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

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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

Apr 13, 2020

Hands down the best music theory course I've ever taken. I had trouble with understanding theory in the past, but this course has made it so incredibly easy. I'm so happy with the results!

Jul 3, 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.

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By Pablo A B

Oct 4, 2020

I think it's a very good option for all the people that are beginning in the music world

By Heather K

May 20, 2019

Great refresher for me as a classical student on modern music basics, highly recommended

By Heather S

Jun 19, 2017

This was a brilliant course with very clearly explained and interesting course material.

By Pedro A R A

Jan 27, 2017

Gracias Berklee cuando mi álbum salga sabré que ustedes me ayudaron a quitarme el miedo.

By cancer

Jan 18, 2020

good for someone don't know about music and someone who can play instrument on they own

By Tanja G

May 13, 2017

This course is even better than the 1st one in this specialization! I've learned a lot!

By Mark A F

Feb 6, 2017

Thank you very much for the very enjoyable and very educational experience. I Love it!

By Douglas S

Jul 1, 2020

great introduction to music and starting on piano

both of which were totally new to me

By Bruno O H

Nov 3, 2020

The teacher was great! The assignment was tedious, having to write by hand and scan.

By Mixi Z

May 15, 2020

amazing instructor! started with simple concepts and expand to a whole new level :D

By Steven J

Sep 18, 2017

Great course for beginners and those who want to refresh their musical knowledge...

By Ruben J G C

Sep 10, 2020


By Chris B

Apr 14, 2019

Excellent course for anyone interested in better understanding music principles.

By Omar E C O

Nov 7, 2018

Very well structured and the content is different compared to the common courses

By Gustavo D 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 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!!!