About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
14%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Lithuanian, Catalan, German...
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
14%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Lithuanian, Catalan, German...

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Developing Your Musicianship

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723 ratings
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Course2

Course 2

Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys

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358 ratings
89 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Musicianship: Tensions, Harmonic Function, and Modal Interchange

4.8
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276 ratings
71 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Developing Your Musicianship: Final Project

4.8
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73 ratings
37 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The whole specialization will take 18 weeks to complete. The breakdown is as follows:

    Developing Your Musicianship - 6 weeks

    Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys - 4 weeks

    Musicianship: Tensions, Harmonic Function, and Modal Interchange - 4 weeks

    Developing Your Musicianship Final Project - 4 weeks

    The specialization may be completed sooner or later than the recommended 18 weeks depending on your pace of learning.

  • While it would be helpful to have some familiarity with musical notation (such as the staff, note values and names, etc.) it is not required. Developing Your Musicianship I provides resources for students who are not familiar with musical notation at the start of the course.

  • Yes, we recommend taking them in order. Each course builds on the knowledge you learned in the last.

  • No. Berklee does not offer university credit for massive open online courses at this time.

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