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

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356 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

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 5, 2020

This course has been extremely helpful for me to get started on learning music theory. The course material is top quality (video, study guides, assignments etc.) Highly recommended!

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By Andrei P T

Jul 16, 2020

Un muy buen curso impartido de una forma impecable por un excelente maestro. ¡Muy recomendable!

By Emir B

Apr 6, 2018

Our teacher George is really positive teacher and motivating. Makes lesson really fun to learn.

By José W R d S

Jun 14, 2016


Ainda estou no início das aulas, mas já posso perceber que serão muito interessantes.

By Caroline L

May 20, 2020

Vraiment excellent, excellent enseignant, motivant et passionné. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce cours.

By Christian S

Jan 2, 2021

Great explanation from each topic. Kind comunity to review an get in contact with the peers.

By Haya E C D

Aug 23, 2020

I loved the way the instructor explained everything, it was very clear and I really had fun.

By Pavan B B

Aug 2, 2020

The perfect course for beginners. If you want to learn music you've come to the right place.

By Dennis S

Jun 12, 2020

I really learned a lot. This was an important foundation step for me for further development

By Michael P M

Jan 7, 2019

The best course for all the new musician in the world!

Thank you so much Coursera and Berklee

By Jaclyn B

Jul 24, 2017

Moves along quick, but covers topics very well. Instructor is fantastic. Highly recommend!!

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 刘飞

Dec 20, 2020

I do study a lot from this course, not only the knowlege, but the mandatory fun.

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