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Write, perform, and record original music. Learn how to transform your ideas and emotions into songs that are uniquely you with The Singer Songwriter Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with Berklee.

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Do you have a song in your heart that you want to share it with others? In The Singer Songwriter Specialization offered by Coursera in partnership with Berklee, you will learn all the skills you need to write, perform, and record your own original music. You’ll begin by learning how to play the guitar to accompany yourself in Guitar for Beginners. 

You’ll learn how to play chords and scales, as well as strumming patterns and finger picking patterns. In Singing Popular Music, you’ll explore your voice and develop your own personal style. You’ll learn how to sing properly, mastering the correct techniques and breath support. From there, you’ll hone your writing craft, focusing on lyrics. 

You’ll learn about stressed and unstressed syllables, rhyme schemes, and lyrical phrasing.

You’ll also record into a Digital Audio Workstation, focusing on Ableton Live and capturing both MIDI and real instruments into your DAW to record and share your ideas with the world.

Applied Learning Project

In the first course of this specialization, Guitar for Beginners, you will play a song using a lead sheet from start to finish. 

In Singing Popular Music, you will hone your style and perform a song. By the end of Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics, you will have completed an original song. Finally, you will produce and record your original music using real instruments and MIDI in Introduction to Ableton Live.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Guitar for Beginners
  • Singing Popular Music
  • Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics
  • Introduction to Ableton Live

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 months
    • 4 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

Beginner Level

  • A​ love of music and desire to write and perform original 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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