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A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

It Must Be Fall

By Mark Small

During the Labor Day weekend, U-Haul trucks and cars packed with musical gear, suitcases, desk lamps, and more to be carried into dorm rooms, signaled fall’s arrival in Boston.

Comings and Goings

By Mark Small

Bonnie Hayes has been named the chair of the college’s Songwriting Department.

Lifting Spirits at the Newport Folk Festival

By Mary Hurley

Just like a raise-it-to-the-rafters gospel song, the audience’s refrain of “Wow! These kids can sing” was repeated often during the August 1 appearance of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir at the Newport Folk Festival.

The Woodshed

Layering Guitar Parts

By Mitch Coodley

Over the past 50 or 60 years, guitar styles have changed through the influences of each new generation. And yet the basics of guitar playing—in particular, rhythm guitar parts—continue to underpin the current trends of picking, strumming, and the use of effects.

Expert Testimony

Robert Etoll '73

By Mark Small

If you ever watch TV or go to the movies, you’ve heard music and sound design elements created by Robert Etoll as he ratchets up the impact of a movie trailer or a TV promo spot.

Regional Spotlights

Boston Beat

By Michael Gaskins

Dow Brain ’88

Auspicious Beginnings

By Peter Gordon

After graduating from Berklee in May 2011, Will Wells faced a quandary common to many of his peers: where to begin his career.

New York Spotlight

By Arielle Schwalm

Round Hill Music is a boutique-size music publisher based in New York City that’s staffed with a team of people who are passionate about music.

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

Aaron Kaplan ’96

This summer featured a flurry of activity among members of Berklee’s L.A. community. Elik Alvarez ’00 won the Goldspirit award in the Best Documentary Score category at the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain, where he served as the...

Nashville Notes

By David Petrelli

Since graduating from Berklee, Charlie Worsham has been building a successful career one brick at a time. For more than a year, Worsham has been signed on the Warner Music label.


Things We Can't Forget

By Courtney Hartman

Last winter I spent six weeks on tour in South and Central Asia with my bluegrass band Della Mae.

Lead Sheet

Envisioning Berklee in 2025

By 2025, what should Berklee become? The world around us is changing faster than ever; and over the past 10 years, music and the music industry have experienced truly disruptive change. What will it be like 10 years from now?

Global Groove

On the Road Again

by Jason Camelio

One of the best ways to introduce music students to the Berklee teaching methodology is to bring the classroom to them. This was the concept envisioned by Gary Burton and Larry Monroe in the Berklee on the Road education series, which is offered in various locations.

Playing It Forward

The Show Will Go On

On April 20, Berklee launched the new concert series Boston Rocks at the Royale Boston Nightclub in the theater district.

Faculty Highlights

by Ryan Fleming

When you first meet someone as personable and mild-mannered as assistant professor John Funkhouser, the phrase “trial by fire” may not immediately jump to the fore.

Associate Professor Michael Johnson’s song “Shelter” was commissioned for the ECHO Habitat for Humanity Choir Festival in Colorado. He also released the single “Resolve.”

Professor Kathleen Howland provides music therapy for Metrowest Homecare & Hospice Service. She has been a speaker for councils on aging and at the Guadalajara Jazz Festival.

Alumni News

by Mark Small

Miguel Kertsman ’86 is on the phone from his native Recife, Brazil. It’s mid September, and he is at the tail end of a vacation that reunited him with family members, but he also managed to squeeze some business into the trip.

Joe Makholm of Paris, France, was commissioned to compose “Five in One (Monk’s Moods),” a work that pays homage to Thelonious Monk for the Turning Point Ensemble of Vancouver, BC. It was one of five new Monk-inspired works for “Round Midnight,” the final concerts on the group’s 2012–2013 season.

Guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, TN, released an album and an accompanying 52-page storybook project McGuire’s Landing. Penned by Huttlinger, the fictional story details episodes in the life of an Irish immigrant during the 19th century. Visit