Shortly after receiving his Master Certificate in Production from the
Berkleemusic online extension school, Rick Breen landed a job with Kurzweil
"Berkleemusic's Master Certificate program provided me with the
training and credentials I needed to achieve a new career in music technology,"
remarked Breen. "I was able to find a position where I could leverage
my software engineering background and my Berklee training to get into
a top music technology company."
Breen joins Kurzweil Music Systems, makers of Kurzweil digital pianos,
synthesizers, keyboard/workstations, and other such products, as a software
engineer. The company was founded by inventor Raymond Kurzweil, who had
developed a revolutionary reading machine for the blind that scans written
materials and reads them aloud in a synthesized voice. Musician Stevie
Wonder, a customer for the reading machine, challenged Ray Kurzweil to
create an electronic instrument that blended the richness of acoustic
sound with the control and sound modification of electronics. The Kurzweil
engineers then developed the first ROM-based sampling keyboard to successfully
reproduce the full complexity of acoustic instrument sounds - the K250,
which was introduced in 1983.
"Getting this position with Kurzweil would not have been possible
without the training I received through Berkleemusic," Breen explained.
"In fact, the manager said he picked my application out of a pile
because he noticed the Berkleemusic Master Certification on my resume.
My software engineering background was essential, of course, but the Berkleemusic
Master Certification set me apart from the other applicants."
To earn his Master Certificate, Breen completed courses in Producing
with Pro Tools, Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools, MIDI Sequencing,
and Producing Music with Ableton Live, among others.
"I am so impressed with the program, the experience, the people,
the instructors, the challenge, and all the excellent material,"
added Breen. "I learned so much, met so many interesting people,
and explored so many new areas of music technology and production. Thanks
to Berklee, I have a completely different outlook on music and music technology."