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Online Music Courses & Certifications

Music has always been there. Go out and listen to nature and you will hear. Or take a second to pause and you will hear music in your work, in your steps, conversations. These could be rhythmic or not, rhyming or not, melodious or not but music they all are. Listen and you will hear.

This is how music is made. When you listen and try to bring it out, you create ragas, tunes, lyrics and so on. Your ancestors around the globe have done this since time immemorial. Music is history. Music is stories. Music expresses all human emotions. Do you have the urge to sing, to write a lyric or two or simply to become part of this tradition, not as a passive listener but as someone who yearns to contribute? Then you can and you will. 

What is Music?

It is a forever evolving art form, where you combine various sounds in accordance with the elements of harmony, melody, rhythm and timbre. When it comes to the aforementioned elements, music becomes a science and a discipline as there is a conscious attempt to follow tradition or innovate upon it and make something new. 

Who can pursue Music courses?

  • You have the desire to sing
  • You love penning down powerful thoughts in a powerful ways
  • You have the ears to spot the talents in the industry.

Do any or all of these statements fit you? Then you can definitely pursue Music courses.

Eligibility Criteria for Music courses

For UG Music you must have (10 +2) qualification with a minimum passing percentage (50%). Some institutes may mandate entrance exams, but most of them do not.

For PG Music courses, you must have a Bachelor’s in Music with music as honors or as a subject. You should have a minimum passing percentage (45%). Most institutes have entrance exams, followed by interviews.

Entrance Exams for Music Courses

Common Entrance Test (CET) (These are institutional level exams conducted by various institutes UG and PG Music courses). Some of them are:

  • BMI University Lucknow Entrance Exam
  • Annamalai University Entrance Exam
  • BHU Performing Arts Entrance Exam
  • Bangalore University Entrance Exam
  • BHU PET
  • DUET
  • MGU CAT.

For PhD Music courses

You can also take online Music courses to develop your knowledge and skills.

See also: 

Important skills for Music courses

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Accurate sense of Rhythm, pitch
  • Ability to sing in tune

What will you learn in Music courses?

Bachelor of Arts Music courses could be 3-4 years depending on the institute. Some of the main subjects are:

  • Music Composition
  • Vocal and Instrumental
  • Music and its forms
  • Law of Acoustics
  • Classification of Ragas
  • History of Indian Music
  • Khyal Form
  • Notation and its evolution
  • Tal and Rag
  • Natya Shastra
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature and Music

Popular Music certification courses

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Duration 

Fees

Vocal Recording Technology

Berklee College of Music, Boston via Edx

6 weeks

Free


Career Opportunities after Music courses

Music industry requires the following: Creativity, powerful vocals, experience, technical knowledge etc. This generates innumerous professions. You could work as an independent artist or work for a studio. Some of the top careers are as follows:

  • Artist/Performer
  • Composer
  • Music Director
  • Music producers
  • Sound Engineer
  • Lyricist

Salary Trends

Average salary of a Composer based on experience

Experience in years

Average Base Salary p.a.

1-3

INR 3,74,217 /-

3-8 

INR 5,03,835 /-

8 and above 

INR 6,26,124 /-

** Source of Salary Details: Payscale, Salary Expert

Note: The salary details given above can vary depending on various factors such as skill, experience, company, location etc. 

Scope after Music courses

According to IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) the global music industry in 2020, grew by 7.4% and was a whopping 21.6 billion dollars. This multi billion global industry has this immense importance because music is ingrained into our culture. Whether it be the western or the classical or the new evolving fusion music, there are no boundaries. Innovations in technology (computerised musical instruments, AI powered music platforms) are allowing the music industry to bring about new dimensions to music.

Film and music industry go hand in hand.And don’t forget the advertising industry for the government and the private sectors. So if you have the desire and some innate talent, you can nurture it and develop. Take some of the best courses (PG to music certification courses) and you are good to go! 

Top Recruiters 

Sony Music Entertainment

Inox Leisure Ltd.

Universal Music Entertainment

Republic Records

Star India

Island Records


EMI Group Limited

Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd


Warner Music Group


FAQs

Q: Is it possible to learn music courses for free?

A: Institutes (both in India and abroad) can give you scholarships depending on merit. Also there are music certification courses that you can take and most of them are free courses. Even the paid ones are quite affordable.

Q: What is the use of online music courses?

A: You should have a degree in music courses or have relevant experience and expertise in music. Or you can enroll in online music courses as a beginner as well. The use of the course is that it can teach you the technical skills needed in the industry.

Q: What is the duration of different music courses?

A: The duration of music courses can range from a few days to a few years. You can complete online music courses within a few months. For UG music courses, you will take 3-4 years. For PG it will be 2 years. And PhD music courses can range from 2 to even up to 10 years depending on your pace.

Q: What are the benefits of pursuing music courses?

A: First of all, this is an industry where passion is more important than financial benefits. Without passion there is no point. If you have passion and develop your talent, then the industry can lead you to a fulfilling and financially rewarding career.

Q: What are some of the best colleges for music courses in India?

A: Here is some of the top colleges for music courses in India:

Q: How much does it cost to pursue music courses?

A: There are music certification courses that you can learn for free. UG music courses can cost upto 8 to 14 lakhs respectively (in public and private colleges). For PG it is 73.9 k to 1.62 lakhs respectively (in public and private colleges). PhD courses in private colleges can take up to 4 lakhs. Diplomas range between 3-4 lakhs in both public and private institutes.

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Certificate Course in Music Production

Certificate Course in Music Production is an offline intensive training programme on music production. The programme is offered by  Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC), an educational sub-initiative of the Sri Aurobindo Society. Certificate Course in Music Production Programme is organized at weekends and the course is designed with the duration of 4 months. 

Certificate Course in Music Production Syllabus lets the learners explore all the aspects of music production including making music on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), music theories, final fixing etc. During the certificate course, the students  will be also provided with extensive practical knowledge in the Production Lab of SACAC. Anyone of 16-plus years of age who is passionate about music production can join the Certificate Course in Music Production  Training.

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4 Months
95,000
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
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Certificate Course in Music Business Management (Online)

Certificate Course in Music Business Management by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC) is a two-month online course. This Music Business Management certificate course is designed for individuals who seek to gain in-depth insights into the music industry. By pursuing the Music Business Management online course, students will gain an overview of the workings of the industry, the various job opportunities in it and how to pursue these jobs. The Certificate Course in Music Business Management syllabus discusses music and the structure of the music business, artist management and the various types of record labels and deals to an artist.

The Certificate Course in Music Business Management by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication is taught by veterans. This online certification course will provide students with first-hand practical knowledge to make a successful career in the music industry as an artist or a music industry professional.

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2 Months
35,000
Skills Covered:
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Appreciating Carnatic Music

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Appreciating Carnatic Music

The ‘Appreciating Carnatic Music’ online course is a study about the various aesthetic and technical aspects involved in Carnatic music. The students of this course will get exposure to the features and fine characteristics that make Carnatic music remarkable. This free online training is provided by the Swayam portal with the ‘National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL)’. The classes are held online in a virtual environment for eight weeks.

The course instructor for this elective program is academically and professionally trained Carnatic music singer, Prof. Lakshmi Sreeram who teaches Carnatic and Hindustani music at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. The candidates of this online program are delivered with a conceptual understanding of the musical elements and the essence of Carnatic music.

The ‘Appreciating Carnatic Music’ certification course enables students to receive the course certificate after completing the course of study with credit points, and several resources such as books and references.

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8 Weeks
Free
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of history Knowledge of Music Technical skills
Appreciating Hindustani Music

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Appreciating Hindustani Music

8 Weeks
Free
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Vocal Recording Technology

The world is brimming with musical creativity; the music industry explosion can be attributed to the variety of emerging technologies changing the way people create music. The Vocal Recording Technology online course familiarises you with technological processes that allow recording music through tablets, laptops, and mobile phones. Berklee College of Music’s online extension wing, Berkley Online delivers the program.

Whether you are a music producer, vocalist, audio engineer, singer, or someone interested in creating music with vocals, the industry requires know-how of varying vocal technologies used in music production. The Vocal Recording Technology certification syllabus trains you in enhancing your music quality by creating gripping vocal tracks. The six-week introductory course from the engineering domain entails no prerequisites.

The Vocal Recording Technology by edX offers an insightful tour into the recording environment, voice, microphones, compressors, equalization, listening environment, and more. Candidates learn about A-D-A conversion, natural widening, human perception, artificial widening, delay, reverb, etc. Prince Charles Alexander, Grammy-award winning producer and expert educator from Berklee College of Music’s department of Music Production and Engineering teaches students. 

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6 Weeks
Beginner
Free
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of engineering
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Guitar for Beginners

The Guitar for Beginners Live Course is a 100% online course offered by Berklee College of Music on the Coursera platform. The course will help learners in developing the basic skills required to start playing acoustic or electric guitar. The course requires approximately 24 hours for completion.

Through the Guitar for Beginners Training Course, learners will be introduced to an easily approachable method to explore the instrument and its performance techniques including the names of the strings and tuning styles. The course will further advance into the basics of music theory online covering topics of scales, triads, power chords, fingering, and shapes.

The Guitar for Beginners Certification Course is a beginner-level course that can be applied to specialized programs including 'How to Play Guitar Specialization' and 'The Singer-Songwriter Specialization'. The course will provide the foundational knowledge required for attending intermediate practical guitar courses. After the end of this flexible course, learners will receive a shareable certificate.

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6 Weeks
2,894
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
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Introduction To Music Theory

The Introduction To Music Theory Certification Course is a self-paced course offered on the edX platform. The course will focus on the nuanced approaches used in contemporary music under the guidance of Professor George W. Russell, Jr. from the Berklee College of Music.

Through the Introduction To Music Theory Classes, learners will get a comprehensive understanding of basic music theory. The introductory level course can be opted by anyone who has a deep passion for learning music and enjoying the real essence of it.

The Introduction To Music Theory Live Course will be covered in six weeks duration and delivered in the medium of English. The course will be proceeded with the help of online study materials and assessed on the basis of graded assignments. After completing the course, all learners will receive a shareable course certificate from edX.

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6 Weeks
Beginner
Free
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
World Music Global Rhythms

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World Music: Global Rhythms

The World Music: Global Rhythms Online Course is an introductory level music course available on the edX platform. The course provides learners with a passion for music to explore musical rhythms from different parts of the globe.

The World Music: Global Rhythms Live Course aims to provide knowledge of various concepts and terminologies of music and their variations across the world. The course will explore the rhythm of different varieties ranging from African music to World Music: Balinese Rhythms, to classical Japanese, Indian, and Western music, to contemporary reggaeton and punk music.

The World Music: Global Rhythms Certification Course is taught by Leslie A. Tilly and Meghan Perdue from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The World Music: Global Rhythms by edX is taught in a self-paced manner where the learners could progress with the course materials at their own speed. After the completion of assessments, learners will get a shareable certificate.

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5 Weeks
Beginner
Free
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
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Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics

5 Weeks
Beginner
3,698
Todays Music Industry

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Today’s Music Industry

5 Weeks
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The Place of Music in 21st Century Education

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The Place of Music in 21st Century Education

5 Weeks
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Free
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Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom

The Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom Online Course is the first out of four courses constituting the Music Education for Teachers Specialization. The course will explore the teaching practices and approaches of popular music from culturally rich communities in the United States.

Through the Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom Live Course, learners will be introduced to different teaching methods that deal with the basics of improvisation, technology, songwriting, arranging film scores, writing to the strengths of small bands, and music theory online. The course is taught by Krystal Banfield and David Alexis of Berklee College of Music.

Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom Certification Course is a 100% online course offered on the Coursera platform. The course follows a flexible pattern and provides learners with tools for evaluating and documenting learning and program progress. After the completion of the course, learners will receive a certificate that can be shared.

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4 Weeks
Intermediate
2,894
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
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The Art of Music Production

The Art of Music Production Training Course is a 100% online course available on the Coursera platform. The course will discuss the art of record production and the different ways used to create recordings. The course can be completed within a duration of 4 weeks and can be opted for by anyone interested in sound engineering and music production.

Through The Art of Music Production Live Course, learners will explore different artistic concepts and the ways to make recordings using recording equipment including phone and laptop. The learners who attend the course through the interactive sessions will be able to develop fine listening skills.

The Art of Music Production Certification Course will help learners utilize different tools and techniques to review the recordings of fellow members. The course will be assessed through recording assignments. The course is part of specialized courses like ' Music Production Specialization' and 'The Business of Music Production Specialization.'

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4 Weeks
Intermediate
Skills Covered:
Knowledge of Music
Approaching Music Theory Melodic Forms and Simple Harmony

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Approaching Music Theory Melodic Forms and Simple Harmony

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Electronic Music Performance Techniques

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Music Business Foundations

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Music For Wellness

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Logic Pro X 101 Masterclass - Logic Pro Music Production

Logic Pro X 101 Masterclass - Logic Pro Music Production certification course is designed by Martin Svensson - Logic Pro X Certified Music Producer and Music-Prod Education, a learning portal that provides educational resources for musicians, which is presented by Udemy and is intended for students who want to start their music production career. The Logic Pro X 101 Masterclass - Logic Pro Music Production online course explains the essential features of the Logic Pro X software for producing music from scratch.

Logic Pro X 101 Masterclass - Logic Pro Music Production online classes involve over 47.5 hours of thorough lectures, 12 articles, and 17 downloadable materials that focus on explaining numerous tactics and techniques related to Logic Pro X, including audio editing, bouncing, sidechain compression, and MIDI separation. This course covers a variety of tools and plugins used in music creation, including the drummer, mixer, library, and APPLE Loops.

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Simon Kirkils Piano Teacher & Pianist in Berlin's Most Famous Hotels created Piano Fastlane - From ZERO to HERO with Piano & Keyboard online certification, which is offered by Udemy and is designed for candidates who want to develop their expertise in playing instruments like piano and keyboard to compose music. Piano Fastlane - From ZERO to HERO with Piano & Keyboard online course by Udemy is designed for individuals of all age groups who want to master new abilities in a short amount of time.

Piano Fastlane - From ZERO to HERO with Piano & Keyboard online classes focus on assisting the candidates learn everything they need to know, from holding and reading sheet music to playing by ear and extending their knowledge. Candidates will receive 33 hours of digital sessions, as well as two articles and 95 downloadable resources, covering topics such as sheet music reading, keys, scales, notes, chords, chord progression, and diminished chords.

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Adventures in Classical Music—Music Appreciation for All!

Adventures in Classical Music—Music Appreciation for All certification course is designed by William Neely - Creator, Developer & Instructor and is presented by Udemy and is aimed at learners who want to learn classical music from the ground up. Adventures in Classical Music—Music Appreciation for All online course by Udemy provides thorough video-based resources to assist students in studying classical music in western countries over the centuries till now.

Adventures in Classical Music—Music Appreciation for All online classes features 31 hours of prerecorded lectures and 16 downloadable resources that cover a wide range of topics related to classical music, such as rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody, notation, timbre, melodic structure, harmonic progression, form, and renaissance. This course also includes portions on the history of rock & roll music, as well as discussions of well-known musicians and composers such as Berlioz, Arnold Schoenberg, Beethoven, Modest Mussorgsky, Mozart, Aaron Copland, Richard Wagner, and Igor Stravinsky.

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Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist

Dan Dresnok - Certified Guitar Teacher designed the Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist online certification, which is available on Udemy and is aimed at applicants who are searching for a complete course to gain the abilities to play guitar. The Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist online course by Udemy begins with the fundamental principles and techniques, considering that candidates have no prior knowledge of the guitar.

Guitar Lessons for the Curious Guitarist online classes incorporate 30 hours of digital learning resources supported by 54 downloadable materials which discuss several chords like open chords, pentatonic chords, CAGED chords, relative chords, extended chords, hybrid chords, barre chords, as well as rhythm, harmonics, notation, TAB, scales, modes, arpeggios, strumming patterns and more. With this course, applicants will also be taught about rhythm theory, music theory, and strategies involving ear training, pitch recognition, sweep picking, chord walking, tapping, and soloing.

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Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar

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Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar online classes contain 33 hours of video-based training material which helps individuals learn to play several forms of guitar music, including jazz, country, rock, blues, and funk in the comfort of their homes, and in their schedule by reading, listening, watching, and practicing. With this course, individuals will learn about chords, scales, notes, chord blocks, strings, guitar tuning, soloing, music reading, chord substitution, chord progression, chord voicing, and a variety of strumming patterns.

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Master Guitar Strumming - Strumming Patterns for the Guitar

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MASTER GUITAR STRUMMING - Strumming Patterns for the Guitar online classes includes more than 32.5 hours of video lessons are included in this class, as well as two articles explaining various chords, chord variations, picking patterns, and strumming patterns such as ghost guitar strum, boom chuck strum, palm muting, rolling percussive guitar strum, a repetitive down guitar strum, hammer-on guitar strumming, sweep guitar strumming, and more. Participants will know the alternative ways to play numerous chords at the end of this course, which makes it much easier to master guitar quicker.

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Htet Aung, Founder, and Instructor at Mxximus established the PMP - Professional Music Production (In the Burmese language) online certification, which is offered by Udemy and is aimed at applicants who have minimal experience in computer music production and want to progress to the competitive level. PMP - Professional Music Production (In the Burmese language) online course by Udemy focuses on giving materials to help students learn how to produce music in Burmese.

PMP - Professional Music Production (In the Burmese language) online classes teach the fundamentals and functions of music production software such as FL Studio, Studio One, and Mxxxmius Records. This course includes 30 hours of extensive video-based training backed up by downloadable resources that cover topics such as music theory, audio science, waveforms, ADSR, vocal recording, ear tuning, and more.

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Complete Guitar Lessons System - Beginner to Advanced online classes comprise 40 hours of detailed lessons and 193 downloadable resources designed to help candidates learn the skills by allowing them to practice strategies. This course will teach candidates about various chords, scales, and keys, as well as numerous guitar techniques such as strumming, fretting, fingerpicking, picking, sting blending, hand muting, chord noodling, guitar sliding, hand sliding, sweep picking tremolo picking, and more.

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