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Halloween costume ideas: a horse, stick of butter, and a priest
Article

Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Song Titles

If you’re racking your brain for last-minute Halloween costume ideas this year, the staff at Berklee Online have got you covered with Halloween costumes inspired by song titles.

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An illuminated jack o' lantern wearing headphones sitting on top of a soundboard surrounded by purple smoke.
Features

Scary Music: a Playlist for Halloween

Faculty members at Berklee Online offer their most haunting and bone-chilling scary music recommendations just in time for Halloween.

Gabrielle Goodman
Article, Voice

Gabrielle Goodman on Vocal Inspiration and Tips

Vocalist and Berklee Online course author Gabrielle Goodman shares what made her want to become a singer, her top vocal health tips, and advice for performance anxiety.

Learn how to write a killer song hook.
Article, Features, Songwriting

How to Write Killer Song Hooks

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

Podcast

Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone on His Career ‘Odessey’ and the ‘Time of the Season’ for Playing Live Again

Colin Blunstone started singing with the Zombies at the age of 16. They broke up shortly after releasing their 1968 masterpiece, “Odessey and Oracle,” but reformed in 2000, and have been going strong ever since.

The 1978 "Halloween" movie image of a jack-o'-lantern figure holding a knife.
Features, Lesson Content

‘Halloween’ Theme: What Makes the Music so Scary?

The music from the 1978 film “Halloween” was revolutionary, not just because director John Carpenter also composed the score, but because of Carpenter’s adventurous use of early synth pads and stabs, which helped him create one of the most powerful and creepiest soundtracks of all time.

Rain Essex creating music on her laptap with mountains in the background.
Article, Features, Student Stories

Transfer Students Hit Their Stride at Berklee Online

Traditional four-year music programs can be restrictive to active musicians. Three students share their stories about how transferring to Berklee Online has allowed them to pursue their music careers close to home and on the road.

This pink car once belonged to 2 Chainz, and sat in front of the celebrated, now-defunct Pink Trap House in Atlanta.
Article, Features

Trap Music: Where It Came from and Where It’s Going

Characterized by busy hi-hats, heavy sub-bass, super rhythmic snares, and deep 808 kick drums, learn how trap music has influenced the entire direction of pop music.

Sushant KC
Article, Music Production, Songwriting, Student Spotlight

Sushant KC Proves Pursuing Music is a Viable Path in Nepal

Sushant KC is pursuing his bachelor’s in Songwriting and Producing Music at Berklee Online and strives to prove music is a viable career for Nepalese youth.

A musician working at a soundboard in a recording studio.
Features, 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!

Shalom "J.Storm" Miller in a music studio with his arms open wide
Article, Music Business, Music Production

Shalom ‘J.Storm’ Miller on Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Bad Boy Records, BMI, and Artist Management

Berklee Online degree student Shalom "J.Storm" Miller talks about his two decade-long career in the music business, which includes collaborating with Beyoncé and Missy Elliott, working in the licensing department at BMI, and starting his own music management business out of Nashville.

Chris Read WhoSampled
Features, Software

WhoSampled: Chris Read on the Art and History of Sampling Music

WhoSampled is the leading destination for sample-based music, covers, and remixes, housing the world’s most comprehensive database of music. Chris Read, the Head of Content at WhoSampled, opens up about what drives this powerhouse of a music discovery service.

Article

Berklee Online Announces Songwriting Master’s Degree

Bonnie Hayes wants you to throw out the idea that songwriting can only be done when inspiration hits. Hayes is the director of Berklee Online’s new Master of Arts in Songwriting degree program, and has designed the curriculum to prepare students to write marketable songs at a moment’s notice.

Larissa Luz, Xenia Franca, and Luedji Luna are shown performing together
Features

28 Black Musicians Whose Names You Should Know

In case you missed it: We celebrated Black History Month by highlighting 28 Black musicians whose names you should know, from unsung heroes to up and comers who you’ll hear from soon.

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 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.

Article, Features, 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.

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.

A music producer sitting at a sound board in a recording studio.
Features, Music Production

Music Production: What Does a Music Producer Do?

Learn what music production is, what's involved in the process, what music producers do, as well as what a career in music production looks like.

Guitar, Lesson Content

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!

A woman applying critical listening to four different songs.
Features, Songwriting

4 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.

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

Vanessa Carlton on 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.

Features

25 Influential Female Rockers Through the Decades

During Women's History Month, learn about 25 of the most influential female rockers with the help of Berklee Online's Rock History course.

Seattle-based singer Lady A
Podcast

Lady A on Musical Life and Legal Battle with Band Formerly Known as Lady Antebellum

Lady A (the Seattle-based singer) discusses her ongoing dispute with Lady A (the Nashville-based trio), as well as her long career in music and how her life experiences brought her to this moment.

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!

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.

A hand holds a cell phone, featuring the TikTok logo on the screen, towards the clouded sky.  
Features

TikTok: How To Get Your Music Discovered

Berklee students Rosie Scher and Brandon Harris are just two of the many who have recently earned TikTok fame, and examining the details of their stories will help you get your music discovered on TikTok too.

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.

Podcast

Martha Reeves on Dancing in the Street, the Vandellas, and the Motown Sound

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.

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.

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

Therapist holds the hands of a patient.
Article, Features

The Music Industry is Having a Mental Health Crisis

The music industry was experiencing a mental health crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it has intensified even more.
Learn about the organization Backline that is helping people in the music industry get the care they need.

Woman scoring music for video games.
Lesson Content, Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games

Scoring for Games: Top Techniques for Composing Music for Interactive Media

Michael Sweet shares eight techniques that can be used to score interactive music for video games.

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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