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Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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

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

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

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

Skills you will gain

Audio ProductionMusicMusic productionSongwritingMusic recording
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-4 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 Art of Music Production

Welcome to The Art of Music Production! Before you begin the course, we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading4 readings
A Note From Stephen10m
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

Listening Like A Producer

By the end of this lesson, you’ll understand the concepts of listening to music emotionally and technically. Strategies for maintaining objectivity and using kinesthetic observations to discover musical effectiveness will be internalized. You’ll train yourself to make distinctions on what works and what doesn’t work, rather than just passively listening as a fan....
Reading
6 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video6 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
Reading1 reading
Elements of a Compelling Recording10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Identifying Emotions2m
Listening Like a Producer22m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Identity, Vision, and Intention

In this lesson, you’ll hone in on your identity as a recording artist: who are you, and what are you meaning to convey through your music? You’ll work on refining your vision and intention for the recordings you’ll make employing these skills, and record and post a “work tape” of a new piece of music. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video6 videos
Artist Comparison Exercise4m
Artist Identity Workshop3m
Producer Identity Workshop6m
What is your Artistic Intention?2m
Giving and Receiving Feedback3m
Reading2 readings
Artist Identity Examples10m
What is Your Artistic Vision?10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Defining Your Artist Identity2m
Defining Your Producer Identity2m
IVI22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Strengthening Musical Productions: Tools & Strategies

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to employ several useful techniques for strengthening your songs and instrumental tracks. You’ll acquire skills in prosody, focus, and an intelligent approach to repetition. You’ll also learn to craft better melodies, write better lyrics, and construct a musical form that best suits the emotional contour you are trying to accomplish with your recording. You’ll understand the principles of getting the most out of feedback on your recordings, in order to gather valuable perspective to better convey your intended response. You’ll incorporate notes from your colleagues to further refine your recording and re-post an updated version....
Reading
10 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video10 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
Reading1 reading
Song Form10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Arranging - The Rule of Threes2m
Tools & Strategies22m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Defining the Sonic Signature of your Song

By the end of this lesson, you will address the sonic signature as it relates to your intention and vision, as well as your technology resources and acoustic space. You’ll learn about microphone techniques, getting good levels, and mixing with reverb, EQ and compression. You will record your material, having made some deliberate decisions about the sound of your record, and post your recording for peer review according to specific criteria. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video10 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 Herem
Reading1 reading
Microphone Types and Pick Up Patterns10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Sonic Signature22m
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Top Reviews

By LRSep 26th 2016

Exceptional and essential guide for music producers. This course really makes you think of music production from a holistic perspective. I'll never listen to music the same superficial way anymore...

By BDAug 22nd 2018

Really enjoyed this and got a lot out of it.\n\nGreat curriculum, great delivery. Meaningful assignments, great community. Highly recommend if you want to reflect on and hone your artistic vision.

Instructor

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Stephen Webber

Director of Music Production, Technology and Innovation
Berklee

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 Music Production Specialization

This Specialization will give you the knowledge and tools you need to record and produce professional sounding music. You will begin by developing your identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer. Next, you will learn the technical aspects of music production, including how sound is translated into audio signals, recording techniques, and effects such as reverb, delay, and compression. You will also learn how to use the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation, Pro Tools, to create professional recordings. Finally, you will apply the knowledge and tools you gained in a culminating 4-week Capstone where you will complete a project beginning at the pre-production stage through the recording, mixing, and mastering stages....
Music Production

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.

  • 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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