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Intermediate Level

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Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Discuss why one musical recording is more compelling than another and identify the unique elements of the recording that contribute to it

  • Begin to assess and establish your identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer

  • Write and develop a compelling piece of music by utilizing various tools

  • Establish the sonic signature of your production by utilizing specific production techniques

Skills you will gain

Audio ProductionMusicMusic productionSongwritingMusic recording

Learner Career Outcomes

45%

started a new career after completing these courses

52%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Intermediate Level

There is no prior experience or knowledge required to enroll in this course.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to The Art of Music Production

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 1 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
4 readings
A Note From Stephen10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
3 hours to complete

Listening Like A Producer

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Why Do We Listen To Music?3m
Listening Emotionally vs. Listening Technically2m
Kinesthetic Observation - Emotional Cues4m
Elements of A Compelling Musical Recording4m
Letting Go Of Prejudice2m
1 reading
Elements of a Compelling Recording10m
2 practice exercises
Identifying Emotions2m
Listening Like a Producer22m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Identity, Vision, and Intention

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
Artist Comparison Exercise4m
Artist Identity Workshop3m
Producer Identity Workshop6m
What is your Artistic Intention?2m
Giving and Receiving Feedback3m
2 readings
Artist Identity Examples10m
What is Your Artistic Vision?10m
3 practice exercises
Defining Your Artist Identity2m
Defining Your Producer Identity2m
IVI22m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Strengthening Musical Productions: Tools & Strategies

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Form: The Structure of Your Song7m
5 Tools for Writing Better Lyrics9m
Crafting Better Melodies4m
Repetition3m
Arranging - Rule of Threes5m
Studio Performance2m
Programmed Tracks5m
Singers: Virtuoso vs. Vibe3m
Producing Vocals4m
1 reading
Song Form10m
2 practice exercises
Arranging - The Rule of Threes2m
Tools & Strategies22m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Defining the Sonic Signature of your Song

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Single-Source Recording5m
Multi-Track Recording5m
Sound Absorbtion vs. Sound Proofing2m
Acoustic Spaces & Mic Placement5m
Microphone Types and Pick Up Patterns8m
Layering7m
Guitar Micing Clinic3m
Application of Technology to Art5m
Where To Go From Here48s
1 reading
Microphone Types and Pick Up Patterns10m
1 practice exercise
The Sonic Signature22m

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • Absolutely. You will be writing new pieces and making new recordings that will incorporate specific elements in order to learn new skills. The assignments in this course require you to submit your own, original work.

  • During the course, you will be asked to submit recorded examples of your song ideas. You may also use your smartphone or tablet. You may also use your computer's built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity, that will allow you to record yourself and save the recording in MP3 format.

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