Because we must coordinate with the Boston campus for Commencement, it is essential that students planning to walk in the ceremony submit their graduation application by midnight ET on December 1. If you submit your application late, you will need to wait until the following year to walk. We ask all students planning to graduate within the current academic year to apply for graduation by December 1, regardless of their plans to participate in Commencement. Late application for students who do not wish to walk will result in processing delays for your academic record and diploma, and your name may not be listed in the ceremony program.
Great question! Walking in Commencement and graduating are two separate things. You can walk in Commencement when you are nine 9 credits or less away from completing your degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Please note: Berklee Online degree students are not required to walk in Commencement in Boston. You graduate when you have met all of the following criteria: Attained at least a 2. You will not officially graduate and receive your diploma until you meet all of the eligibility requirements.
I just finished my last term at Berklee Online! What happens next? Is there anything I need to do? Congratulations on finishing! If you have already filled out a graduation application, you will want to double-check the " Graduation Checklist " to ensure you have taken care of all of the various items associated with graduating.
If you have not filled out a graduation application, you will need to do that as soon as possible. You will not be able to graduate until we have received and processed your graduation application.
You will receive your diploma within weeks of completing your degree requirements. Please keep in mind that instructors have up to two 2 weeks to submit final grades after the term concludes. Diplomas are mailed to the address you include on your graduation application. If your mailing address changes after you have submitted your graduation application, be sure to update us at graduation online.
Keep in mind that if you are walking in Commencement, you will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony. Can I find out how many transfer credits I am eligible for before I apply to the degree program? If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program and would like an estimate of the amount of transfer credit you would receive, you can request an unofficial transfer evaluation by emailing a copy of your transcript s to the Berklee Online Transfer Team at transfer online.
Be sure to include your name, major of interest, and any additional questions you may have. You can expect to receive your assessment within business days. What should I do? The earlier you contact us with questions or concerns regarding your evaluation, the easier it will be for us to address any issues. Therefore, it is very important when you first receive your official transfer evaluation that you review the information carefully. If none of those exclusions apply, please fill out a Transfer Credit Equivalency Re-evaluation form for the courses you wish to have reconsidered.
Sometimes, we are not able to locate specific information for a course online and we are not able to determine an equivalency, but we are always happy to review additional material which will help us make that determination. No, credits completed at Berklee or through the prior learning process do not count towards the 60 transfer credit limit. This maximum is for credit-bearing exams and undergraduate-level coursework completed externally. What is a credit deficiency and why do I need to make up credit? Credit deficiencies are caused by transferring a course that is less than three 3 credits to fulfill a three 3 credit Berklee Online requirement.
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Students with a credit deficiency will be short of the minimum number of credits required to graduate once they have completed their program requirements. In order to be eligible to graduate, you will need to make up the credits you are deficient in. While the Transfer Team does their best to avoid giving students credit deficiencies, it is not always possible.
You can make up the credits you are deficient in by completing additional Berklee Online coursework, by applying for prior learning credit, or by completing additional external coursework in the area in which you are deficient. Note all external courses will first need to be approved by the Transfer Team.
It depends. Generally, transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites unless we determine that the course you completed is a direct equivalent to one of the courses we offer at Berklee Online. Keep in mind that there are some courses which require you to pass a placement exam. For these you will need to achieve a passing grade on the test to fulfill the prerequisite, otherwise you will need to complete the appropriate Berklee Online course. Can I transfer credits to Berklee Online after I have started the degree program? Yes, you can. To determine if the coursework you already completed or are considering taking is eligible to fulfill your remaining degree requirements, contact the Transfer Team at transfer online.
I am a Berklee campus student. Can I transfer courses from Berklee Online to my campus-based program? For additional questions about transferring courses from Berklee Online to Berklee's campus programs please contact the campus transcript evaluator at transfercredits berklee. Are Berklee Online courses transferable to other institutions? Our courses are transferable to other institutions, but it's up to the receiving institution to decide the number and types of courses that may transfer.
We recommend getting a course pre-approved by an institution before enrolling. Moreover, a recent study revealed that the average annual tuition at for-profit colleges is more than twice as expensive as Berklee Online. How much does a certificate program cost? The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.
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Some courses may include additional fees for files or content. Online Music Courses Our week online music courses are authored and taught by industry experts and the same renowned instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus. Filters Close. Levels All Levels Undergraduate Level. This course is for students who are interested in taking a deep dive into composing with Ableton Live by leveraging unique and powerful linear and non-linear creative techniques inside the software.
You will master a number of linear and non-linear compositional practices that are only possible using advanced Ableton Live tools and techniques. Building on the skills learned in Ableton Live Fundamentals, you will explore the sampler devices in Ableton Live.
Building on the skills learned in Ableton Live Techniques: Fundamentals, students will explore how the many synthesizers and audio effects in Ableton Live can be used in contemporary music production. Learn to fingerpick melodies and solos over independent bass patterns, and perform in the acoustic bottleneck slide style in both standard and open tunings.
Strengthen your rhythmic strumming, use of alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing, and improve your fluency, tone, dynamics, and control. Become a better recording and live sound engineer, and improve your editing and mixing environment by learning the ins and outs of acoustics.
Expand your production skills and take your critical listening to the next level by learning to identify and implement mix strategies, compression and panning techniques, and a wide array of professional mix approaches across multiple genres of music. Level 6 Proof of a Bachelor's Degree Required.
In this course, you will learn mastering theories and techniques to deliver high-quality masters in a variety of genres, for various platforms, including vinyl, lossy codecs, and streaming platforms. Proof of a bachelor's degree is required to enroll in non-degree, graduate-level courses. This advanced music production course provides students with a deep understanding of mixing and mastering tools and techniques that can be applied to a wide variety of styles. Advanced Mixing Techniques is a next-generation music mixing course for you to take your mixing skills to the highest level.
Strengthen your overall versatility as a drummer by learning the rich grooves and rhythmic concepts of Afro-Cuban music. Build your own knowledge of, and confidence in, math in practical ways that relate directly to the world of music. This action-oriented course is designed specifically for those who find math intimidating or who feel that their math skills have become rusty.
Level 5 Proof of a Bachelor's Degree Required. This course will prepare you to understand, design, and implement a professional music production environment for the projects you embark on. You will complete a production studio design as a final project, which will include essential acoustic and architectural design criteria. 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.
This music arrangement course takes your arranging abilities to the next level of development by studying more advanced techniques for voicing chords, orchestration, articulations, and background lines. In this music arrangement course, you'll learn to create your own original grooves by analyzing, writing, sequencing, and recording the rhythms and styles that have influenced Western contemporary music. This course will provide you with tools and techniques to craft instrumentation and production for supporting the emotional meanings of songs.
You will be able to create an identifiable and unique sound. In this music arrangement course, gain a practical, real-world understanding of the sound and personality of woodwind and string instruments, and learn how to properly apply them to songs, arrangements, and compositions. Through the eyes of two professors of art history with differing yet complementary approaches to understanding art, you will look at a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, and discover the diversity of ways that works of art are meaningful to the human experience.
Explore the role and importance of an artist manager, what they do, and how it impacts the career of the artist and their brand. This course is an in-depth exploration of the strategy behind effective artist management. 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 how to properly set up, operate, and manage a recording studio or live sound reinforcement installations of any size, integrating both analog and digital elements and interconnects.
Audio 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. This course is an in-depth exploration of the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations in producing audio for film, television, and related media. You will explore the history of film as a medium, through the development of technology for synchronizing audio to moving picture, to modern-day practices in audio post-production.
Become a more marketable and in-demand producer by mastering the tools and techniques necessary to complete a full audio post production project, including sound design, foley, dialogue, and music for a short film. This practical approach to ear training will help you build your confidence as a performer by teaching you how to notate basic rhythms and better identify the different parts of a song.
Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflections, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing! Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles. Learn the Berklee approach to keyboard in this week course. Master the basics of technique and chord voicings, and gain an understanding of more advanced concepts including interpretation of lead sheets and improvisation.
Study the theory and harmonic concepts common to blues and rock styles, and learn the licks, techniques, patterns, and improvisation styles associated with shuffles, New Orleans piano, rock and roll and modern rock piano, and solo blues piano. King, and Magic Sam. Gain a foundation in form, control, feel, and harmony that will help to bring a blues sound to your playing or add more depth to any other style of music.
Learn effective techniques for choosing the right format, tone, and message for diverse audiences and the most appropriate way to deliver the message. Explore the four dimensions of career development: clarifying your professional value, focusing the opportunity lens, advancing personal growth strategies, and orchestrating a successful job search. Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock guitar: Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, and Page.
This course will actively engage students in an intensive program of online song collaboration, which will allow them to develop practical and creative real world skills for professional co-writing. Sample this course Log in or sign up. Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice. In this course, you will develop the skills necessary to create vocal-focused recordings that are contemporary and commercially viable.
You will explore the voice as an instrument, one that is naturally expressive and harmonically complex, and that can be technologically processed. Learn the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including drum and bass, trance, glitch, dub, electro, minimal, downtempo, house, and techno. If you are a musician interested in adding an electronic flavor to your production, or an electronic producer interested in moving your pieces to the next level, this music composition course is for you!
Learn to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including techno, trip-hop, glitch, and dubstep. Learn the preparations and logistics involved in developing, budgeting, and executing a successful tour, from small club dates to international stadium shows. Learn how to construct your own melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language through the study of modern twentieth century compositional techniques.
In this music composition course you'll develop your unique, compositional voice to write music for visual media, concerts, recitals, or personal enjoyment. Gain a solid knowledge of modern instrumental writing and competence using twentieth century techniques in composition. In addition, you will gain enhanced listening skills to identify and appreciate new musical styles, and be capable of implementing these skills in your writing, enriching your capacity to express yourself in this intellectually stimulating musical idiom.
Understand the basics of how your creative works are protected by copyright law, what rights you have as a content owner, and how to leverage your copyrights to generate income. Gain a broad overview of counterpoint and the art of writing lines that support both the melody and the overall structure of a composition—essential information for singers, songwriters, composers, guitarists, and musicians from all backgrounds. Creative Digital Signal Processing DSP for Music and Visuals will prepare students to effectively create custom-made sound design elements for music productions and audio-for-visuals projects.
Students will work with a wide variety of audio tools and concepts. Leverage your creativity for business innovation and develop the mindset, knowledge, and insights required to pursue an entrepreneurial track, whether as the steward of your own career or as the founder of a new business in any creative field. Gain insight into both the art and the profession of music production. Develop the necessary skills for producing music according to professional standards, and learn both the technical and interpersonal approaches to creating a successful recording. Creative Recording and Editing Techniques is a practical, in-depth study of essential and creative recording techniques as well as an exploration of advanced audio editing techniques and considerations.
You will learn to maximize the emotional impact of recordings by focusing on the music-driven intersection of the technical and creative skills necessary to achieve professional sounding recordings in any setting, from professional recording environments, to portable studios with minimal gear. In this music composition course, you'll learn how to develop upon virtually any kernel of an idea, from a melodic fragment to a catchy rhythm or phrase, or a nice chord.
Explore a variety of approaches to composing and how they work, complete with examples, composer perspectives, and more. Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write. Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring and learning from the works of musician-writers and those for whom music has had a profound influence. Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry. This course presents a framework and vocabulary for analyzing music that will support your work in the program, in addition to your professional career.
You will dissect music for its use of various production techniques, including arrangement, instrumentation, performance, mix considerations, and more. Create compelling, professional-sounding songs by learning to identify the production elements that contribute to a well-balanced, artful and professional mix. This course will help you gain a deep understanding of the role of data in the business of music, balancing theoretical concepts, illustrative case studies, and practical application.
When used correctly, data about artists and music serve as invaluable tools, allowing companies to measure performance accurately and understand the current market, informing decisions with real facts and figures, and providing insight into how existing processes may be made more efficient. Explore what it means to be an artist, both from a philosophical and practical perspective.
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This course is not only designed to reinforce the ability to read music notation, but also the ability to recognize, imagine, remember, and notate musical sounds. Ear Training 2 will also improve improvisation skills, musical interaction in performance, and music perception in listening. Learn to play what you hear more quickly, and become more certain of the notes you are singing or playing.
Interpret and respond to music with greater conviction and expression. Create original music to accompany a visual medium by learning fundamental to more advanced film scoring techniques. Gain a foundational, working repertoire for the classical guitar. Develop an extensive repertoire of techniques, including tremolo, rasguedo, harmonics, slurs, and percussion effects. Learn the appropriate scales, the best use of effects, and the rhythmic and melodic timing to create an authentic funk-based solo and sound.
This course is designed for the musician who wants to compose music, unique sound, and creature voices for video games. Focusing on both the creative process of designing unique audio and the practical challenges of putting that content into a game, Game Audio Production with Wwise prepares students for all major aspects of game audio production and implementation. This course provides an overview of video game design, exploring the iterative process of coming up with ideas, prototyping, testing, and revising that is at the heart of the video game industry.
You will analyze games and examine the principles of game design from a visual studies perspective.
Learn the art of jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo. Use harmony creatively in your playing and writing.
Learn to hear and modify chord progressions, improvise effectively from chord to chord, and deepen your understanding of music's inner workings. Take your harmonic development to the next level by gaining a solid footing in more advanced principles including melodic and harmonic tension, chord substitution, and chromatically altered chords. Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country and other genres, with a high-quality, authentic and persuasive guitar tone.
Add more dynamics and expression to your playing and gain a greater feel for your instrument by learning Berklee's approach to the construction of chords and chord voicings. Master Berklee's approach to playing guitar chords. Improve your style, intonation, technique, time feel, and tone in this in-depth course. Explore open triads, seventh chord structures, open triadic shapes, and inversions in a variety of musical styles.
Learn to play a great guitar solo! Guitar Improvisation Techniques is designed to help guitarists who may have learned the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theoretical application of the musical elements that make up a strong solo that moves the listener.
Organize the guitar fretboard, develop your technique, and learn to confidently navigate the instrument by gaining a firm understanding of the pentatonic, blues, major, melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales and their modes. Put your harmonic theory into practice. Learn techniques that will improve your performance, arranging, and compositional skills by refining your ability to really hear and recognize what is going on within the chord progressions.
This course is a survey of music in film, covering everything from the late s to the present day. Gain an in-depth knowledge of the time, expertise, and strategy required for musicians and managers to release, market, publish, tour, and export music in the global music industry. The overall focus of this course is for you to develop academic writing and expository prose techniques for creating clear and coherent written works.
The course covers a wide range of skills necessary for college-level work, including elements of argumentation, sentence-level issues, paragraph structure, organization, form, and style. Musicians and music industry professionals who wish to create their own computer applications or utilize the programming capabilities in music software will be able to read, understand, and modify basic code in a variety of languages. You will also learn to approach a programming project, whether in music creation software, web-based applications, or business software, with an organized, logical approach.
Learn effective techniques for producing any kind of video, including a music video or short film. Gain a solid foundation of sound production and engineering skills that will prepare you to work at a game development company or as a freelance game audio professional. Become a more versatile and sought-after jazz arranger. Jazz Arranging explores techniques that will allow you to write effective jazz arrangements for all types of instrumental combinations, from bop and hard-bop, to big band jazz ensembles. Gain the tools and knowledge you need to improvise jazz bass lines like a seasoned professional.
Learn to play great jazz bass lines, recognize common chord progressions in jazz standards, and study the work of jazz bass greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride. In this music composition course, you'll learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal. Develop your jazz guitar performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional standards and complex modern harmony.
Strengthen your command of the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms that make up the rich art form of jazz on the piano or keyboard. Apply the unique vocal characteristics of great jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan into your own sound. Understand proper jazz vocal delivery in a number of tempos and gain confidence singing an array of jazz standards in a live or recorded context.
In this beginner level course, you'll build skills that will help you write, produce, and perform music using keyboards ranging from acoustic piano to modern controllers with virtual instruments. On top of learning the Traktor software, you will also learn the fundamentals of DJing and be able to perform live like a true professional.
Build your music career with an understanding of the legal issues that are of special concern to musicians and songwriters, and take a focused look at the important legal changes that have evolved as a result of the shift in the music business landscape.
Learn to construct a dynamic, high-quality mix for live sound. Identify proper microphone technique, equalization, effects, and dynamics processing to build professional quality instrument sounds and vocals. Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.
Get the most out of your lyrics by learning how to combine them accurately and effectively with melody. Effective microphone techniques resulted in some of the most iconic music ever committed to tape. Consider Phil Spector's signature "Wall of Sound," which relied heavily on appropriate microphone techniques, or Led Zeppelin's iconic recording of John Bonham's drums on "When the Levee Breaks," recorded with a stereo microphone on the second floor stairway at Headley Grange Studio.
Whether your sessions feature a single vocalist or rapper, metal trio, or large big-band jazz ensemble, the ability to get good sounds is essential to producing competitive results. Gain a greater understanding of the tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic productions. Uboldi is currently composing an orchestral piece for the Vatican Stradivarius cello for the presentation by its new owners in Mexico and was invited by composers Andres Sanchez Maher and Gus Reyes to write music for the documentary El Paso de la Tortuga.
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