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 are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online. No application necessary.
Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.
Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody.
Explore the techniques of writing music that will appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across any number of different genres.
Learn how harmony can help you to convey the essential emotion of a song to your audience, and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your unique songwriting style and ideas.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.
Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring and learning from the works of musician-writers and those for whom music has had a profound influence.
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.
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.
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.
The course acts as a springboard for the novice producer/songwriter to jump into the world of producing, recording, and mixing songs to a professional level using Pro Tools.
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.
This course will actively engage students in an intensive program of online song collaboration, which will allow them to develop practical and creative real world skills for professional co-writing.
Just because you’re a great songwriter doesn’t mean people will know how great your songs are. You need to make recordings that prove the potential of your compositions, which is where Logic Pro X and this course come in. In Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic you’ll learn production approaches and Logic Pro X techniques. Upon completion of the course you’ll have created a professional demo. It is recommended that you take OSONG-150 Music Technology for Songwriters prior to this course.
As a songwriter, you don’t have to limit your compositional tools to just you and your old standby instrument. Technology can offer so many points of entry to make creative ideas become musical realities, but you need a map to help you navigate this technological terrain. This course gives you all you need to learn your way around the latest recording and composing technology. You’ll learn how to use a Digital Audio Workspace as a compositional tool, you’ll learn how to arrange with MIDI, and how to engineer and produce your own recordings.
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)
In this program, you'll come away with the multi-faceted skill set necessary to start or advance your career as a contemporary writer/producer.
While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to write a song, there are time-tested tools and techniques that have consistently yielded beloved, memorable music. Studying with Berklee’s accomplished songwriting faculty, you'll delve into lyric writing, melody, harmony, theory, arranging, and strategies employed by some of the all-time great songwriters.
Professional Certificates (3-5 Courses)
Under the guidance of Berklee’s accomplished songwriting faculty, you’ll study the key methodologies and strategies for writing impactful lyrics and in turn, learning how to better express yourself.
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.
Learn the techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles that have propelled Berklee alumni to write number one songs and win Grammy Awards. In this program, you will develop skills to create song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics that support and enhance the ideas that you want to express
“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.
The Writing and Producing Music major is for the musician of the future. Because of the intense focus on multiple disciplines—writing, producing, arranging, and the latest music software available—you will become a versatile asset to any project within the music industry.
This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.
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