Berklee College of Music Launches Online School For Musicians, Educators and Industry Professionals

Dec 31, 1969 07:00 PM EST

Berklee Media, a division of Berklee College of Music, recently announced the formal public launch of its online school, job site and networking destination, offers students the innovative classroom instruction techniques and faculty expertise of Berklee College of Music, the world’s singular learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow and the alma mater of such industry luminaries as Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Susan Tedeshci, John Mayer and The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. is the only place where music education and career development are seamlessly combined to give musicians, music educators and music industry professionals around the world instant access to the best classes, jobs, talent, ideas, tools, connections and opportunities in music.

Available since November to a pilot community of music students, educators and professionals,’s online school offers instruction in music theory, writing, desktop production and career management. Classes currently open for enrollment include: Marketing Yourself in the Music Industry, Promotion 101, Music Theory 101, ProTools Basics, ProTools MIDI Recording and Editing, Lyric Writing and Finale Basics.

"There are two ‘truisms’ about the music business that have guided Berklee in the creation and introduction of," said David Kusek, associate professor of music business at Berklee College and also vice president for Berklee Media. "The first is that both the business and technology of today’s music evolve constantly. The second is that a personal network of contacts and colleagues is what propels music careers forward. offers musicians both the educational resources they need to improve their skills and keep current, and access to community and job opportunities that will allow them to put those skills to work quickly. Launching the site officially is an important step in our mission to bring Berklee’s educational values and expertise to the wider community of teachers, musicians and business people who are shaping the music of today, and tomorrow."

"I Only Wish I Could Have Taken This Earlier…"

Forty-five year-old Emrold Gray of Baltimore, Maryland has recently completed a four-week course, ProTools Basics. An engineering technician for NASA by day, Gray also leads the steel drum band "Tropical Ensemble," playing both steel drum and bass in the greater Washington and Baltimore areas.

"What really struck me was how well the course was put together," said Gray. "I went from knowing nothing about Pro Tools to being able to lay down a pretty decent track in only four weeks. I only wish I could have taken this earlier. I just paid over $1000 for studio time for pre-production that I can now do completely at home. I was also able to view all professor/student communications online, which brought up questions I wouldn't have thought of otherwise."

World-renowned Faculty: On Your Own Time, Your Own Turf

Recognized experts in contemporary music education lead all classes at

*David Mash (Desktop Music Production) is the author of nine books, a recognized expert on music technology and the developer of the Center for Technology in Music Instruction

*Jonathan Feist (Finale Basics), a Finale user since the music notation software was introduced in the mid-1980’s, teaches Finale courses to Berklee faculty and has edited over 30 books, including the Berklee Practice Method and Instant series

*Peter Spellman (Marketing Yourself in the Music Industry) is director of career development at Berklee and the author of The Self-Promoting Musician and The Musician’s Internet.

* Master pianist, interpreter, improviser and arranger Paul Schmeling (Music Theory 101) has inspired countless students since he began teaching at Berklee in 1961. Previously chair of Berklee’s piano department, he is also the co-author of the Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard and Instant Keyboard

Anyone Can Study With Berklee offers an "anytime, anywhere" educational experience — meaning students do not have to be at a specific location at a specific time to complete coursework. Participating in discussions and completing assignments generally requires 2-3 hours per week; students should anticipate at least two hours of offline work for every hour of online instruction and participation. Students can log in to their classes at any time during the week to retrieve lessons and assignments, participate in discussions or chat, or upload homework. runs multiple sections of its courses during a six-semester annual calendar. Students must enroll at least two weeks before the start of each semester to allow for enrollment and home delivery of books and software to arrive at their homes.

Berkleemusic allows anyone with a high-school diploma or its equivalent (GED) to register for noncredit courses. Some courses may require prerequisite College-level work.

Performance Instruction from the Masters

While the online school at focuses on music production, writing, business and theory, Berklee Media has also produced a DVD and video streaming series to help students improve their performance skills: the When Music Works series. These "master classes" tap into the energy and expertise of successful musicians. With each segment of the When Music Works series, students get a 30-90 minute lesson on DVD or streaming video with top Berklee teachers, alumni and visiting artists. Current offerings include: Basic Afro-Cuban Rhythms with master percussionist and Berklee professor Ricardo Monzon, Beginning Improvisation with Berklee Professor and Saxophonist Ed Tomassi, Modal Voicing Techniques with Berklee Professor, internationally known jazz guitarist and composer Rick Peckham, Shred Metal Chop Builder with renowned guitarist Joe "Shred Lord" Stump and Vocal Practice for Performance with Berklee Professor Donna McElroy, also a Grammy nominee, Dove Award winner, and vocalist on multiple gold and platinum records.

Passport to Career Growth also offers a unique resource for musicians intent on raising their professional profiles and career prospects. Passports™ are special annual site memberships that allow Passport holders to get exclusive access to job and gig postings, career resources, and a growing network of musicians and industry professionals looking to hire.