Berklee
The Singer Songwriter Specialization
Berklee

The Singer Songwriter Specialization

Write, perform, and record original music. Learn how to transform your ideas and emotions into songs that are uniquely you

Erin Barra
Thaddeus Hogarth
Pat Pattison

Instructors: Erin Barra

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What you'll learn

  • The basics of playing the guitar, including chords, scales, strumming and picking patterns.

  • How to sing in your preferred genre and style healthfully, using proper breathing and vocal techniques.

  • Basic songwriting tools and techniques to augment your songwriting.

  • How to record, edit, and mix music productions that include MIDI and audio to create professional sounding recordings of your music.

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Specialization - 4 course series

Guitar for Beginners

Course 122 hours4.8 (2,240 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Identify string names and numbers and read music notation, tablature, chord block diagrams, and fretboard maps

  • Practice picking, finger picking, and strumming patterns

  • Play various chords including major and minor triads, open, barre, and pose chords

  • Read and play a lead sheet

Skills you'll gain

Category: Guitar
Category: Guitar scales
Category: Music notation
Category: Tablature
Category: Guitar chords

Singing Popular Music

Course 210 hours4.5 (158 ratings)

What you'll 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'll gain

Category: Popular Music
Category: Music
Category: Singing
Category: Belting
Category: Breathing Techniques

Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

Course 315 hours4.8 (859 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Define and identify the point of view, form, and the "who, what, where, when, and how" in a song

  • Identify whether a lyric is stable or unstable through the use of line lengths, number of lines, stressed and unstressed syllables, and melody

  • Utilize the various rhyming techniques to evoke specific emotions in a song and define the difference between Assonance and Consonance rhyme

  • Use phrasing to clarify your ideas

Skills you'll gain

Category: Music
Category: Songwriting
Category: Music recording
Category: Poetry

Introduction to Ableton Live

Course 413 hours4.8 (1,102 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Navigate Ableton Live

  • Program MIDI drums and instruments

  • Record and edit audio, including working with preexisting audio loops

  • Create a piece of music using MIDI and audio within Ableton Live

Skills you'll gain

Category: MIDI programming
Category: File Management
Category: Audio Recording
Category: Ableton
Category: Music Making

Instructors

Erin Barra
Berklee
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