The days of record labels paying for months of studio time for artists is coming to an end. With this decentralization happening in the music industry, the best course of action for aspiring writers is to first learn the skills required to master the craft of songwriting and arranging, and then grasp the important production techniques required to create a polished and professional sounding track.
Berkleemusic’s Master Certificate in Writing and Producing teaches students to become hit-making songwriters and arrangers, as well as well-versed producers. By teaching Berklee’s time-tested techniques along with cutting-edge software, this program will prepare you to become a contemporary writer/producer with a wide range of useful knowledge and applicable tools to succeed in the evolving music industry.
The program begins with Desktop Music Production, where you’ll gain a complete understanding of the concepts and production techniques you'll need to create, produce, and record professional-sounding arrangements. With hands-on lessons and projects, you'll master concepts like digitization, signal flow, multi-tracking, equalization, signal processing, MIDI, and everything you need to turn your Mac or PC into a virtual multi-track studio. Stephen Webber’s Music Production Analysis follows, where you’ll develop the skills to listen to music like a seasoned music producer, learn to identify the elements of effective records, and gain the skills to bring these elements to your own productions.
Once you have this foundational production knowledge under your belt, you’ll delve into ins and outs of commercial songwriting. In Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs, you’ll study the way that hit writers work. You’ll learn the tricks and techniques used by the masters—and employ them to write your own potential chart-toppers. Then, in Commercial Songwriting Techniques, you'll learn a ten-step process to reproducing the time-tested traits of successful songs while still maintaining your unique voice—a practice critical to the success of any songwriter.
With a strong foundation in writing hit songs, you’ll move onto study matching the right music with your lyrics by studying arranging. In Arranging 1: Rhythm Section, you'll learn how to write for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards) and create killer arrangements that really groove. This course directs you on everything you'll need to create an effective arrangement—including rhythm section notation, adaptation of the melody and chords, intro's and endings, articulations and dynamics, and how to create an emotional contour throughout the arrangement.
You'll then expand your music production knowledge, skills, and experience by becoming fully immersed in a rich curriculum developed by Berklee College of Music’s expert faculty for the world’s most powerful production software and sequencers available. The music production component of this certificate begins with Critical Listening 1, a course that will help you recognize the importance of the mixing process through a combination of weekly training drills, analysis of classic recordings, and comparison of various mixing styles. You’ll learn to identify width and depth, frequency range, dynamics, and the different mix approaches used in various musical genres. By the end of the course you’ll be able to recognize techniques such as panning, alternate types and uses of reverb, delay, compression, and different types of distortion. Not only will you learn what elements are most important in a mix, but also how to optimize a mix to make it as compelling as possible. You’ll have the ability to expand your songwriting, arranging, or production knowledge through the study of three more electives in these areas.
By the end of your studies, you’ll possess the multifaceted skill-set needed to start or advance your career writer/producer in the industry today.
Substitutions may be requested for electives. Please contact our Continuing Education Registrar at email@example.com or call (617) 747-2146 to see if your request suits the overall academic requirements for your chosen program.
Master the tools and techniques for producing great-sounding music at home…and create high quality recordings ready for CD or MP3!
Develop the skills to listen to music like a seasoned music producer. Learn to identify the elements of effective records, and gain the skills to bring these elements to your own productions.
Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting your songs the way hit writers do.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
Essential learning for anyone interested in arranging music for a band, Arranging 1: Rhythm Section explores all aspects of writing and arranging for the rhythm section.
Create compelling, professional-sounding songs by learning to identify the production elements that contribute to a well balanced, artful and professional-sounding mix.
Please contact our Continuing Education Registrar to request elective substitutions.
Strengthen your technical understanding of Logic Pro and heighten your overall creative abilities in music production in this 12-week course. Harness the power of Logic's extensive software instruments, and learn to record, edit, and mix your project like a pro.
Gain a firm understanding of the functionalities and capabilities of Reason software. Explore Reason's rack of virtual instruments, effects, mixers, built-in sequencer and patching system, and learn real-world production setups and techniques used by today's top producers.
Remix and produce in any number of contemporary styles, including drum and bass, R&B, breakbeat/trance and house music using Ableton's Live audio and MIDI sequencing software, a sequencer you can play like an instrument.
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Complete all aspects of a multi-track recording using MIDI, audio, loops and plugin effects using Cakewalk’s SONAR Producer Edition.
Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
Mastering is the final, critical, step in the post-production process. Gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution.
Learn how harmony can help you to articulate the essential meaning of a song, and the best ways to adapt chords and progressions to suit your unique songwriting style and ideas.
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Explore the many creative and technical considerations necessary to mix in today's music production environment. Acquire the core skill set needed to mix multi-track master recordings to a stereo final mix-down suitable for release.
Learn to create your own original grooves by analyzing, writing, sequencing and recording the rhythms and styles that have influenced western contemporary music.
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