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Article, Study Music Online

Berklee Online Launches New Masterclass Series in February 2023

With Berklee Online's new Masterclass series, students can experience the renowned curriculum of Berklee College of Music in a one-time, two-hour long live session led by a Berklee instructor for just $99.

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Article

2022 Berklee Online Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians

It’s go-time for holiday gift shopping, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift idea for the musician or music lover in your life, the staff at Berklee Online have you covered.

A piano with holiday lights running along the keys.
Features, Songwriting

How to Write Original Holiday Songs

’Tis the season to spice up your catalog of originals with holiday songwriting tips courtesy of songwriter Brady Rymer, Berklee Online songwriting instructors Andrea Stolpe and Jimmy Kachulis, as well as Berklee’s Joe Bennett, who helped compose what is winkingly known as “the happiest Christmas song, according to science.”

Performance, Podcast

Darlene Love Talks Holidays, Phil Spector, and ‘20 Feet from Stardom’

Whether you know Darlene Love from her smash hit, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Phil Spector holiday album, or from her profile in the film, "20 Feet From Stardom," this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is a force to be reckoned with. She just turned 80, and she can still bring it, onstage! This 2018 interview with her is one for the ages.

Woman sitting at piano with microphone
Article, News

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.

Sean Thomas with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill from New Edition.
Article, Study Music Online

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.

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Article, Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games

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 and his professional certificate from Berklee Online
Article, Performance

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.

Guitar Pedals, Rated by Berklee Guitar Instructors!
Article, Gear, Guitar

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!

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Article, Music Production

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 | two music supervisors
Article, Music Business

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.

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.

Arooj Aftab Music Is My Life interview
Podcast

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.

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.

Podcast

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!

DAW (digital audio workstation) interface on a computer screen
Article, Music Production

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.

Whitney Marchell Jackson
Article

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 their first day of school in Incheon, South Korea.
Article

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.

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

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.

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.

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Article, Electronic Music

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.

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Article

Music NFTs: What You Need to Know as a Musician and Fan

Some say that music NFTs are the future of the music industry, while others say that they’re a fad that will come and go. Let’s talk about what music NFTs are, how to buy and sell them, and what two Berklee community members say about their viability.

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.

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.

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.

José González
Podcast

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.

Hip-hop artist and fancy dancer Supaman.
Article

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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