Developing Your Musicianship

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About this course: Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student. The course will teach you the major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and…

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About this course: Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student. The course will teach you the major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and how they are constructed. You will learn what intervals are, how to sing them, and how to find them in music. The course explores tonal centers and how to find the key a song is in, in addition to common time signatures such as 4/4 and 3/4. You will learn how to build chords—major and minor triads, and major and dominant seventh chords—and how to build a common chord progression—the I IV V. You will also learn how to recognize the blues and AABA song forms, and write a basic chord sheet to express your song ideas. In addition to the video lectures, each lesson features Berklee student performances and interviews. The students share their musical journey and offer advice for those wanting to study music. The course culminates with an assignment that asks you to compose and perform a riff blues tune using the minor pentatonic scale. Above all, the course is designed to share the joy of creating music and sharing it with others. Samy Elgazzar, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a successful composer, will be your Teaching Assistant (TA) for the course.

Created by:  Berklee
  • Taught by:  George W. Russell, Jr., Professor

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Basic Info Course 1 of 4 in the Developing Your Musicianship Specialization Commitment 7 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Lithuanian How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said Travail en cours

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Berklee Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Welcome to Developing Your Musicianship
Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience.


1 video, 8 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Welcome to the Course
  2. Lecture: A Note From Your Teaching Assistant
  3. Lecture: Connect on Facebook and Twitter
  4. Quiz pour s'exercer: What Are Your Goals?
  5. Lecture: Getting To Know You
  6. Lecture: Suggested Reading
  7. Lecture: Course Resources
  8. Lecture: Learner Support
  9. Lecture: Course Certificates
  10. Lecture: How to Record Yourself for Your Assignments


The Major Scale
This week, you'll learn about harmony and ear training and why they are important. You'll learn how to construct a major scale, how to identify and sing Major 2nd and Major 3rd intervals, and how to find the tonal center of a song.


9 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: Why Are Harmony and Ear Training Important?
  2. Video: Important Definitions
  3. Video: Structure of the Major Scale
  4. Video: Sharps and Flats
  5. Video: Major 2nd and 3rd Intervals
  6. Video: Major 2nd and Major 3rd Interval Practice
  7. Video: Tonal Center
  8. Video: Berklee Student Performance: Boston Marathon, "I Don't Have a Song for That"
  9. Video: Lesson Review and Assignment Overview
  10. Lecture: Write the C Major Scale
  11. Demande de discussion: Find and Share a Song in C Major

Graded: The Major Scale
Graded: SELF ASSESSMENT: Write The C Major Scale
Graded: PARTICIPATION: Find and Share a Song in C Major

WEEK 2


Major and Minor Triads
This week, you'll learn how to identify Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th intervals and how to build major and minor triads. You will also learn about one of the most common chord progressions: the I IV V.


8 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: What's Your Story?
  2. Video: Review
  3. Video: Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th Intervals
  4. Video: Interval Practice: Major 2nds, Major 3rds, Perfect 4ths, and Perfect 5ths
  5. Video: Building Major and Minor Triads
  6. Video: I IV V Chord Progression
  7. Video: Berklee Student Performance: "Najat 1958"
  8. Lecture: Weekly Practice
  9. Video: Lesson Review and Assignment Overview
  10. Lecture: Writing and Practicing Major Triads
  11. Demande de discussion: Writing Major Triads

Graded: Major and Minor Triads
Graded: SELF ASSESSMENT: Writing and Practicing Major Triads
Graded: PARTICIPATION: Writing Major Chords

WEEK 3


Minor Pentatonic Scale
This week, you will learn how to identify Major 6th and Major 7th intervals. You will also learn how to build and sing the Minor Pentatonic Scale.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: Advice for Studying Music
  2. Video: Review
  3. Video: Major 6th and Major 7th Intervals
  4. Video: Building and Singing the Minor Pentatonic Scale
  5. Video: Berklee Student Performance Spotlight: "Work In Progress"
  6. Lecture: Weekly Practice
  7. Video: Lesson Review and Assignment Overview
  8. Lecture: Identifying Intervals
  9. Demande de discussion: Identifying Intervals

Graded: Minor Pentatonic Scale
Graded: SELF ASSESSMENT: Identifying Intervals
Graded: PARTICIPATION: Identifying Intervals

WEEK 4


Major and Dominant Seventh Chords
This week, you'll learn how to build Major and Dominant Seventh chords. You will also learn another common chord progression: the Blues Progression.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: Audition Tips
  2. Video: Review
  3. Video: 7th Chords
  4. Video: Dominant 7th Chords and Blues Progression
  5. Video: 7th Chords Practice
  6. Video: Berklee Student Performance: "New Kind Of Dirty"
  7. Lecture: Weekly Practice
  8. Video: Lesson Review and Assignment Overview
  9. Lecture: Identifying the Blues Progression
  10. Demande de discussion: Identifying the Blues Progression

Graded: Major and Dominant Seventh Chords
Graded: SELF ASSESSMENT: Identifying the Blues Progression
Graded: PARTICIPATION: Identifying the Blues Form

WEEK 5


Song Form
This week, you will learn about 7-3-5 chord voicings and 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures. You will learn about two different song forms - Blues and AABA - and you will learn how to write and read a chord sheet.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: What Career Does Your Major Prepare You For?
  2. Video: Review and 7-3-5 Chord Voicing
  3. Video: AABA and Blues Song Forms
  4. Video: 4/4 and 3/4 Time Signatures
  5. Video: The Chord Chart
  6. Video: Berklee Student Performance: "Chuk for Chick"
  7. Lecture: Weekly Practice
  8. Video: Lesson Review and Assignment Overview
  9. Lecture: Writing a Chord Chart
  10. Demande de discussion: Writing a Chord Chart

Graded: Song Form
Graded: SELF ASSESSMENT: Writing a Chord Chart
Graded: PARTICIPATION: Writing a Chord Chart

WEEK 6


Review
This week is a review of the past 5 weeks. You will also learn how to compose a blues riff tune using the Minor Pentatonic Scale.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: What Do You Like Most About Berklee?
  2. Video: The Major Scale Beyond C
  3. Video: Review: The Major and Minor Triad, Major 7th and Dominant 7th Chords
  4. Video: Composing a Blues Riff Tune Using the Minor Pentatonic Scale
  5. Video: Practicing What You Know and Moving Forward
  6. Video: Berklee Student Performance: "La Musica No Se Toca"
  7. Lecture: Weekly Practice
  8. Lecture: Course Evaluation

Graded: Review
Graded: Final Project
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