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Berklee College of Music

Songwriting: Writing, Arranging, and Producing Music

Berklee College of Music via Coursera Specialization


This specialization will provide aspiring and established songwriters with the strategies and practices to develop hit songs. The award-winning Berklee Songwriting Faculty have selected four comprehensive courses, each one devoted to a different song element, to help you get the most out of your musical ideas. Starting with the lyrics and music, you will learn how to generate thought-provoking ways to express the emotions you wish to portray. From there, you will develop your song into a balanced musical arrangement with complete accompaniment. The final project will take you through the process of producing your own demos using Ableton Live, one of the most exciting digital audio workstations (DAW) on the market today.


Course 1: 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 2: Songwriting: Writing the Music
- Offered by Berklee. If your notebook is full of unused lyrics and you’re struggling to find inspiration for the music, this course is for ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Arranging for Songwriters
- Offered by Berklee. You've created a song. You wrote the lyrics, decided on the melody, and maybe even recorded a simple demo. Now what? If ... 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

Bonnie Hayes, Erin Barra, Pat Pattison, Sarah Brindell and Scarlet Keys


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  • Anonymous
    Good evening sir/madam.

    How can I start this program and what does it take to start and will I be issued a certificate at the end of the program?

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