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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 14, 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 04, 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 Sergey R

Oct 12, 2019

Great motivational course for beginners!

By Janet D

May 11, 2018

Really enjoyed it did not think i'd pass

By Gabriel M P

Sep 05, 2017

Amazing contents!!! I really Loved it!!!

By Dae-Young, K

Aug 29, 2017

It was basic, essential study for music.

By Santiago

Apr 21, 2017

Excelent! Really learnt a lot, thanks :D

By Rahul R

Nov 06, 2016

The best teacher I've seen for music. :)

By Gabriel d V

Aug 02, 2020

Great first aproach to the music theory

By Curtis M

Jun 07, 2020

Very Interactive and I learned so much!

By Carlos C

Apr 16, 2020

Beautiful experience and fun professor.

By Sakda S

Dec 11, 2016

Very good for beginner. I learn a lot.

By khush

Oct 29, 2018

The best music course available......

By Santiago Q

Jun 10, 2020

no es para mi, BUSCO UNO DE GUITARRA

By John f

Oct 25, 2020

George Russell is a great teacher.

By Αλέκος Κ

Sep 18, 2020

exellant course. Very good teacher

By Sarah B

Jul 26, 2020

Awesome Teacher!!! great class!!!!

By jhon e m o

Aug 09, 2020

Very clear, and incredibly useful

By Siddharth S

Sep 07, 2018

Forever Grateful for this course!

By Monica E R D

Oct 29, 2020

I've learned so much! Thank you!

By Long Z

Feb 05, 2018

nice and welcoming instructor!!

By Andrea L

Jan 09, 2017

Exactly what i was looking for

By Diego M L R

Aug 28, 2020

George is an amazing teacher.

By Mireya F C

May 05, 2019

great! avery useful course!!!

By Gabriela P d S

Sep 15, 2020

Awesome course! I recommend.

By Katherine A

Jul 10, 2018

Fun teacher and easy to use!

By María F R G

Oct 08, 2020

Teacher George is the best!