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Article, Faculty Spotlight, Music Production

High Fidelity Music Streaming: Can You Tell the Difference?

First there was TIDAL, and now there's Amazon Music HD, another mainstream high-fidelity streaming service. Berklee Online instructors Jonathan Wyner, Erin Barra, Prince Charles Alexander, and Sean Slade share their thoughts on music streaming quality and whether it matters to music industry professionals like themselves, the average listener, and the audiophile.

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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!

Article, Features, Music Business

What The Police Taught Me About Slow Touring: A Berklee Online Instructor on Booking Sting’s First US Dates

I first learned about one of the more clever touring strategies when I booked a date on the debut US tour of the now multiplatinum band the Police.

Article, Faculty Spotlight

Forensic Musicologists Need to Know These 5 Things

When Dr. Joe Bennett is not acting in his position as a vice president for Berklee College of Music, he investigates copyright infringement in the music industry as a forensic musicologist.

Faculty Spotlight, Performance

Jazz Solo Improvisation with Gary Burton

Jazz legend and Berklee Online instructor Gary Burton shares his tips for jazz solo improvisation.

Guitar, Podcast

PODCAST EPISODE 033: Ritzy Bryan of Joy Formidable Talks Music Business, Relationships, and Finding Her Sound

Ritzy Bryan of the Joy Formidable discusses why her Welsh heritage is so important to her music, how her time on Atlantic Records helped inform her understanding of the music business, and how her guitar acrobatics hurt her Fender as well as the forehead of Joy Formidable bassist Rhydian Dafydd. 

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 (Part One)

Over the course of four articles, published every Monday this month, I’m going to suggest 20 songwriting activities to help 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.

Article, Features, Voice

10 Tips for a Successful Vocal Recording Session in a Studio

Recording vocals is more stressful than most other instruments, because the quality of the recording depends on so many factors that are all up to you!

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