About this Specialization

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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.
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Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian...
Learner Career Outcomes
60%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
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, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian...

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Guitar for Beginners

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stars
1,618 ratings
450 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Singing Popular Music

Course3

Course 3

Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

4.8
stars
457 ratings
146 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Introduction to Ableton Live

4.8
stars
911 ratings
274 reviews

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  • 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.

  • E​ach course is 4 weeks long and there are 4 courses in the specialization. Students usually take 14-20 weeks to complete the specialization.

  • N​o previous background is necessary. All that is needed is a love of music and a desire to write, perform, and record original music.

  • I​t is not required that you complete the courses in a specific order, however we advise that you complete them in the recommended order.

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