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Berklee College of Music

Music Education for Teachers

Berklee College of Music via Coursera Specialization


In the Music Education for Teachers specialization, you will explore ways of integrating popular music into your teaching. You'll begin by learning from two highly experienced teachers, Krystal Banfield, the Vice President of Educational Outreach for Berklee College of Music, and David Alexis a Berklee Professor and long-time instructor for the Berklee City Music Program. They will take you through their process of incorporating popular music, improvisation, arranging, and music technology into the classroom while still fulfilling the common core learning standards. You'll continue with a deeper dive into these topics that will help you build your popular music curriculum. In Jazz Improvisation taught by Grammy-winning Gary Burton, you'll learn how to use improvisation as language and story-telling. You'll also learn how to use a variety of chord scales, modes, and improv techniques. Next, in Arranging for Songwriters taught by renown Berklee faculty Bonnie Hayes and Sarah Brindell, you'll learn how to create arrangements of songs. Finally, in The Art of Music Production, taught by producer Stephen Webber, you'll learn how to begin to record music in a meaningful, yet approachable way. This specialization will give you the tools you'll need to develop effective, relevant, and compelling lessons for your classroom, online learning space, or private lesson instruction.


Course 1: Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom
- Offered by Berklee College of Music. Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom explores approaches to teaching popular music from culturally ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Jazz Improvisation
- Offered by Berklee College of Music. Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Arranging for Songwriters
- Offered by Berklee College of Music. You've created a song. You wrote the lyrics, decided on the melody, and maybe even recorded a simple ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: The Art of Music Production
- Offered by Berklee College of Music. Explore the art of record production and how to make recordings that other people will love listening ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Bonnie Hayes, David Alexis, Gary Burton, Krystal Banfield, Sarah Brindell and Stephen Webber


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