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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Identify and practice using appropriate breathing technique while singing.

  • Identify and practice using your head voice, mix voice, and chest voice while singing.

  • Learn healthy ways to perform powerful singing/belting.

  • Incorporate improvisation techniques in your singing style.

Skills you will gain

Popular MusicBreathing TechniquesBeltingMusicSinging

Shareable Certificate

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Singing Popular Music!

1 hour to complete
5 readings
5 readings
Welcome!10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Submitting Your Projects10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
2 hours to complete

Vocal Styles and Tone Quality

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Focusing on Two Vowel Shapes3m
Breathing Techniques5m
Consonants4m
Legato, Staccato, and Vibrato3m
4 readings
How Vowel Shapes Affect Tone Quality10m
Altering Vowel Quality10m
The Anatomy of Breathing10m
Submitting Your Projects10m
2 practice exercises
Vocal Styles and Tone Quality20m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Practice Exercise Vowel Shapes6m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Mix Voice in Contemporary Singing

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 11 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
What is Mix Voice?1m
Practicing Mix Voice6m
Continuing to Identify Your Style2m
5 readings
What is Mix Voice?10m
Identifying Mix Voice10m
Practicing Mix Voice10m
Knowing When to Use Mix Voice10m
Identifying Your Style10m
2 practice exercises
Mix Voice in Contemporary Singing20m
SELF-ASSESSEMENT: Mix Voice Performance14m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Singing Powerful Styles

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 4 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Belting19s
Healthy Belting2m
What is Falsetto?42s
4 readings
What is Belting?15m
Vocal Anatomy of Belting10m
Practice Exercise: Neutral Singing Warm-up for Belting10m
Understanding Voice Registers10m
2 practice exercises
Singing Powerful Styles Healthfully20m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Using Powerful Singing Performance14m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Developing Your Sound: Style Awareness and Integration

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Selecting a Genre59s
How to Begin Improvising4m
Improvisation in Different Genres3m
Twist on a Cover4m
5 readings
Selecting a Genre10m
Improvisation in Different Genres10m
Improving Your Improvisation10m
The Value of a Cover Song10m
Making a Cover Song Your Own10m
1 practice exercise
Developing Your Sound20m

About the The Singer Songwriter Specialization

Do you have a song in your heart that you want to share it with others? In the Singer/Songwriter specialization, you will learn all the skills you need to write, perform, and record your own original music. You’ll begin by learning how to play the guitar to accompany yourself in Guitar for Beginners. You’ll learn how to play chords and scales, as well as strumming patterns and finger picking patterns. In Singing Popular Music, you’ll explore your voice and develop your own personal style. You’ll learn how to sing properly, mastering the correct techniques and breath support. From there, you’ll hone your writing craft, focusing on lyrics. You’ll learn about stressed and unstressed syllables, rhyme schemes, and lyrical phrasing.You’ll also record into a Digital Audio Workstation, focusing on Ableton Live and capturing both MIDI and real instruments into your DAW to record and share your ideas with the world....
The Singer Songwriter

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