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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 06, 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 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 Enrico I

Mar 06, 2019

engaging and easy to follow

By Rai S S

Jan 11, 2019

Amazing method... Thanks!!!

By Nikki A

May 07, 2018

Great course to begin with!

By Archisha B

Aug 05, 2020

It was a great experience!

By P V

Jul 22, 2020

The course is wonderful!!!

By henry j c g

Sep 30, 2019

excelente el profe george.

By Fernando C G d C

Nov 06, 2017


By Camilo A C P

Aug 23, 2016

Great Teacher and Pianist!

By Rashmita S

Jun 06, 2020

It was an amazing session

By Rhenius T

Jul 05, 2020

nice i have learned alot

By Owens H

May 04, 2020

Very good online course!

By Arthur S d M

Jun 12, 2019

Amazing!!!! I love it!!!

By gaurav t

Oct 08, 2017





Music Tutor, Thanks.

By Ronaldo R

Dec 26, 2016

This is a great course.

By Hamidreza H O

Mar 24, 2019

Thanks for everything.

By Caron Y

Mar 07, 2017

Excellent. thank you.

By Varghese G

Jun 03, 2020

Great for beginners!

By David A P C

May 27, 2020

I loved this course!

By María J C B

Jan 26, 2018

I loved this course!