About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Students may want to have some knowledge of basic music notation and will need access to an instrument, preferably a keyboard or piano.

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

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Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Lithuanian, Catalan, German...

What you will learn

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    Aurally identify musical intervals, chords, and chord progressions

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    Write and practice major and minor scales in a variety of keys

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    Compose a 12-bar blues with a melody

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    Define and discuss harmonic function and modal interchange

Skills you will gain

ScalesMusicChordJazzMusic theory

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Students may want to have some knowledge of basic music notation and will need access to an instrument, preferably a keyboard or piano.

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Lithuanian, Catalan, German...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Developing Your Musicianship

4.8
633 ratings
177 reviews
Course2

Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys

4.9
311 ratings
79 reviews
Course3

Musicianship: Tensions, Harmonic Function, and Modal Interchange

4.9
231 ratings
57 reviews
Course4

Developing Your Musicianship: Final Project

4.8
57 ratings
30 reviews

Instructor

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George W. Russell, Jr.

Professor
Harmony/Piano

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The whole specialization will take 18 weeks to complete. The breakdown is as follows:

    Developing Your Musicianship - 6 weeks

    Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys - 4 weeks

    Musicianship: Tensions, Harmonic Function, and Modal Interchange - 4 weeks

    Developing Your Musicianship Final Project - 4 weeks

    The specialization may be completed sooner or later than the recommended 18 weeks depending on your pace of learning.

  • While it would be helpful to have some familiarity with musical notation (such as the staff, note values and names, etc.) it is not required. Developing Your Musicianship I provides resources for students who are not familiar with musical notation at the start of the course.

  • Yes, we recommend taking them in order. Each course builds on the knowledge you learned in the last.

  • No. Berklee does not offer university credit for massive open online courses at this time.

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