Online music courses through institutions such as Berklee College of Music, Udemy and the Open University cover topics ranging from musical instrument skills and techniques to production and ear training. These institutions offer courses in a wide range of music subjects, some of which are free, and some of which count toward formal bachelor's degrees in music.
Online course titles at the Berklee College of Music include Acoustic Blues Guitar, Basic Ear Training 1 and Reharmonization Techniques, as of 2015. Berklee offers courses in virtually every area of musicianship, music performance, production and music business. Courses can be taken individually, or students can sign up for multiple courses within a certificate program, such as Guitar and Music Production. Additionally, students can take online courses to accrue credits toward bachelor's degrees. As of November 2015, tuition costs at Berklee are $1,449 for individual courses.
Udemy.com offers both free and paid online music courses. Instruction on Udemy focuses on instrumental skills and technique. Free and paid courses include instrument instruction in guitar, banjo, piano and harmonica. All courses require users to create accounts with valid email addresses.
The Open University offers free online courses in subject areas such as music theory, composition, analysis and music research. Music courses include titles such as An Introduction to Music Research and Composition, and Improvisation in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Courses range from introductory to master's levels.