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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 Gustavo L

Jul 31, 2019

This is basic information but its well presented and easy to understand. Thx :)

By Venu V

Sep 5, 2017

The course was very entertaining and encouraged me to learn in fun environment.

By Zully Y d l R G

Sep 2, 2020

Excelente curso. Aprendí a tocar la progresión del blues y a componer un riff.

By Ridima S

Aug 9, 2020

Professor George is one of the most encouraging-understandable art professors.

By Jessica F P

May 30, 2016

I can already feel the revival of this course. This is going to change lives!

By Nathan H

Nov 27, 2020

So helpful and so much fun! Professor Russell is extremely good at teaching.

By Chikezie M N

Jun 21, 2020

A great class to take if you haven't looked at muscial theory for some time.

By Shaurya V

Nov 26, 2018

Love the teaching and the subject. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

By Ivan K

May 28, 2021

E​xcellent course to arrange your musical basics and start building on top.

By Jonah A

Mar 20, 2018

Learned a lot. It's good for beginners who want to know about music theory.

By Xavier J

Oct 5, 2017

Really enjoying the varied interaction vs ONLY watching a bunch of videos.

By Oscar R

Feb 22, 2017

Excelent material... great videos, great motivation and a great teacher!!!

By sebastian f

Mar 20, 2021

excelente curso, muchas gracias por el apoyo económico para poder hacerlo

By Isaac L

May 12, 2020

Muy buen profesor; sus clases fueron muy prácticas y se explica muy bien.

By Alejandro S M

Sep 1, 2016

Very motivating and easy to follow. I enjoyed every lesson of the course.

By Daniela C C

Sep 14, 2020

The instructor explains the topics very well, it is an excellent course.

By Kristy H

May 8, 2020

Super fun introductory course to music. I enjoy the teachers enthusiasm.

By Yiyi W

Nov 2, 2016

absolutely amazing and i am soooo glad that i have chose to learn this!!

By Alyson L

Jun 28, 2019

Fantastic! Such a comprehensive introduction. I can't wait to do more.

By Hector B

Sep 14, 2020

I learn a lot of new stuff that allows me to understand music better.

By Mahoor P

Jun 26, 2020

Great course with one of the best music theory teachers in the world.

By Andrés F M R

Apr 3, 2020

It was a great experience. Congratulations to Berklee team for this.


Aug 4, 2020

I am so happy i enrolled into this course. It has really helped me.

By John C

Jan 21, 2019

Somewhat remedial but a great course. The instructor is incredible!

By Jerry F

May 17, 2020

A pleasure to learn with Happy George, he is a great instructor!