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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 MayTweTarMyintAung

Oct 25, 2020

It was great and fun

By Varghese G

Jun 3, 2020

Great for beginners!

By David A P C

May 27, 2020

I loved this course!

By María J C B

Jan 25, 2018

I loved this course!

By Jenalyn L

Dec 13, 2020

Such a fun course!

By Xingchun W

Oct 14, 2017

very great course!

By Mauricio M P R

Oct 1, 2020

completo material

By Carlos R F

Aug 2, 2020

Valuable content!

By David S

Jul 17, 2020

I love everything

By Christina B

Jun 3, 2019

Learned so much!!

By Magda A

Oct 31, 2017

Excelente maestro

By Georgian P

Feb 15, 2017

Excellent course!

By Carlos L

Jul 25, 2021

I learned a lot!

By Ben

Aug 18, 2020

Learned so much!

By Felipe A A d S

Dec 28, 2019

Amazing content!

By Sultan

Jun 2, 2020

Amazing course.

By Akhil18 V

Jul 13, 2019

good course..!!

By Saray C A R

Jul 31, 2020

all is amazing

By Gabriella S

Jul 28, 2020

Great teacher!

By EmmAnueL A

Jul 11, 2020


By luuk s

Apr 6, 2019

simply amazing

By Raúl Y

Jan 31, 2017

Great Course!!

By Dalila R

Nov 26, 2016

Perfect course

By Jason B

Feb 1, 2021

Great course.

By Gabriela M

Dec 18, 2020

Good teacher!