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Developing Your Musicianship

Developing Your Musicianship,

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.

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Rating 4.7 based on 175 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Berklee, Berklee College of Music via Coursera
Instructor George W. Russell, Jr.
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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ear training

excellent course, I helped a lot to develop the concepts of harmony, ear training and musical perception Great course for beginners and those who want to refresh their musical knowledge... Great! nice course Simply Amazing, makes music theory easy, relate-able and fun great¡¡¡ The course was very entertaining and encouraged me to learn in fun environment.

I absolutely loved the ear training using different intervals and building scales.

I’m also able to use those scales to build a number of chords to help guide improvisation.I found the ear training exercises to be a fun way to develop my musical awareness.

First I use to doubt, whether the ear training really does work.

The ear training is fantastic.

Was a good introduction to ear training and basic chord progressions.

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george w. russell

I am a big fan of George W. Russell, Jr. as a professor and plan to take all of his Coursera offerings.

good one I had loads of fun, as mandatory :) No surprise if your taking classes with the amazing George W. Russell Jr.

Professor George W. Russell Jr. is very charismatic and the videos are fun to watch.

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musical knowledge

Good introductory course for someone with little to no musical knowledge or background but it still seems a little light on material for a 6-week course.

my musical knowledge has definitely been improving.

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easy to follow

The fundamental instruction is great though and easy to follow along.

:) Very motivating and easy to follow.

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coursera and berklee

Thank you Coursera and Berklee for this course.

Thanks, Coursera and Berklee!

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explains things

He explains things that others just overlook.

I like this very basic and strong foundation with a lot of exercises, mnemonic tricks and of,course, the main requirement-to have fun=) I love the teacher in these courses, he explains things very clearly.

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Rating 4.7 based on 175 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Berklee, Berklee College of Music via Coursera
Instructor George W. Russell, Jr.
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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