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Orchestration: How to Write for an Orchestra

“It is assumed that, if you can write for orchestra, you can write for anything.” An agent once told me that, and I took it to heart so much that I wrote two courses to help you get where you need to be with orchestration. Here is an excerpt.


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.

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How to Use FL Sampler in FL Studio

When it comes to producing contemporary music of any kind—hip-hop, EDM, or any of the many subgenres within the hip-hop or EDM world—it’s very important to know about sound design, i.e., how to create your own custom sounds. In this lesson excerpt, we’ll take a look at FL Sampler within FL Studio to learn how to manipulate a sample and create a unique sound.

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.

Andrea Stolpe

Andrea Stolpe Wins UPCEA Exemplary Teaching Award

Andrea Stolpe has won the 2022 Exemplary Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. This award honors a professional, continuing, or online education faculty member for outstanding teaching.

Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist: Music to Celebrate

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. It is a month to reflect and celebrate Hispanic culture’s influence in America. To help you get in the spirit we’ve put together a playlist of 15 Hispanic artists you need to know about.

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.

Vicente Avella on Exploring the ‘Physics of Light’

Musicians have explored light and darkness since, well, probably the beginning of light and darkness. Or at least since the beginning of music. But composer, pianist, and Berklee Online instructor Vicente Avella is doing something different with his new “Physics of Light” album.

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.