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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Singing Popular Music by Berklee

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About the Course

You've been studying the greats, working on improving your vocal skills, and building vocal technique. Now it's time to take the next step in your singing career to shine as a vocalist. Singing Popular Music provides you with the essential skills to define your own unique vocal style and sing healthfully. The course begins with devices to support and alter your sound including vowel quality, tone production, and breathing techniques. From there, you will learn how to use techniques like mix voice and belting in contemporary singing styles. Then you'll take a cover song and make it your own. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to confidently and healthfully sing in your desired vocal style as well as understand how you can alter your singing to match other contemporary styles....

Top reviews


Mar 30, 2021

Very clear and entertaining course where the very lively Instructor takes us on a beautiful vocal journey. The course content is great and I learn lots of things. Thank you, it was amazing.


Oct 18, 2020

That was Awesome Course with Great Teacher. Learned So Many Techniques for Vocal Practice and Using Vocal at right place. Thank You Coursera and Berklee College of Music

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By Stephanie M

Jul 11, 2020

The course's feedback is exclusively dependent on peer review. Unfortunately in this case there were some consistent problems with that - peers just didn't do it; they didn't follow the rubric in giving feedback; or they were too simplistic in feedback, e.g. "good job." As a result it was impossible to create building blocks of learning or develop your singing voice beyond what you started with. Finally, the instructor's choice of music was boring, uninspiring and unfamiliar.

By Leewyn J

Jul 12, 2021

The videos lack depth: the instructor tends to speed through many key topics without giving proper definitions and examples. A good example is the Week 3 video explaining 'falsetto': it was 42 seconds long, and the definition given likened falsetto to the whistle register. This is not the widely accepted definition of these key terms and will only lead to confusion. Same goes for the video on 'belting', which has a whopping running time of 19 seconds. To sum things up: Week 1 contains 4 video lessons, with a total of 15 mins; Week 2 has 3 videos, total of 9 mins; Week 3 has 3 videos, total of 3 mins; Week 4 has 4 videos, total of 12 mins. That's 39 mins of video content for the entire course - certainly not worth it in my view. The videos are interspersed with reading content, but also quite poor in proper theory, and not a large amount of content overall. After going through the first 2 weeks of content and some of week 3, I gave up because I felt like I wasn't gaining anything useful.

By Richard S

Jun 24, 2020

Only 1 star I'm afraid. I felt the teacher was going through the motions, and very much a singer of a certain style which did not chime with me. The course content was at times muddy and not constructively put together. The choice of sample songs to work on was limited and repeated each week. The final week did not require singing to be assessed. I came out of it with very little new information and no new abilities or confidence.

By Ankeeta M

Jul 17, 2020

The teacher is awesome. The course is awesome...You go through the guidelines given by the teacher , as well as the the anatomical knowledge supports your knowledge about you own voice.

And the cherry on the cake part is the that you have to sing the songs and record and post.

Peer reviews are considered and they support you a lot .

By Jericho A

Nov 11, 2020

The course is very helpful for beginners who is only starting to get to know the basic of singing

By Sheryl C R

Jul 26, 2020

This course was helpful in learning how to improve my vocals.

By Ila J C

Jun 30, 2020

got a chance to receive a cert from Berklee! so happy!

By Rya S

Jul 11, 2020

This course was very helpful in explaining the physical aspects in singing and I appreciate that. I however think that it was a little fast paced and I sort of wish that things were tackled a little more slowly through video lectures.

This course still managed to teach me a lot and to inspire me to further improve on my vocals with more studies

By Sihara J

Mar 30, 2021

Very clear and entertaining course where the very lively Instructor takes us on a beautiful vocal journey. The course content is great and I learn lots of things. Thank you, it was amazing.

By Kanwal S

Oct 19, 2020

That was Awesome Course with Great Teacher. Learned So Many Techniques for Vocal Practice and Using Vocal at right place. Thank You Coursera and Berklee College of Music


Oct 30, 2020

Creo que la profesora es excelente, muy clara y precisa en sus explicaciones. Aprendí mucho con su curso. Me despido muy agradecida de Jeannie Gagne y de Coursera.


Sep 6, 2020

Este curso da mucho material para poder desarrollar las habilidades en canto, e inclusive te ayuda a mejorar y adaptarte a nuevas técnicas.

By Salvador G D

Aug 20, 2020

Completely awesome, i've learn a lot of tools and made my self conscious of my knowledge. Excellent teacher

By Shaina B

Nov 21, 2020

It was very instructive and fun.I've learned a lot of things that will help me growth as a singer.

By Betty D V G

Nov 22, 2020

I learned fundamental things I had never considered before that are essential to sing adequately.

By Steven N

Oct 28, 2020

excellent course learn more about the new techniques you can implement in singing.

By Komal G

Sep 27, 2020


By Luísa C d F

Dec 23, 2020

It was really great to take this course. I could learn a lot. Maybe some points weren't deeply discussed, but it is a short-lenght course, so I think it was a nice overview. As someone who already had some practice I could learn new things and get a glimpse of techniques I can further develop. I think it might be a little too much for someone who never had any practice at all, the exercises are pretty challanging. I was surprised that the final assessment didn't asked us to send our cover version in the end, it just focuses the process of a cover song, which is also interesting. I reccomend this course, but maybe not for someone who never sang at all.

By Jeff P

Mar 22, 2021

A "curate's egg" of a course. Good in parts but... The lecturer herself is obviously a capable singer, but trying to translate that across to helping you develop your own skills via an online course doesn't quite work. Many times you get told to find your own style but then get forced into singing something which is nothing like your style. As a male singer, much of the material also didn't fit my range. It is also very strange in that the final assignment on which is nearly 40% of you weighted mark comes down to how well you write and others interpret that rather than on any ability to sing or not. If I had paid for this as a separate course I would have asked for my money back.

By Diana

Apr 12, 2021

The course was really good. I think it covers really important and fundamental topics. However, my issue is with the way you get a review.

First, sometimes people don't get a review, so they get a stuck in the course and can't end it. Second, talking about my experience of getting a review in this course with the final project: My first review was an awful experience because the person who was supposed to review me scored everything in the process with 2 points and the only feedback I received was "the link was broken so I couldn't listen to your cover" but I checked the link, and it was working perfectly and on top of that, there was 1 view from them, I know it because it was in a private link and it was the only view in the date that they reviewed me. This person didn't say anything for the actual process, which I wrote carefully, so it was really unfair, so I had to send my project to get a review again. Fortunately the second review I got was good, and really took into account the process of making the cover.

By Jennifer C

Apr 30, 2021

I really loved and enjoyed this course! It gives you the most important you need to master your voice, it is very interesting and inspiring, I learned a lot about improvisation and new music that is wonderful!

By Sirinissara W

Oct 23, 2022

The professor gave us a great information for singer should know and in Thailand less teacher will tell us about this, this was such a great things in my life.

By oa m

Jul 12, 2022

El mejor curso de canto que he visto en mi vida. Va desde los elementos más básicos hasta tocar cosas avanzadas en solo un mes.

By Cameron G

Jun 30, 2021

I had so much fun taking this course! I learned so much about the voice and singing!!!


Apr 24, 2022

It was a good experience and i also learnt many new things Thankyou:)