Our instructors join us regularly for live “open house” style discussions to talk about and illustrate concepts and ideas in their area of expertise. These free, exclusive, and in-depth tutorials cover topics including performance, music production, music business, and much more.
Stephen Webber returns for a new online clinic on music production.
Stephen is an Emmy-winning composer and professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, and the author and instructor of several online courses, including Music Production: From Pre-Production to Final Audio Master. He has more than three decades of experience as a record producer, engineer, session player, music director, recording artist, DJ, and studio designer.
In this Open House, Stephen speaks on the importance of sound alike projects, collaborating, working with mix engineers, the challenges of working with artists, and more.
Loudon--or “L-Don, ” as he is affectionately known to many of his students, friends, and colleagues--is an expert with Ableton Live. He is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and authored and teaches two of Berkleemusic's most popular music production courses: Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live online course and Composing and Producing Electronic Music course.
In this Open House, Loudon imparts some of his production wisdom using Ableton Live and Akai's APC40 controller, including some killer tips and tricks for Live Looping.
Pat Pattison is an author, clinician, and one of the most renowned songwriting teachers in the world. He created the first-ever Songwriting major at Berklee College of Music, and brought that curriculum online with Berkleemusic with multiple course: Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies, Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title, and Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music, and more.
In this Open House, Pat touches upon some of the important rules of songwriting, such as utilizing various songwriting tools into creating a song that has a solid message.
Peter Bell is a producer, composer, guitarist, and author/instructor of the online Writing Music for Commercials course. His compositions and productions include "May It Happen For You" (the theme song to the award-winning film Radio Cape Cod) and the themes to This Old House, New Yankee Workshop, Victory Garden, as well as countless jingles and production tracks.
In this Open House, Peter talks about how he became a jingle writer, the role of the commercial songwriter, creative process, avoiding plagiarism and musicianship issues, essential business and musical skills to have for jingle writers, and much more.
Brad Hatfield is the author/instructor of the Music Supervision course — recipient of the 2012 “Best Online Course” award from UPCEA.
Music supervision is an important topic for musicians, songwriters, and business professionals alike. It stands at the center of two powerful groups: music creators, and the film and TV producers that rely on music to help tell and sell their stories. The field has exploded in recent years, providing a launching pad (as well as a potentially lucrative income stream) for careers in the evolving music industry.
In this Open House, Brad talks about the role and the importance of music supervisor, music licensing, other jobs that are related to post-production, and more.
Michael Williams is an active blues and jazz guitarist, an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, and the author and instructor of Berkleemusic's online Blues Guitar course. His guitar lessons are among the most popular video lessons on Berkleemusic's YouTube channel, with over three million views and counting!
In this Open House, Michael explains and demonstrates how to shuffle, bend strings, playing the bass line, using a sliding ninth to comp, grooving with different rhythm parts, call & response playing, and much more.
Brad Hatfield is an Emmy Award-winning composer and one of Boston's most prolific and popular musicians, and author/instructor of our online Songwriting for Film & TV course. The field of songwriting for film and television has grown exponentially over the past few years, providing a promotional launching pad (as well as a potentially lucrative income stream) for artist and songwriter careers.
In this Open House, Brad speaks about the songwriting process, publishing rights, license fees, and some useful tips for aspiring songwriters to keep in mind when it comes to writing music for film and TV.
Dan Thompson is an independent writer/producer and recording engineer, and author/instructor of Critical Listening 1 and Advanced Audio Ear Training for Mix Engineers. An independent writer/producer and recording engineer, Dan's credits include work on records, feature films, and television series and movies, including ER, The Sopranos, Swimfan, The Sweetest Thing, Melrose Place, Malibu Shores, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Touched By An Angel, Soul Food, NCIS, and many more.
In this Open House, Dan explains the basics behind audio ear training, and why it is essential for mix engineers. He also talks about the pros and cons of working with headphones, the use of compressions, balancing to work in mono, and more.
Ben Newhouse is an author and instructor of our online courses Orchestration 1, Orchestration 2, and Music Composition for Film & TV. Ben has worked as a music supervisor and composer on dozens of television shows, films, and stage productions for media corporations including ABC, FOX, MTV, and Disney. He has arranged movie themes, sixties pop music, Broadway shows, and scored for several full-length feature films.
In this Open House, Ben talks about the various ways to differentiate sounds and avoid clutter, how to better guide the listeners through orchestrated music, potentials of orchestral setting, some differences to keep in mind between sequencing and live orchestra, and more.
Stephen Webber is an Emmy-winning composer and professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, and the author and instructor of Berkleemusic's online Music Production Analysis course. In three decades as a record producer, engineer, session player, music director, recording artist, DJ, and studio designer, Stephen has recorded with Ivan Neville, Meshell Ndegeocello, the Manhattan Guitar Duo, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, and performed with Bela Fleck, Mark O'Conner, Grandmixer DXT, and Emmylou Harris.
In this Open House, Stephen speaks about the elements that make an effective recording, some of the common challenges for self-produced artists, ways to train your ear in the objective manner, how to create your own unique sound, and much more.
Rod Morgenstein is a professional drummer, professor in the Percussion department at Berklee College of Music, and the author/instructor of Berkleemusic's online Rock Drums course. He is a founding member of the ground-breaking progressive rock fusion group the Dixie Dregs, whose six most recent recordings received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Morgenstein is also an original member of the heavy metal band Winger, whose recordings have reached gold and platinum status around the world.
In this Open House, Rod talks about how he became a drummer, his experiences in recording albums, the importance of versatility, and some insightful advices for up and coming drummers.
Loudon Stearns is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, and authored and teaches Berkleemusic's popular Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live online course and Composing and Producing Electronic Music course. As a bass player, producer, and laptop musician, Loudon's music can be heard on numerous documentaries and short films.
In this Open House, Loudon imparts some wisdom from his online course, Composing and Producing Electronic Music, which teaches students the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including drum and bass, trance, glitch, dub, electro, minimal, downtempo, house, and techno.
Mike King is the Director of Marketing at Berkleemusic, and author/instructor of our several music business courses courses including Online Music Marketing with Topspin, Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution, and Music Marketing 101. Prior to working at Berklee, he was the Marketing/Product Manager at Rykodisc, where he oversaw marketing efforts for label artists including Mickey Hart, Jeb Loy Nichols, Morphine, Jess Klein, Voices On The Verge, Bill Hicks, The Slip, Pork Tornado (Phish), Kelly Joe Phelps, and Frank Zappa's estate.
In this Open House, Mike talks about how to properly utilize free music, the best practices behind radio promotion, touring, distribution and retail; the importance of setting up your website, and other useful tips for independent musicians.
Steve Morse is the author and instructor of our online Rock History course. Steve Morse was the senior rock music critic at the Boston Globe for three decades and continues to write for the paper on a freelance basis today. During his tenure, he interviewed legends such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde, U2, Pearl Jam, and Radiohead. Morse has contributed to Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines and served on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a seven-year term.
In this Open House, Steve talks in detail about the highlights and features of his Rock History course, discusses some of the major events in the history of rock music, and adds his personal first-person accounts to the discussion.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known guitarist, clinician, composer, and writer. He's also the Assistant Chair of Berklee College of Music's Guitar Department. Rick is the course author and instructor of two online guitar courses with Berkleemusic: Guitar Chords 101 and Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions.
In this Open House, Rick talks about the benefits and features of Guitar Chords 101 and Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions, and gives a number of short tutorials on important guitar techniques such as chord substitutions and open G tuning.
Danny Morris is a professor in the bass department at Berklee, and an author/instructor of our online courses Bass Performance 101 and R&B Bass. Danny gigs regularly with the band Calypso Hurricane and was the bass player for the James Montgomery Blues Band and Jon Pousette-Dart band. He has also performed with Bo Diddley, Robin Ford, James Cotton, and Paula Abdul. Danny is the author of Instant Bass and Essential Rock Grooves for Bass.
In this Open House, Danny presents good practice routines, etudes, and scale exercises for electric bass. He also talks about how to center your groove, while also giving away some useful tips to remember when playing bass.
Caroline Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts department at Berklee College of Music, as well as an online instructor for Berkleemusic. An accomplished writer and performer, she was hand-picked by Professor Pat Pattison to teach his online creative writing courses.
In this online clinic, Caroline discusses rhyme, metaphor, and other important topics to writers of all types-songwriters, poets, and anyone who wants to write (both prose and lyrics) more effectively.
Thaddeus Hogarth is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, and the author and instructor of Berkleemusic's online Funk/Rock and R&B Guitar Soloing course. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for R&B/Blues, he has been a prominent guitar player and singer-songwriter on the New England music scene since 1990, when he graduated from Berklee.
In this online clinic, Thaddeus discusses and demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, an essential topic for all guitarists.
Pat Pattison returns for a new online songwriting clinic.
In his Poetics, Aristotle said that every great work of art has the same characteristic: Unity. In this half-hour online clinic, expert songwriter Pat Pattison explores the fundamental principle of all art-Prosody. You'll learn how to support your ideas with more power in the same way a film score adds dimension to the images.
Pat examines tone of voice, both literally and figuratively, as a way of focusing prosody. It will help you select the right path to follow in the construction of your songs and poems.
Annie Clements has toured with multi-platinum country duo Sugarland for the past seven years, serving as bassist and backing vocalist. In this half-hour online Open House event, Annie shares insight on what she's learned about the music industry, and discusses her entrepreneurial approach to maintaining a career as a professional musician in the modern music industry.
Instructor Mike King welcomes Bandzoogle's David Dufresne and Dave Cool to Berkleemusic's studio for a one-of-a-kind music business clinic. Watch these experts totally destroy musician websites to make them indestructible!
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Berklee College of Music's President Roger Brown and Vice President for Online Learning & Continuing Education Debbie Cavalier recently announced Berklee's plans to launch online bachelor's degrees in 2014. Watch Roger and Debbie talk about the history of our online school and our bright future in online learning.
Stephen Webber, recently named the Director of Music Technology Innovation for Berklee Valencia, returns for his 3rd Open House with Berkleemusic.
The popular course author and instructor covers essential topics from his courses and beyond, including secrets for creating instantly better mixes, the world's best microphones for under $400, and more.
Popular online course author and instructor Loudon Stearns returns for a brand-new Open House clinic, this time bringing special guest Huston Singletary of Ableton.
Loudon and Huston discuss Ableton's Live 9 and Push, with Loudon illustrating Berklee's music production techniques with Huston covering additional features of both products.
Allan Chase is the Chair of the Ear Training Department at Berklee College of Music. In this clinic, Allan demonstrates concepts and techniques from his online course, Performance Ear Training.
Berkleemusic instructor Mike King and Spotify's Dave Altarescu sit down for an in-depth, musician-focused conversation on Spotify. Millions of people listen on Spotify, but how well do you really know the service? And how well are you leveraging the marketing opportunities available to you as an artist?
Jerry Gates is a professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music, and the author/instructor of three Berkleemusic online courses. In this clinic, Jerry covers concepts and techniques from his courses, with special focus on practical topics like marketing yourself as an arranger.
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