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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.”

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Marisa ‘Dynamyte’ Kouroubacalis, drummer in The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Disney’s ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ Features Marisa ‘Dynamyte’ Kouroubacalis

Marisa Kouroubacalis is a singer, songwriter, and drummer who goes by the artist name Dynamyte. Hear how this Berklee Online student landed a principal role in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” streaming on Disney+ November 25.

Sparsh Shah

Sparsh Shah: Checking a Berklee Degree off His List of Dreams

Sparsh Shah’s cover of Eminem’s “Not Afraid” went viral when he was just 13 years old. Now at 19, Sparsh has traveled the world as a singer, songwriter, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and Guinness World Record holder. He talks about earning his bachelor’s degree at Berklee Online.

Matthew Gentile and Scott Gentile at the world premiere of American Murderer.

Scott Gentile on Scoring His Brother’s Feature Film ‘American Murderer’

Scott Gentile, who earned his professional certificate in Composing and Orchestrating for Film and TV, discusses scoring the feature film “American Murderer,” directed by his brother, Matthew Gentile.

Hip-hop artist and fancy dancer Supaman.

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.

Bethany and Blake Jourasin singing at their wedding.

Bethany and Blake Jurasin on Being Partners in Life and Music

Berklee alumni Bethany and Blake Jurasin discuss what it’s like to be married musicians, how they won their 2020 wedding, and how their musical paths led them to each other.

Sean Thomas with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill from New Edition.

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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2022 Music Production Master’s Grads Awarded by iZotope, Sweetwater, and Slate Digital

Six members of Berklee Online’s Music Production master’s class of 2022—Kristen Long, Dan Minchom, Rossely Paul, Owen Longjohn, Craig Limey, and Christopher T. Thompson Sr.—have been recognized with awards for their excellence in music production for innovation, multicultural diversity, and engineering.

Seba Stephens and his professional certificate from Berklee Online

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.

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Berklee Online Collaborators Win 2022 Daytime Emmy Award

Berklee Online course authors Brad Hatfield and Gaye Tolan Hatfield have earned a 2022 Daytime Emmy Award, along with Lydia Harrell, Jeff Meegan, and RC Cates, for “Outstanding Original Song.” The winning track is titled “Grateful For It All” and appeared on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”