A VU meter on a stereo console shows the levels of a song when audio mastering techniques have been executed.

Music Mastering: Techniques from the Pros

In music mastering, our ears, loudspeakers, and room acoustics play pivotal roles in shaping what we perceive as quality sound. In this excerpt from the Berklee Online course Audio Mastering Techniques, professors Marc-Dieter Einstmann and Jonathan Wyner discuss the importance of these three components.

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Music Modes: Major and Minor Modal Scales in Music Theory

As we remember Paul Schmeling, the author of the first Berklee Online course, we share this insightful lesson on mastering the major and minor music modes with this excerpt from his course, Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm.

Molly Tuttle on Weaving Her Bluegrass and Punk Rock Music Backgrounds

Molly Tuttle’s “… but i’d rather be with you” is a collection of seemingly disparate cover songs—running the gamut from Rancid to the Grateful Dead—that got the singer through tough times in her life. She recorded it as a coronavirus lockdown project to get others through similar tough times.

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Pianist Matt Rollings: How to Be a Session Musician People Want to Hire

Grammy-winning producer, pianist, and songwriter Matt Rollings shares what it takes to be a successful session musician, including what to charge and when to say yes or no to a project. He also shares how his recording career took off after he said yes to a young Lyle Lovett. 

A colorful illustration shows modulation through the concept of changing keys.

Modulation 101: Berklee Online Instructors on How to Leap into a Key Change

Modulation can inject a song with a jolt of interest, but it takes skill to make a key change work. Be advised, songwriters: Use modulation in moderation. And learn from these Berklee Online instructors, sharing their favorite songs to feature key changes.

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Berklee Online Music Courses Unlock Potential in Juvenile Justice Programs

Berklee Online has partnered with the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts, and other juvenile justice programs across the US, to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking online music courses.

Psychoacoustics in Music Production course author Susan Rogers is pictured in a burgundy blazer.

WATCH: ‘This is What it Sounds Like’ Author Susan Rogers Berklee Onsite 2023 Keynote Address

In this keynote address from Berklee Onsite 2023, famed recording engineer Susan Rogers implores music makers to think more about their listeners, using science and statistics to back it up!

Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs.

The Best and Worst Romantic Song Lyrics

Learn why the Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” has the best romantic song lyrics of all time, and why Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” is, well, not perfect.

A MIDI controller could be a keyboard or something different.

Buying a MIDI Controller? Here’s What to Know

When purchasing a MIDI controller, there are a variety of factors worth considering. In this article from the brand new Knowledge Base, the Berklee Online Support Staff walks you through everything you need to know.

A woman stands outside in the cold, singing and performing music for a crowd of shoppers and revelers.

7 Tips to Keep Your Singing Voice Healthy in Cold Weather

Winter is a challenging time for vocalists between the dry air, frequent traveling and performing, and increased chance of catching a cold. We have some tips to help your vocal cords combat the cold.