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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Learners should complete the three courses in Berklee's Developing Your Musicianship specialization before enrolling in this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Compose an AABA style song

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    Practice and perform your composition on your instrument

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    Create a simple recording of you performing your composition

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    Develop your ear by identify intervals, chords, and chord progressions

Skills you will gain

Music notationMusic compositionPiano
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Learners should complete the three courses in Berklee's Developing Your Musicianship specialization before enrolling in this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the Developing Your Musicianship Capstone!

Welcome to the final project course for the Developing Your Musicianship Specialization! In this module, we will cover all the details about how this course works and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your course experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading4 readings
A Note From Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Compose The First A Section

This week, we will work on composing and performing the first A section for our project. We will also do a short review of the popular chord progressions we learned about throughout this specialization. If you need help or feel stumped, reach out to your classmates for help!...
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Reading1 reading
Popular Chord Progressions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Ear Training Practice30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Compose The Second A Section

This week, we will work on composing and performing the second A section for our project. Remember, your classmates are a great resource. If you need help, check out the forums or connect on the Facebook group!...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 2 quizzes
Quiz1 practice exercise
Ear Training Practice30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Compose The B Section

This week, we will work on composing and performing the B section for our project. We will be modulating from the original key in the B section, so this week may be a little complicated. If you need help, ask your classmates for their advice....
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading1 reading
B Section Chord Progression Options10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Compose The Last A Section and a Melody

For the final week, we will work on composing and performing the final A section for our project. If you need help or feel stumped, reach out to your classmates for help!...
Reading
2 videos (Total 10 min), 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Congratulations!m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Identify Intervals, Chords, and Progressions30m
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Top Reviews

By RBJul 2nd 2018

Again, I really enjoyed taking this course and the final project taught me a lot about my own abilities in writing. I intend to continue unabated with my writing. Thanks for making it so enjoyable.

By RHMar 11th 2017

outstanding -- loved every minute of it! George is an amazing teacher and enjoyed watching his videos and learning from him. I am now applying everything I learned in his course to my own music!

Instructor

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George W. Russell, Jr.

Professor
Harmony/Piano

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

About the Developing Your Musicianship Specialization

Nurture your love for, and understanding of, music with this specialization. Learn the fundamentals of music theory, including major and minor tonalities, chord scales, song forms, and chord qualities. You’ll also practice training your ear to hear and recognize various intervals, chord progressions, and chord qualities. For the Capstone project, you will directly apply the knowledge you’ve gained to write and perform a short musical composition. This specialization begins with the basics of music and builds to more advanced concepts, providing you the knowledge you need to improve your skills as a musician....
Developing Your Musicianship

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