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January 11th
School News UCLA Extension To Offer Online Courses

Pictured L-R are UCLA Extension's Jane Kagon and Pascale Halm
(Photo by David Goggin)

Boston, MA, August, 2005 -- Berkleemusic, the online extension school of Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, has partnered with UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies as the newest member of its online Partnership Learning Program.

UCLA will be offering five of Berkleemusic's courses: Desktop Music Production for PC, Sound Design for the Electronic Musician, Producing Music with Reason, Sampling and Audio Production, and Producing Music with Digital Performer.

"At this time in history, with globalization and the digital revolution, the key to success for educational institutions and students alike, are collaborations such as the one with the Berklee College of Music and UCLA Extension," explained Jane Kagon, Director of the Department of Entertainment Studies & Performing Arts, "It is critically important to form these high level alliances in order to effectively support the next generation of artists and entertainment industry professionals."

Pascale Halm, Program Director, Department of Entertainment Studies, added, "We are thrilled to work with Berkleemusic because they have developed courses that are technologically very strong and ones which really supplement the curriculum we offer to the students.  It gives them access to technology and subject matter that is absolutely state-of-the-art."

The Partnership Learning Program enables colleges throughout the U.S. to supplement their music education programs by offering Berklee's online curriculum and provides students access to Berklee's esteemed faculty. The New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) accredits all of Berkleemusic's courses and certificate programs which are accepted at partner institutions.

"Berkleemusic's media-rich online courses are a perfect complement to UCLA Extension's comprehensive course curriculum," concluded Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Berklee's Continuing Education division.