No matter where you are in your music endeavors, there’s always a new area where you’re a beginner. If you’re a performer, there are many benefits to learning music business, production, or songwriting. Or if you’re on the industry side of music, learning how to play an instrument or learning music theory will only give you more insight into your field. If you’re considering taking a course with Berklee Online, here are 10 course recommendations for getting back to basics in various areas of music. 

Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies
For those who are looking to take their songwriting to the next level, or those looking to begin the art of lyric writing, Pat Pattison will break down the techniques that have helped his students go on to win Grammys. With Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies, you will master the process of building effective lyrical ideas, and strengthen your craft. From learning how to incorporate effective language to exploring rhythmic content within lyrics, you’ll come away from this course bursting with new lyrics to sing and a number of new songs.

Music Theory 101, Getting Inside Harmony 1, and Basic Ear Training 1
Better musicianship begins with these three courses. In Music Theory 101, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts of music such as pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, and harmony. If you’re already familiar with the concepts of music theory, then Getting Inside Harmony 1 will help you take it a step further with your ability to recognize chord progressions and use them creatively in your playing and writing. In Basic Ear Training 1 you’ll take your music theory skills in another direction to become a more interactive and confident musician, so that you can really hear what’s going on while you are performing. 

Music Business Trends and Strategies 
Just in the past few months, we have seen drastic changes in the music industry. Music Business Trends and Strategies, taught by Berklee Online course author Mike King, will create a foundation in key areas of the industry including copyright, publishing, marketing, and creating a fanbase, all while exploring the different structures that currently exist in the music business and the direction it is going. Whether you’re a novice or have a background in music business, this course will provide helpful ways of navigating the industry by looking at how it has changed and what it means for the future. 

Guitar Chords 101
Recently revamped, Guitar Chords 101 is the perfect entryway into playing guitar. But just because it’s 101-level, doesn’t mean it’s simplistic. Instructor Rick Peckham who has taught guitar at Berklee since 1992, will give you a thorough understanding of the practical application and theory behind playing the guitar. Guitar Chords 101 presents Berklee’s approach to the construction of chords, which focuses less on the shape of an individual chord, and more on the notes that the chord is based around.

 

Music Publishing 101
If you have ever written a song, you are a publisher and if you ever plan on monetizing your songs, then you need to learn as much as you can about publishing. With this course, Berklee Online course author Eric Beall guides you through all aspects of the music publishing business, including copyright, performance rights organizations, and different publishing income streams. By the end of this course, you will be equipped to set up your own publishing company and know different strategies to maximize opportunities within this industry. 

Music Production Fundamentals for Songwriters
Learn how to bolster your songwriting skills with the technical skills to engineer and produce your own music in Music Production Fundamentals for Songwriters. In this course, you will learn how to use a DAW of your choice as a powerful compositional tool to help you create the music you want. Learning how to produce your own music will help you with your songwriting, and it will help you become more independent and more involved in collaborative processes with producers, engineers, and other collaborators. 

 

Drum Set Fundamentals
Have you ever wanted to pick up the drums but had no clue where to start? Yoron Israel, chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee and drummer for artists such as Sonny Rollins, Shirley Caesar, and Kenny Burrell, will help you develop the technique to become the drummer you have always wished to be. Drum Set Fundamentals will give you a thorough understanding of the heartbeat of music. You’ll start with the basics, learning concepts such as hand technique, coordination, and rhythm. Then you’ll apply these concepts to different styles and common groove patterns found in R&B, pop-rock, funk, rock, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music.

Touring 101
With income related to live performances accounting for 60-80 percent of most artists’ income, never has it been more important for musicians to build and sustain a touring career. Whether or not musicians will have the ability to go on tour in the next few months, this course from author Bruce Houghton will prepare you for it, delivering tips and strategies on establishing your audience, delivering to that audience, and then strategically growing that audience.