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Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

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

What you will learn

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    Construct, sing and play scales such as the major scale and the minor pentatonic scale.

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    Aurally identify major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, major 6th, and major 7th intervals

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    Construct and play triads and 7th chords

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    Compose a I-IV-V chord progression in the key of C Major and create a chord chart

Skills you will gain

Aurally identify chordsPianoRead lead sheetsAurally identify musical intervalsRead music notation
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

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

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Developing Your Musicianship

Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading5 readings
A Note From Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Getting To Know You10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

The Major Scale

This week, you'll learn about harmony and ear training and why they are important. You'll learn how to construct a major scale, how to identify and sing Major 2nd and Major 3rd intervals, and how to find the tonal center of a song....
Reading
9 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Important Definitions4m
Structure of the Major Scale4m
Sharps and Flats1m
Major 2nd and 3rd Intervals4m
Major 2nd and Major 3rd Interval Practice1m
Tonal Center7m
Berklee Student Performance: Boston Marathon, "I Don't Have a Song for That"5m
Lesson Review and Assignment Overview2m
Reading1 reading
Write the C Major Scale10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
The Major Scale26m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Write The C Major Scale10m
PARTICIPATION: Find and Share a Song in C Major2m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Major and Minor Triads

This week, you'll learn how to identify Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th intervals and how to build major and minor triads. You will also learn about one of the most common chord progressions: the I IV V. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Review2m
Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th Intervals5m
Interval Practice: Major 2nds, Major 3rds, Perfect 4ths, and Perfect 5ths4m
Building Major and Minor Triads8m
I IV V Chord Progression5m
Berklee Student Performance: "Najat 1958"9m
Lesson Review and Assignment Overview4m
Reading2 readings
Weekly Practice10m
Writing and Practicing Major Triads10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Major and Minor Triads30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Writing and Practicing Major Triads12m
PARTICIPATION: Writing Major Chords4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Minor Pentatonic Scale

This week, you will learn how to identify Major 6th and Major 7th intervals. You will also learn how to build and sing the Minor Pentatonic Scale. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Review5m
Major 6th and Major 7th Intervals4m
Building and Singing the Minor Pentatonic Scale9m
Berklee Student Performance Spotlight: "Work In Progress"3m
Lesson Review and Assignment Overview2m
Reading2 readings
Weekly Practice10m
Identifying Intervals10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Minor Pentatonic Scale30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Identifying Intervals6m
PARTICIPATION: Identifying Intervals4m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Major and Dominant Seventh Chords

This week, you'll learn how to build Major and Dominant Seventh chords. You will also learn another common chord progression: the Blues Progression. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Review3m
7th Chords4m
Dominant 7th Chords and Blues Progression13m
7th Chords Practice3m
Berklee Student Performance: "New Kind Of Dirty"4m
Lesson Review and Assignment Overview3m
Reading2 readings
Weekly Practice10m
Identifying the Blues Progression10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Major and Dominant Seventh Chords30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Identifying the Blues Progression6m
PARTICIPATION: Identifying the Blues Form4m
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Top Reviews

By SGJul 4th 2017

Very educational for both the unexperienced people who has never played an instrument and the musicians that learned how to play by ear and want to expand their musical vocabulary.

By AGSep 5th 2016

This is a really great course. It's broadened my scope of music a lot. I never use to think much of Jazz and Blues, but I've really got an appreciation for it now. :)

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....

About the Developing Your Musicianship Specialization

Nurture your love for, and understanding of, music with this specialization. Learn the fundamentals of music theory, including major and minor tonalities, chord scales, song forms, and chord qualities. You’ll also practice training your ear to hear and recognize various intervals, chord progressions, and chord qualities. For the Capstone project, you will directly apply the knowledge you’ve gained to write and perform a short musical composition. This specialization begins with the basics of music and builds to more advanced concepts, providing you the knowledge you need to improve your skills as a musician....
Developing Your Musicianship

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