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

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390 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 Jerry F

May 17, 2020

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

By Michelle A

Aug 4, 2016

Great course, the teacher made every lesson fun and interesting.

By Udit G

Jun 2, 2020

Very good course, neatly structured material and great teacher.

By Dmitri B

Dec 13, 2019

Fantastic teacher and a great course! George, you are a star!!

By Ash L

Jan 13, 2019

Wonderful course! I learned a lot and the instructor is great!

By Jaehwi C

Oct 21, 2017

Great course for beginner jazz musician and singer-songwriter.

By Nicolás R M

May 12, 2020

A great way to learn music!!! love it!!! the best teacher!!!

By Zeping Z

Sep 8, 2017

Simply Amazing, makes music theory easy, relate-able and fun

By Miguel H

Sep 16, 2020

I loved it! I will never forget 1 Flat-3 4 - 5 Flat-7 1

By Mạnh Đ C

May 10, 2021

Helps me kickstart my musical adventure. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

By Marcos S V

Sep 16, 2018

Pude practicar y fijar conceptos que no tenía muy claros.

By Jamzich L D H Z

Mar 14, 2017


By Pascal P

Apr 12, 2020

I liked that the course was very practical and hands on.

By Audrey D

Feb 3, 2019

Fantastic course! Both full of sound learning and fun :)

By Leticia S M

Jul 13, 2017

I loved it, and the professor was absolutely delightful.

By Ani V

Aug 27, 2020

Great course, amazing teacher, very helpful. Thank you!

By Antonio N

Nov 11, 2019

Thank you very much to Professor George W. Russell, Jr.

By Julien A

Dec 14, 2020

Fantastic Course but made easier by a Fantastic Tutor.

By Алена Т

Sep 26, 2018

It's very interesting and informative course! Amazing!

By Jerome B

Dec 14, 2017

This advertisement for Berkley Online is incredible ;)

By Yevgeniy L

Feb 20, 2017

Great for the very start in music theory and practice.

By nyakotey n

Apr 6, 2021

Very good for both beginners and intermediate players


Sep 15, 2020

Loved the 12 Bar Blues Chord pattern in this course !

By Andersonn P

May 4, 2018

The instructor is a wizard haha I enjoyed very much.

By Ca

Jan 12, 2018

nice course which helps me build up the fundamentals