School News Berkleemusic Adds Five New College-Credit Guitar Courses and Programs
Berklee College of Music Pioneers Revolutionary Approach to Online
Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music,
announced the addition of five new online guitar courses and five
new college-credit guitar certificate programs to their online curriculum.
Courses include Guitar Scales 101, Amps, Effects, and Getting
Your Guitar Sound, Guitar Chords 101, Blues Guitar Workshop,
and Recording and Producing for Guitarists. The online extension
school has enrolled 3000 students in more than 75 countries around the
globe since it opened its online doors two years ago.
Berkleemusic's instructor-led approach to online teaching is what sets
it apart, providing students with access to Berklee's renowned faculty
and curriculum. The online guitar courses are based on the same curriculum
that is taught on the physical campus but incorporate a variety of media-rich
cutting-edge technologies developed specifically for guitar instruction
in the online medium. Berklee's professors agree that one of the major
benefits of the courses are the ease at which personal interaction takes
place, between them and among the students, fostering a powerful community.
"We spent a great deal of time exploring the technology and teaching
of online performance-based courses. Before adding any courses to the
catalog, we made sure that they would be of the same high quality as that
of the brick-and-mortar guitar courses for which Berklee is so well known,"
mentions Debbie Cavalier, the Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee.
Students have direct access with their instructor through weekly scheduled
chats, which also allow for lesson discussion between classmates. Additionally,
students upload their assignments as MP3 files to their instructor for
"This is a must have course for guitar players no matter what level
of playing experience," says John Jenkins, who just finished Guitar
Chords 101. "The way the course was laid out and presented was brilliant.
The audio and video clips greatly reinforced the material being taught.
I've searched through a lot of online guitar instruction out there and
this Berklee course was by far the best."
Guitar certificate programs run from one year to three years in length,
and provide a comprehensive background in production and guitar, songwriting
and guitar, and foundational guitar skills. All online courses and programs
are accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges),
the same institution that accredits Berklee College of Music.