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Salem Ilese "Mad at Disney"
Features

Salem Ilese and Berklee’s Bonnie Hayes on Viral TikTok Hit ‘Mad at Disney’

Salem Ilese and Berklee Songwriting Chair Bonnie Hayes discuss Ilese's viral TikTok hit "Mad at Disney," which has millions of streams on Spotify.

Discover

Jeannie Gagne singing into microphone.
Lesson Content, Voice

Singing Lessons to Develop Your Sound and Style

In these five singing lessons, learn about breath support, agility and flexibility of the voice, how to match pitch, and more with the help of Jeannie Gagné.

Jamelle Houston
Article, Music Business, Student Spotlight, Student Stories

Jamelle Houston on his Grandfather’s Legacy, his Nonprofit, and BLM

Incoming Berklee Online master's student Jamelle Houston discusses his music career and what keeps him coming back to his hometown of Temple, Texas.

Drive-in concerts
Article

Live Music 2020: Can Drive-In Concerts Bridge Social Distance?

Drive-in concerts are the latest salve for the live music industry during the pandemic. As a handful are scheduled for the remaining warm months in the US, is it worth it to experience live music this way?

Freesia Towle DJing.
Features

Academic Advisor by Day, DJ by Night: Freesia Towle’s 5 Tips to Start DJing

Academic advising and DJing share the common requirements of empathy and emotional intelligence. Academic Advisor and DJ Freesia Towle shares her five tips to start DJing.

Article

10 Must-Listen ‘Music is My Life’ Podcast Episodes

Catch up on episodes of the ‘Music Is My Life’ podcast that you missed before the next season begins.

Berklee Online Student Floyd Foster
Article, Student Spotlight, Student Stories

Berklee Online Student Floyd Foster on What Black Lives Matter Means to Him

Bassist and Berklee Online student Floyd Foster talks about what Black Lives Matter means to him as a musician and father of three.

Man playing guitar in his bedroom and learning how to cover a song on YouTube.
Performance

5 Tips for Covering Songs on YouTube

Before you launch your own cover music channel, here are 5 tips to help you connect with YouTube’s nearly 2 billion monthly users!

Podcast

Martha Reeves on ‘Dancing in the Street,’ the Vandellas Name, the Motown Sound, and 50+ Years in the Music Business

Martha Reeves reflects on the timeless appeal of “Dancing in the Street,” how the social movements of the 1960s compare to today’s Black Lives Matter movement, as well as her storied career with Motown.

Gabrielle Davis stands in front of a colorful brick wall wearing headphones.
Article, Features, Music Business, Student Spotlight, Student Stories

Berklee Online Alum Gabrielle Davis’ Nonprofit Offers Music Education to Students in Flint

Gabrielle Davis is a drummer, a DJ, a new mother, and a graduate of Berklee Online. In 2014, she founded her music mentoring nonprofit, Dream League, to offer music education for students in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Man with a guitar writing a protest song.
Article, Features, Long Reads, Songwriting

How to Write a Protest Song

If you’re looking to express your anger and frustration, especially now in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, put your feelings to song.

Features, Student Spotlight

Budapest Scoring Orchestra Brings Life to Student Film Scores from Across the Ocean

Behind the scenes with four Berklee Online Film Scoring grad students, who recently got to serve as music directors while an orchestra in Budapest performed scores the students had written.

Man standing on top of a mountain observing the view and deep in thought about writing song lyrics.
Songwriting

How to Write Song Lyrics

Learn how to write song lyrics for the first time with these five steps from singer and multiplatinum songwriter Andrea Stolpe at Berklee Online.

Vanessa Carlton's latest album is "Love Is an Art."
Podcast

Vanessa Carlton on ‘Love Is An Art,’ Pandemics, Psychedelics, and Stevie Nicks

Vanessa Carlton engages in a candid discussion about the seedy underbelly of the music industry, why followups to “A Thousand Miles” were more successful than some of the men on her team wanted her to believe, and why “Love Is An Art” marks a new beginning for her.

Article, Faculty Spotlight

5 Music Therapy Techniques to Help You Cope during Quarantine

Joy Allen and Suzanne Hanser of Berklee's Music Therapy department share five music therapy techniques to help you cope during quarantine.

Article, Faculty Spotlight, Music Production, Study Music Online

10 Ways to Make Online Teaching Engaging

Erin Barra teaches music production for Berklee Online and at the Berklee College of Music campus in Boston. She has been helping her fellow faculty members get up to speed with online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Her 10 tips for making online teaching engaging extend beyond music and production and are helpful to anyone teaching an online course.

Arranging & Orchestration, Music Production, Student Stories

How Student Shelbie Rassler Created the Viral “What the World Needs Now” Video

Shelbie Rassler, a senior composition student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Berklee Online student, orchestrated a video of 75 of her peers performing “What the World Needs Now.” She shares how she did it.

Performance

7 Tips for a Successful Live Concert Stream

There are more live concerts to stream online than ever before. These seven tips will help you optimize your own live stream, with input from jazz drummer Matt Jorgensen and singer/songwriter Jill Andrews.

Article

6 Mental Health Tips for Musicians during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on musicians. Therapist Claudia Glaser Mussen, who works with musicians regularly, shares mental health tips to help cope with coronavirus anxieties.

Article, Features

5 Tips for Taking Music Classes Online

Eric Zawada knows a thing or two about taking music classes online as an academic advisor and bachelor's degree student at Berklee Online. He has five tips to help you navigate the musical education experience, whether it's a choice or result of social distancing.

Student studying guitar.
Article, Student Stories

5 Ways for Musicians to Collaborate While Practicing Social Distancing Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Social distancing can be a strange new concept for musicians who are used to playing in bands and being around other creatives on a regular basis. Here are five ways that you can collaborate with other musicians while waiting out coronavirus.

Article, Features, Long Reads, Student Spotlight

Back to School … 40 Years Later: Berklee Grads on Alumni Degree Completion Journey

The details of these graduates’ stories vary, as do the reasons they chose to leave Berklee, but what unites them all is an overwhelming sense of inspiration.

Article, Music Business, Songwriting, Student Spotlight, Student Stories

Katie Day Starts Music Production House After Berklee Online Course

After 10 years working in the music industry, Katie Day enrolled in Peter Bell's course at Berklee Online where she learned how to write and produce music for advertising. One year later, she started her own music production house out of Los Angeles.

Songwriting

Four Critical Listening Tips for Songwriters

One of the most important techniques you can learn as a songwriter is how to listen critically. We start by breaking the different components of a song into four large moving parts: Melody, Chords, Lyric, and Groove.

Music Business, Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games, Music Production

Top 10 Careers in the Music Business (and How Much Money You Can Make)

When you think of a career in music, you might start with the performers who are center stage. But when you pull back the curtain, you’ll find people with an array of music business jobs and careers that help make performances possible. And there's money to be made here!

Music Business

Band Name Ideas That Will Make You Stand Out on Google

You know what SEO means, right? Search Engine Optimization: Optimize your band name for the search engines! Don’t pick something ungoogleable!

Music Business

8 Tips for Marketing Your Music

Creating an album or planning a tour is only half the battle. An effective multi-channel, diversified, and integrated music marketing campaign helps make sure the right people buy and engage with you.

Features, Gear

What the Sequential TOM Drum Machine (and Knight Rider) Can Teach Us about MIDI Implementation

A beat from a 1980s drum machine, combined with a 1980s TV show and new technology make for a wild ride.

Features, News, Student Spotlight

97 Percent Student Satisfaction Rate at Berklee Online

Berklee Online is proud to report an unprecedented result of 97 percent overall satisfaction among graduating students!

Article

5 Ways to Stop Writing the Same Old Song

When songwriters write with any regularity, it’s natural to reach a point where many of our songs sound similar. Here are 5 ways out of a songwriting rut!

Article, Songwriting

How to Write Songs with Killer Hooks

Great song hooks break boundaries surrounding genre, generational listening preferences, and longevity. Here are five characteristics to consider when writing a hook.

Guitar

Guitar Chords 101: Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard

Chord inversions help to smooth out motion from chord to chord, harmonize melodies, and allow smooth bass motion. On the guitar, use of inversions allows the player to be able to play some form of a given chord virtually anywhere on the neck. Inversions are your friend!

The Roaring Crowdfund

The Roaring Crowdfund

In this five-episode podcast from Berklee Online, the online school of Berklee College of Music, we examine four very different musical acts, and track their progress across various crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter, PledgeMusic, and Indiegogo.

Songwriting

20 Tips to Write 20 Songs in 20 Days

Andrea Stolpe offers 20 songwriting activities to help you push outside the writing process that may be familiar to you.

Faculty Spotlight, Features, Video

Prince, Biggie, Lou Reed, Radiohead, and More: Berklee Online Graduate Instructors Are Kind of a Big Deal

Berklee Online has released a series of animated videos to celebrate its online master’s offerings.

Article, Features, Music Business

6 Red Flags to Watch for before Signing with a Manager, Agent, or A&R Rep

Now more than ever it is important that artists arm themselves with business smarts and knowledge to avoid falling into a bad or even predatory business deal.

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