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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.


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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.”

Divinity Roxx on Playing Bass with Beyoncé and Victor Wooten

2022 has been a banner year for Divinity Roxx. In the spring she graduated from Berklee Online, and in November she was nominated for a Grammy! Help celebrate her success by listening to this “Music is My Life” interview from our archives.

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Berklee Online and BreakFree Education Collaborate to Offer Music Courses to Incarcerated Students

Music education is not a priority in US juvenile justice facilities, and BreakFree Education and Berklee Online are teaming up to try and change that.

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Distortion and Fuzz Guitar Effect Pedals: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to guitar effects, most guitarists will begin their journey with distortion, fuzz, or overdrive. So what’s the difference? Guitarist and gear fanatic Mark Hopkins weighs in.

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.

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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.