Music Business Law Facts Every Musician Needs to Know
You’re more likely to pave a successful professional career in the music industry for yourself when you understand the basics of music business and music law. In this article, we’re going to get into some music business law fundamentals you should know first.
Berklee Online Holds 2023 Berklee Onsite Music Conference June 2-3
On June 2-3, Berklee Online will hold its sixth annual Berklee Onsite conference at the Berklee College of Music campus in Boston. Berklee Onsite 2023 is two days of workshops, panels, performances, and networking events, open to Berklee Online students and the music community at large.
Berklee Online Announces Three New Degree Programs
Berklee Online will unveil three new degree programs over the next year: a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Music Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance.
Where Are They Now? Updates from 6 Berklee Online Alumni
If there’s one thing that the vast network of Berklee Online alumni prove, it’s that success can take many different forms and manifest in many impressive career paths. We checked in with six Berklee Online alumni that we previously covered in Take Note, to see what they were doing after graduating, and how they were applying their degrees.
Video Game Music: A Look into the Past and Present
Take a closer look into video game music of the past, and how it has impacted the present (and might impact the future). Plus, learn how listeners are enjoying video game music outside of the gaming context.
Seba Stephens (Age 10) Earns a Professional Certificate from Berklee Online
Seba Stephens—and his dad, Everett Stephens—share what it’s been like for a 10-year-old who took to music so young and so fast, taking music courses at a college level.
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.
Best Guitar Pedals According to Berklee Instructors
If you could only use one pedal for the rest of your guitar-playing life, what would it be, and why? That is precisely what we asked a number of the course authors in the Berklee Guitar department. Their answers may surprise you!
Mixing Music: What is Sound Mixing?
Sound mixing is a combination of art and technology with the end goal of creating a new sonic reality. Learn the basics of mixing music, including its history, sound mixing techniques, and the various responsibilities of a mixing engineer.
Music Supervision: What Does a Music Supervisor Do?
You never know when a music supervision opportunity might present itself, which is why adding music supervision to your skill sets could set you up to be a valuable member of a production team.
28 Black Musicians Whose Names You Should Know
In honor of Black History Month, we highlight 28 Black musicians whose names you should know, from unsung heroes to up and comers who you’ll hear from soon.
Arooj Aftab on ‘Vulture Prince,’ Grammy Noms, Genius.com, and Berklee
Arooj Aftab began getting notice with a viral cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” more than 15 years ago, but with two Grammy nominations, she has finally arrived. Her “Vulture Prince” album is a stunning work that frequently reaches transcendence.
Bruce Hornsby on New Album and Having the Most Diverse Array of Collaborators Ever
Bruce Hornsby discusses his humble start in a Grateful Dead cover band, his mega breakthrough with “The Way It Is,” and his recent indie rock resurgence via his collaborations with members of Bon Iver. And yes, he also discusses how surreal it was to play 100+ shows with the real Grateful Dead!
What is the Best DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)?
If you want to begin a career in recording music, you just need a personal computer with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Here’s a list of the different DAWs to help you pick which one is best for you.
Jazz Singer and Berklee Online Student Marchell Jackson on Going Back to School in Her 70s
Marchell Jackson’s life in music officially began when she and her friends started a vocal group in the 1960s, and it continues to this day, where at the age of 71 she is a working performer and a Berklee Online student.
Audi Ellis on Pursuing the Arts as a Visually Impaired Creator
Berklee Online certificate student Audi Ellis discusses her passion for figure skating, cello, and acting, and being empowered as a visually impaired creator.
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.
How to Get Started Making Electronic Music: Compose a Track a Day for 100 Days
Berklee Online course author Loudon Stearns created the #hundredtrackhive project for his class to help them get into the habit of writing a song every day for 100 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
José González on Secular Humanism, ‘Local Valley,’ and Lyrical Inspiration
José González used to have difficulty writing lyrics, but with his new studio album, “Local Valley,” he has tapped into new sources of inspiration.
Indigenous Musicians You Should Listen To Now
November in the US is National Native American Heritage Month. Here is a playlist of Indigenous musicians who you should listen to now.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!