Berkleemusic's students come from more than 75 countries around the world. While their backgrounds are diverse, our online students are united by a passion for music and a common goal to become better musicians.
Many people in Matt Bachand’s situation would be content to rest on their laurels. After all, he has a fulltime gig touring the world with successful Springfield, Massachusetts-based hard rock band, Shadows Fall.
Zac Baird, keyboard player in the band Korn, uses Ableton Live every day in his creative work—but still felt he could do more. This winter, amid a flurry of marathon studio sessions, taping an unplugged show for MTV, and an exciting creative burst, he took Producing Music with Ableton Live. Some of the new concepts he learned have found their way into Korn’s new album, due out this July.
With the help of a Berkleemusic scholarship awarded to him at the International Jazz Fest in Veracruz, Mexico, Diáloga now has the knowledge to pass on his love of the guitar to another generation of players.
What’s life without taking some chances? After owning and operating a successful dentist practice in Gainsville, Fla., Jim Blaney decided to pack up his family, pursue his musical dream of getting a publishing deal, and follow his muse to Music City USA – Nashville.
Bonica joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and while he continues to be proud of his decision to serve his country, Berkleemusic has allowed him to pursue studying what he truly loves, music.
In the late 1990s, Mike Breen was playing guitar in a successful alternative rock band in Seattle that seemed to be on the verge of breaking through. Instead, the band broke up, and Mike walked away from music completely. Seven years later, he is now living in Japan, studying at the Kunitachi Music Academy in Tokyo, and getting started on a career in music, as a guitar teacher and vintage gear merchant.
"Getting my position with Kurzweil would not have been possible without the training I received through Berkleemusic," says Berkleemusic Alum Rick Breen.
Ask Berkleemusic student Rico Brooks what he likes most about studying the music business online and you're likely to get a quick, in-flight reply sent from his Blackberry. That's because the one-time retailer is now managing some of the hottest rap and hip-hop artists on the market: "We have about 2-3 shows per week," he says from the road. "It’s been like this for the past two years!"
Bunton has almost completed his master certificate in Music Production and Technology with Berkleemusic, and for this mostly self-taught DJ, his online experience rounds out what was already a quite impressive musical resume.
Brandon Bush, keyboardist with the bands Train and Sugarland, is living the dream; traveling the country and playing to packed auditoriums every night.
This multi-faceted producer, writer, and musician had already achieved a successful career as an entrepreneur in the music business when he decided to take a creative leap forward by enrolling in Berkleemusic’s Master Certificate in Music Production and Technology.
Since the release of the gold-selling third album, Love on the Inside, it’s been an intense and amazing experience for Sugarland touring band members (and Berkleemusic online students) Brandon Bush, Annie Clements, and Thad Beaty.
Toronto’s Kat Colbourn credits Berkleemusic with a lot - for showing her the nuts and bolts of how the music business of today operates and for giving her the skills and credibility she needed to land her very first job in the music industry.
Arranger and bass player for Australian Idol and Berkleemusic online student shares his experiences working on one of Australia's biggest hit shows.
After studying online, Del Couch opened a successful home studio where he records local musical greats Duck Dunn (Booker T. and the MGs), and Dickie Betts of Allman Brothers fame.
Decades after successful businessman Mike Dreese had finished his marketing studies at M.I.T., he decided to go back to school – but this time he chose a virtual classroom.
Ronicle "Niko" Ellison, a vocalist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, wanted to further his music education, but needed a flexible program to fit with his busy life on the road
Robin Goodchild, a Commercial Music Production graduate of England’s University of Manchester, and apprentice audio engineer at Ocean Way, recently completed his first online course with Berkleemusic, Music Theory 101.
Thanks to Ihor Gowda, and his Music Marketing online coursework, singer/songwriter Suzanna Choffel is touring nationally and has over 450 thousand views of her new single on YouTube.
”I always wanted to work with music in some way. It is my passion,” says online student Fernando Grecco, in a video chat from his home in Sao Paolo. “But life for musicians is not easy anywhere in the world, and Brazil is no different."
"By the end of Music Publishing 101 I was fully prepared to start my own music publishing company. I feel like I have acquired a lifetime's worth of industry knowledge and business experience in a single class."
Jeanine Guidry is not your average songwriter. As the lead singer of the Richmond, Virginia-based band Offering, Guidry is a sharp-minded businesswoman with an impeccably un-businesslike mission: to make music make a difference in the world. Jeanine is also the president of the newly-formed Berkleemusic Student Board.
Five years ago, Owen Gurry had a career as a data analyst, and the guitar was nothing more than a weekend hobby. He enrolled in Berkleemusic’s online courses to reconnect with his passion for music—and ended up studying at Berklee’s physical school in Boston as well as launching a new career as a professional musician.
Online student Mary Haller recently completed an online songwriting certificate program and, soon after, found success as the winner of the 2011 ole "Hitsville" contest in Nashville.
Kristen Henderson from Antigone Rising recently completed the Blues Guitar Workshop. “If I write a song I come up with the lead riffs. I’m now a different player,” she says.
Berkleemusic student Michael Jobson has spent most of his life in the music business, building a distinguished career first as a guitar tech and second guitarist for seminal English groups like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Echo & the Bunnymen.
Music Theory 101 by day and touring with Rob Zombie by night. A day in the life of Berkleemusic's student, and Shinedown's drummer, Barry Kerch.
By day, Bob Klein is a products liability defense lawyer and a partner in the Maryland-based firm of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein, P.A. He is also a baby boomer with a wife and three children in college. Don't let that fool you! When the sun goes down, Attorney Klein breaks out his musical instruments and recording gear, and puts his new-found songwriting knowledge to work.
The Fast Romantics, an up-and-coming Calgary-based indie pop band, have shared the stage with the likes of the Flaming Lips, Stone Temple Pilots, the Fratellis, the Stills—and now a host of Berklee student and alumni acts at the college's 3rd annual CMJ Music Marathon Showcase.
James teaches guitar to 75 students a week. "Finding time to go to school was impossible, so online learning was my only option, and a terrific one," he recalls.
What’s a #1 Billboard artist doing taking online music courses at Berkleemusic? Getting even better, says Fanny Lu, a Columbian pop star whose song “Y Si Te Digo"(And If I Tell You)” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in late August.
Between the demands of a full-time job in a steel mill and full-time care-taking for his ailing father, D’Arcy McGilligan believed traditional college-level music production courses were not a viable option for him. Little did he know enrolling in Pro Tools 101 would be the first domino in a two-year odyssey from steel worker to full-time sound engineer corresponding with Rick Derringer!
After 10 years as a successful DJ in India, Tuhin Mehta was looking for a way to add a new level of excitement to his set. The Producing Music with Ableton Live online course provided the creative spark he needed. “From the very first interaction I had with Berkleemusic I felt like I was at home,” explains Tuhin. “Everyone here has been extremely helpful and supportive. And more importantly, the course has helped me to push harder with my music.”
"When I first heard about the Berkleemusic.com classes, I got very excited. I saw opportunities to become better and more efficient at what I do. I could work in my own home studio, on my own time, with an instructor and other students to share experiences and their critiques."
For musician Chris Moberg music is more than a form of expression, it's a calling. But sharing his own music hasn't always been easy. "Before I began taking courses at Berkleemusic, I was struggling to record some songs for a worship CD. Berkleemusic courses have transformed every aspect of music for me."
If anyone can attest to the fact that patience pays off in the music business, it's Berkleemusic student Laura Murek. "In the Concert Touring course led by John Czajkowski, he taught us to never turn down a job; that we could always work our way up in the business, "she says.
Having moonlighted for years with his own company Satronen Sound doing studio and live on-location recording, Pete Nenortas found himself at an occupational crossroads. Was his brother right — was music just a hobby? Or can it be a means to a more fulfilling end?
A songwriter's muse can take many forms. In the case of MC Lars and his breakout Internet hit "Download This Song," the inspiration came from Berkleemusic VP and instructor Dave Kusek’s book The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution.
With a full-time gig touring with Grammy award-winning hip-hop band Arrested Development, as well as work writing, producing, and engineering his own projects, Reichert has seen most sides of the music business.
When Jose Luis Revelo moved to the United States from Panama in 2001, he was one of the country's top jingle-writers and ad spot producers. Three years later, he has made a name for himself in Miami and New York, worked on a Grammy-nominated album, and landed national advertising contracts writing spots for clients like McDonald's, Budweiser, and MTV.
Five years ago, Josh Rouse lived in Nashville and was signed to one of the most well-established independent labels in the world. Today he resides in Spain as a self-financing artist-entrepreneur with a strong international following.
Online student Nino Russo of Switzerland received Berkleemusic’s Ed Cherney Celebrity Online Scholarship in 2009. "Ed Cherney has been a main inspiration for me as a mixer and producer. And after I completed the Critical Listening course at Berkleemusic, I was better able to understand the intricacies of his mixing techniques.”
As part of the Global Digital Business Group at Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Esther Saka knows how to stay relevant in the digital world. Her work on a given day can range from analyzing web metrics to helping plan online strategic initiatives.
Watch independent musician Kate Schutt talk about her experience studying Pro Tools online while in the midst of touring, recording, and learning a to play an 8-string guitar-bass hybrid.
Joe Scrocca knows the value of a good education. After earning a BS in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Villanova University, Joe built a successful accounting practice, culminating in his founding of Benchmark Mortgage in 2001.
Southern California quintet Saosin are one of the fastest-growing headliners in rock earning main stage slots on the Vans Warped Tour, touring with heavyweights like Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, and Taking Back Sunday, and building an ocean of fans.
Creating music isn’t rocket science. But even if you actually ARE an aerospace engineer, it helps to get professional music instruction. After studying with Berkleemusic, Kelly Snook, a planetary scientist for NASA, launched a second career as a music producer.
“It takes a lot to make TV!” exclaims Berkleemusic student John Stoecker while resting an open hand on a floor to ceiling tower of electronic racks and computer devices. All are humming and blinking with digital dials, numbers and colors. At first glance, you might interpret the machinery as a sophisticated stereo setup, or a top-notch record producer’s collection of gear.
It’s easy to imagine music students procrastinating on their homework by fantasizing about the day when they are professional musicians, accepting a major award amid a flurry of applause. For Trey Terada, who took nearly a dozen online courses through Berkleemusic, the dream became a reality when he won the Hawaii Music Award’s People’s Choice Award for Rhythm & Blues Album of the Year.
Since their 1994 formation in San Francisco, the group Train has grown steadily as a locomotive force in music. Train is currently in the writing and pre-production mode for their much anticipated fourth album. The band's talented drummer/composer Scott Underwood has been studying online at Berkleemusic.com and has incorporated his new skills into Train's collaborative composition style.
Working as a Producer and Composer for Wounded Buffalo Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa Dave Waugh has to write quickly without losing quality.
By the time Richard Zack arrived at Berkleemusic.com as a student, he was already an established entrepreneur and music business visionary.
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