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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.

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Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia on Walias Band, Dahlak Band, and Fleeing Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia is an accordionist, keyboardist, and bandleader from Ethiopia, where he played with Walias Band and Dahlak Band before defecting to the US.

Raffa DeFaria and Camilla DeFaria are part of the Class of 2021 for Berklee Online.

Berklee Online’s 2021 Graduates Overcome Adversity and Dream Big

This is the second year that Berklee’s Commencement will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 graduates have been through their share of adversity to get where they are today, but they are stronger, more resilient, and ready to take on the music industry.

Roman Falkenstein

Roman Falkenstein on Winning the 2021 International Original Soundtrack French Film Scoring Competition

Watching good films puts Roman Falkenstein in a good mood, so when he has to compose for one, he brings that joy into his music. Recently, the Latvia-based Berklee Online student translated this emotion into music so successfully that he won the French National Film Scoring Competition’s Original Soundtrack (OST) Challenge.

Sushant KC

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.

Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon on Making Album Covers for Prince, Van Halen, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac

Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon are partners in life, love, and business, and have designed classic album covers by iconic acts like Fleetwood Mac and Prince. The pair discuss what it was like to work with these artists as well as how they met, why they moved from LA to Iowa, and the secret to a long-lasting partnership.

mike king

Music Business Advice from Mike King

Mike’s music business advice has influenced thousands of musicians at Berklee and beyond. He shares how he got started, as well as his top tips.

Neil Larocque on Getting Through 2020 with His Guitar

Student Neil Larocque talks about being separated from his family in China during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how playing guitar helped him through.

Kamilah Marshall on Broadway Credits (Rent, Lion King, Hairspray) and Starting Berklee Online with BFFs

Kamilah Marshall discusses Broadway roles, touring with Bette Midler, Matthew Morrison from Glee, and going back to school.

Billie Eilish, photographed by Lars Crommelinck, courtesy of Wiki Commons

2021 Grammy Awards: Advice from Nominated Female Songwriters

Since the 2021 Grammy Awards happened to be rescheduled to take place during Women’s History Month, we spotlight these tips from the Grammy-nominated and award-winning female songwriters.