Contemporary Writing and Production

The Contemporary Writing and Production Department provides many opportunities to develop and improve your composition, arranging, and production skills.

Apply those skills by writing for and overseeing the production of recordings using various combinations of instruments and vocals in acoustic and electronic settings. You'll work with a range of ensembles, from small workshop groups to orchestras. Whether these groups perform live or in recording studios, you'll have many opportunities to explore contemporary concepts and techniques of arranging and sound production, in both analog and digital domains. And you'll gain valuable experience using digital audio workstations, MIDI labs and your own portable laptop-based studio.

Learn how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate musical concepts of jazz, pop, rock, and other contemporary music idioms and style. Develop skills and knowledge to function as a professional writer, arranger, and producer under a wide variety of conditions and music industry environments.

Contemporary Writing and Production Department Facilities and Resources

  • Professional Writing Division MIDI Lab: This lab consists of 12 fully configured workstations and a separate similarly equipped studio for live overdubbing to provide you with hands-on access to professional music technology.
  • Berklee Performance Center and Recital Halls: These performance venues are available to you throughout the year for recitals and concerts.
  • Recording Studios: Each of the college's 10 recording facilities is outfitted with professional-level equipment configured to meet a variety of teaching and recording needs.

Every year the Professional Writing Division and Contemporary Writing and Production Department organize a series of faculty and student concerts, showcasing faculty and student compositions and arrangements.

For further information about the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, please email cwp@berklee.edu or call 617 747-8629. Current students can log in for more information.