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Intermediate Level

S​students should have experience writing songs and be aware of popular song forms

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3-5 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

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Intermediate Level

S​students should have experience writing songs and be aware of popular song forms

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Welcome to Arranging for Songwriters

6 readings, 1 quiz
6 readings
Welcome!10m
Meet Your Instructors: Bonnie Hayes10m
Meet Your Instructors: Sarah Brindell10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
1 hour to complete

New Ways of Listening

2 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Deciding What's Right for the Tune4m
4 readings
Critical Listening and Workflow10m
Horizontal Arrangement vs. Vertical Arrangement30m
Exercise: Diagramming Song Sections
How To Upload an .mp3 to the Discussion Forums10m
2 practice exercises
New Ways of Listening Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Create a Horizontal Arrangement of an Original Song
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Laying the Foundation

3 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Finding the Right Key10m
Vocals and Rhythm9m
4 readings
Choosing the Right Tempo10m
Example of a Popular Arrangement Style10m
Sign-up for the full experience!10m
How To Upload an .mp3 to the Discussion Forums10m
2 practice exercises
Laying the Foundation Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Create a Basic Track of an Original Song
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Finding the Groove

2 videos (Total 32 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
The Low End - Bass28m
2 readings
Basic Beat Subdivisions10m
Drumbeat Basics10m
2 practice exercises
Finding the Groove Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Add a Groove to Your Original Song
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Instrumentation and Vocals

5 videos (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Strings8m
Horn Arrangements21m
The Primacy of the Lead Vocal4m
Wrap-up1m
2 readings
General Mid-Range Arranging Tip10m
Are you looking more?10m
1 practice exercise
Instrumentation and Vocals Quiz10m

Instructors

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Sarah Brindell

Associate Professor
Songwriting
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Bonnie Hayes

Chair
Songwriting

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....

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