of a wide array of world music compositional techniques.
  • Credit: $1,497
  • Non-Credit: $1,497

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.

Advanced Professional
9 Courses · 27 Credits
Delve into lyric writing, melody, harmony, theory, arranging, and the songwriting strategies employed by some of the all-time greatest songwriters.
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.
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.
Professional
3 Courses · 9 Credits
Study the key methodologies and strategies for writing impactful lyrics and in turn, learn how to better express yourself through your songs.
Professional
4 Courses · 12 Credits
Whether you’re a new or experienced songwriter, and regardless of whether your goal is to write a hit or just more emotionally powerful songs, this program will bring out your best work as a songwriter.
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.

36 Credits
The Master of Arts in Songwriting will instill in you a deeper knowledge of lyrical and musical techniques, song forms, and ideas on arranging and production that past and current innovators in songwriting have used with great success.
120 Credits
By focusing on song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics, you’ll learn the techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles that have propelled Berklee alumni to write No. 1 songs and win Grammys.
120 Credits
“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.
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.
45 of 120 Credits
This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.

Get Access to Free Handbooks

Gain access to real course content from Berklee Online's 12-week, instructor-led online courses. From foundational concepts to advanced techniques, these free handbooks cover a variety of topics, all designed to provide you with marketable skills in music.

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