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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Important update: the Modern Musician Specialization will close for new learner enrollment on May 23, 2016. If you are interested in earning a Specialization Certificate and have not pre-paid for the Specialization, please upgrade or apply for Financial Aid by May 22, 2016. This Specialization will continue to run until May 23, 2017 to allow current students to complete their coursework, however it will be closed to new enrollment after May 23, 2016. Berklee is developing many new MOOCs that will be offered on Coursera and we plan on offering specializations in each of the areas that are currently covered in the Modern Musician Specialization. Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. === There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step in... Important update: the Modern Musician Specialization will close for new learner enrollment on May 23, 2016. If you are interested in earning a Specialization Certificate and have not pre-paid for the Specialization, please upgrade or apply for Financial Aid by May 22, 2016. This Specialization will continue to run until May 23, 2017 to allow current students to complete their coursework, however it will be closed to new enrollment after May 23, 2016. Berklee is developing many new MOOCs that will be offered on Coursera and we plan on offering specializations in each of the areas that are currently covered in the Modern Musician Specialization. Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. === There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple “yes” and you’ll be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view. If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, you’ll look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed. The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. You’ll learn to use your tools to enhance your message—to work compositionally at the same time you’re developing your ideas. You’ll be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you’ll have to do is sing your melodies over the loops. Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing. Most important, you’ll have a lot of fun.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
I thought this would be a fun course. It isn't really bad but I feel like there is something missing. The instructor is amusing but I don't feel like I'm really improving my craft. Some of the video lectures are rather long and a lot of the time I feel that they don't relate to the subject at hand. Some of the lectures were also rather on the confusing side and a lot of things don't seem to be explained in a way that doesn't make a lot of sense. Like I said earlier the Instructor is entertaining and has an amusing personality. He tries his best to make the class fun and moving forward. I learned a few things a bit more on the technical side of things so at least it wasn't a total bust. I just think it needs to be revamped a bit.
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3 years, 8 months ago
If you enjoy writing angst ridden songs about despair, loss, or the fleeting nature of happiness and love, this course is for you! I have a hard time writing songs with that much genericness and felt like this course did not help me at all with songwriting. Stayed through the course but felt like I wanted to drop the whole time. Definitely don't recommend this for who wishes to write original music with interesting concepts and ideas.
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