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Berklee College of Music

The Singer Songwriter

Berklee College of Music via Coursera 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.


Course 1: Guitar for Beginners
- Offered by Berklee. Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Singing Popular Music
- Offered by Berklee. You've been studying the greats, working on improving your vocal skills, and building vocal technique. Now it's time to ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics
- Offered by Berklee. There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Introduction to Ableton Live
- Offered by Berklee. In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Erin Barra, Jeannie Gagne, Pat Pattison and Thaddeus Hogarth


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