Widely recognized among the top music schools in the world, Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Berklee Online in 2002 as an online option for attending their illustrious classes, and over the past fifteen years has evolved from offering award-winning virtual music courses to certificate programs to an undergraduate degree. Berklee Online is now the world’s largest online music school, teaching over 10,000 students a year.
Now, the cutting-edge online music school has taken the next step in their continued growth with the announcement that they will be launching their first master’s degree programs. This will give students the chance to earn their master’s degree with Berklee Online in the following two areas: Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business. The program will officially start in September of 2018 and interested students can sign up to receives updates and more information here.
“This is a chance for students to spend a year doing everything they love and hone their knowledge and skills to advance their career in the music industry,” says Berklee Vice President of Online Education Carin Nuernberg. "Students will learn from world-renowned faculty in an interactive, collaborative course environment while forging connections with a network of talented industry professionals from around the globe."
The programs will consist of 12 courses (36 credits) that can be completed within one year. In keeping pace with the same flexibility that Berklee Online is known for, students have the option to start in any semester during the academic year and will get the chance to have direct interactions with Berklee faculty and fellow students through their learning management system. Part of each program is a culminating experience, which could be developing a marketing plan or creating an EP that is fully completed and ready to distribute.
For the Master of Music in Music Production, students will learn about the most creative and innovative music production techniques and the power of the latest DAW-based technology. This will include a dynamic education in advanced recording, mixing, and mastering, in addition to focused work on vocal production, audio for visual media, and business sustainability for independent producers.
The Master of Arts in Music Business will give students the chance to be a leader in the growth and success of the evolving music business in key market segments. This will include learning about fields like artist management, marketing, licensing, branding, and touring, featuring lessons from industry professionals and the chance to undertake an in-depth analyses of factors that influence the industry.
Featured faculty in the Master of Music in Music Production will include renowned producers and engineers like Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Prince Charles Alexander, Sean Slade, and Susan Rogers, who have worked with artists like Prince, The Dave Matthews Band, Joe Satriani, Joan Baez, Les Claypool, Radiohead, Hole, Lou Reed, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight and many more.
The Master of Arts in Music Business will feature global brand strategy expert Stephen Canfield, who currently serves as vice president of marketing for WeTransfer, in addition to the director of music licensing at SiriusXM satellite radio Casey Rae, the nationally recognized expert in music copyright and intellectual property matters Dr. E. Michael Harrington, practicing entertainment lawyer who specializes in the music industry John P. Kellogg, Esq and more.
The master’s degree program will continue with Berklee Online’s cost-effective, high-quality breadth of offerings, and will give students the chance to earn their degree for a total cost of $33,695 (tuition and fees included). Students interested in learning more can head to Berklee Online’s website here.