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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Developing Your Musicianship by Berklee College of Music

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389 reviews

About the Course

Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student. The course will teach you the major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and how they are constructed. You will learn what intervals are, how to sing them, and how to find them in music. The course explores tonal centers and how to find the key a song is in, in addition to common time signatures such as 4/4 and 3/4. You will learn how to build chords—major and minor triads, and major and dominant seventh chords—and how to build a common chord progression—the I IV V. You will also learn how to recognize the blues and AABA song forms, and write a basic chord sheet to express your song ideas. In addition to the video lectures, each lesson features Berklee student performances and interviews. The students share their musical journey and offer advice for those wanting to study music. The course culminates with an assignment that asks you to compose and perform a riff blues tune using the minor pentatonic scale. Above all, the course is designed to share the joy of creating music and sharing it with others. Samy Elgazzar, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a successful composer, will be your Teaching Assistant (TA) for the course....

Top reviews


May 20, 2021

This course is a incredible one to kick start as a musician , it allows one to grow and learn basic musical chords and notes, it gave me deep knowledge about the harmony, ear training and song form.


May 30, 2021

Wonderful course! The instructor is great and the lessons are very well planned and with attainable learning goals. So much fun! I loved it so much I enrolled in the 4-course Specialization.

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By Nathaniel B

Jun 8, 2019

I had fun and i enjoyed my practice. Great teacher!

By Alejandro P M

Jan 4, 2019

Awesome! A great way to improve your musical skills

By Julianna A

Sep 30, 2020

Great professor! Very engaging & easy to follow :)

By Md M H S

May 24, 2020

Very good course . I have learned many of things .

By Dr. K N S

Jun 4, 2020

Excellent course and excellent mentor as well ...

By Gayoung ( P

Mar 30, 2020

I really like the instructor and overall course!

By Hanna J A P

Aug 7, 2018

Fun course, great instructor and clear content!

By Felix M

Mar 16, 2021


By Mihail M

May 14, 2017

A practical approach to studying music theory.

By 祖安在韓國Joann i K

Dec 26, 2016

it is so good, so interesting, so informative!

By Deleted A

Oct 2, 2016

One, flat three, four - five, flat seven, one!

By Daniel W

Nov 15, 2018

Great class, great students and a great time.

By Josip G

Dec 25, 2017

Great course, great instructor, just amazing!

By Matias L

Sep 4, 2017

Great course! Keep it learning in this level!


Dec 24, 2018

very good teaching technique and fun lessons

By Verona P

Feb 18, 2022


By Cynthia N M

Dec 24, 2020

I enjoyed this class. It was simple and fun

By Yannick H

Nov 16, 2019

Awesome Course! Sympathic guy on the piano!

By Angelo M

Jun 18, 2021

So excellent! tks for this type of courses

By Jordan J E

Sep 15, 2020

Very thorough course if i am being honest.

By Areeb K

Sep 24, 2020

It was fun going this and learn so much .

By Odysseas T

May 15, 2017

Amazing teacher and really useful course!

By Abel

May 5, 2020

Excellent.Fun Classes.Clear explanations

By Huzaifa e

Dec 13, 2019

An excellent start anybody get ever get.

By Sergey R

Oct 12, 2019

Great motivational course for beginners!