Berklee College of Music launches online degree

Esteemed music school teams up with Avid Pro Tools for online programme
Students at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. (Image for illustration purposes only)
Students at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. (Image for illustration purposes only)

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Berklee College of Music, the world-renowned institute for contemporary music education, today announced that it has teamed up with Avid to utilise Pro Tools as the foundational software for the world's first accredited, non-profit, online music production bachelor degree programme.

Berklee Online, the college's award-winning online division, is offering a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in two areas: music production and music business.

The online school has chosen Pro Tools as the foundational software for the programme, with required courses including Pro Tools 101, Pro Tools 110, and Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools. A high level of collaboration between online music production students is central to the new degree being offered.

Dan Thompson, Berklee’s assistant chair of music production and engineering, said: “Music production is not a solitary endeavour. You’re drawing on the skills and experiences of people around you. In this online degree programme, you’ll be working with very committed fellow classmates, and incorporating their experience and knowledge into your work. The level of interaction and collaboration in the online environment is pretty special.”

Berklee's emphasis on online collaboration is reflected by Avid, with Avid Everywhere guiding fluid, end-to-end, distributed media production environment in the industry.

Jennifer Smith, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Avid, said: “Avid Everywhere complements Berklee’s commitment to giving students real-world experience with collaborative workflows on a global scale. With access to industry-standard audio solutions, students acquire the skills they need to thrive in the most demanding production environments.”

While there are clear advantages to studying music production at Berklee's Boston campus, the online degree programme is 60 per cent less expensive, and delivers access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Providing lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry, like the physical college the online degrees are accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Berklee Online is accepting applications now for their January 12 semester. For more information, or to apply, click here.

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