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Arranging & Orchestration, Music Production, Student Stories

How Student Shelbie Rassler Created the Viral “What the World Needs Now” Video

Shelbie Rassler, a senior composition student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Berklee Online student, orchestrated a video of 75 of her peers performing “What the World Needs Now.” She shares how she did it.

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Article

6 Mental Health Tips for Musicians during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on musicians. Therapist Claudia Glaser Mussen, who works with musicians regularly, shares mental health tips to help cope with coronavirus anxieties.

Article, Features

5 Tips for Taking Music Classes Online

Eric Zawada knows a thing or two about taking music classes online as an academic advisor and bachelor's degree student at Berklee Online. He has five tips to help you navigate the musical education experience, whether it's a choice or result of social distancing.

Student studying guitar.
Article, Student Stories

5 Ways for Musicians to Collaborate While Practicing Social Distancing Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Social distancing can be a strange new concept for musicians who are used to playing in bands and being around other creatives on a regular basis. Here are five ways that you can collaborate with other musicians while waiting out coronavirus.

Article, Features, Long Reads, Student Spotlight

Back to School … 40 Years Later: Berklee Grads on Alumni Degree Completion Journey

The details of these graduates’ stories vary, as do the reasons they chose to leave Berklee, but what unites them all is an overwhelming sense of inspiration.

Article, Music Business, Songwriting, Student Spotlight, Student Stories

Berklee Alum Starts Music Production House After Taking ‘Writing and Producing Advertising Music’ Course

After 10 years working in the music industry, Katie Day enrolled in Peter Bell's course at Berklee Online where she learned how to write and produce music for advertising. One year later, she started her own music production house out of Los Angeles.

Voice

7 Tips to Keep Your Singing Voice Healthy in Cold Weather

Winter is a challenging time for vocalists between the dry air, frequent traveling and performing, and increased chance of catching a cold. We have some tips to help your vocal cords combat the cold.

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, 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.

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.

Gear, Music Production

It’s Not Just the Gear!

It’s not the gear that makes great music. You’re the one that writes, plays, and produces the music, not the equipment.

Features

You Already Have Everything You Need to Make Music

Although brand new gear has occasionally accelerated my work, I'm usually left realizing its addition wasn’t as magical as I had hoped.

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