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Berklee College of Music

Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys

Berklee College of Music via Coursera


After a tremendous response from learners on Coursera, Berklee Online has created a Developing Your Musicianship specialization, and this course is the second course in the series. If you have a basic knowledge of music theory or if you have completed Developing Your Musicianship I, this course will continue to help you understand key musical concepts, enabling you to create and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes four lessons that delve into the next level of harmony and ear training.

The course will introduce you to new key signatures, including minor tonalities, and how they are constructed. You will train your ear to hear minor intervals and 7th chords. You will learn how to build 7th chords, and how to build common chord progressions. You will also learn the major pentatonic scale and how to construct melodies using this scale.

The course culminates with an assignment that asks you to compose and perform an 8-measure composition using popular chord progressions and the Major pentatonic scale. Just like Developing Your Musicianship I, the course is designed to impart the joy of creating music and sharing it with others.

Taught by

George Russell


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  • Steve Rogers

    Steve Rogers completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    A good course with a fine instructor - I suggest you do the part 1 if you havn't before taking this one.

    My only gripe is that they have partialy crypled the free option. With part 1 which I took last year the only difference between the free and the paid one was that you did not get an official and verified certificate with the free version. Now not only do you not get a certificate but you can not submit quizzes or the final assignment if you have not paid. This reduces educational value of course - a real pity for those of us that want to learn informally.

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