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Develop Strategies for Teaching Popular Music. Advance your instructional practice for teaching popular music in the classroom. The Music Education for Teachers Specialization is offered by Coursera in partnership with Berklee.

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In the Music Education for Teachers Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with Berklee, you will explore ways of integrating popular music into your teaching. 

You'll begin by learning from two highly experienced teachers, Krystal Banfield, the Vice President of Educational Outreach for Berklee College of Music, and David Alexis a Berklee Professor and long-time instructor for the Berklee City Music Program. They will take you through their process of incorporating popular music, improvisation, arranging, and music technology into the classroom while still fulfilling the common core learning standards.

You'll continue with a deeper dive into these topics that will help you build your popular music curriculum. In Jazz Improvisation taught by Grammy-winning Gary Burton, you'll learn how to use improvisation as language and story-telling. You'll also learn how to use a variety of chord scales, modes, and improv techniques. 

Next, in Arranging for Songwriters taught by renown Berklee faculty Bonnie Hayes and Sarah Brindell, you'll learn how to create arrangements of songs. Finally, in The Art of Music Production, taught by producer Stephen Webber, you'll learn how to begin to record music in a meaningful, yet approachable way.

This specialization will give you the tools you'll need to develop effective, relevant, and compelling lessons for your classroom, online learning space, or private lesson instruction.

Applied Learning Project

In this specialization, you will develop a toolkit to teach popular music, improvisation, arranging, and music technology. You will also create projects in each of the popular music subjects that you will use, including projects on jazz improvisation, arranging songs, and music production.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Arranging for Songwriters
  • The Art of Music Production

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate Level

  • Students should have at least a beginner-level knowledge of music theory and an interest in teaching music.


Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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