Ten Things Alumni Should Know About Berklee

By 
Luis Alvarez

Since my graduation from Berklee in 1983, I have observed the college's amazing evolution as a music education icon. I have watched this transformation as a Berklee in Puerto Rico program supporter, as the producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest, and as a trustee.

L.A. Newsbriefs

By 
Justine Taormino

In typical fashion, the Los Angeles Berklee Alumni Chapter closed out 2011 with its annual Southern California Holiday Party. As proof of the vibrancy of the Los Angeles alumni community, nearly 300 alumni attended and helped to make the event a smash hit. This year brought enormous success and accomplishments to the Berklee Los Angeles chapter, and we look forward to bigger and brighter things in 2012.

L.A. Spotlight: Karmin

By 
Peter Gordon

In spectacular fashion, the story of Berklee alumni phenom Karmin continues to unfold.

Follow The Money

By 
Eric Jensen

Developing a music career today requires a broad set of musical, business, and social skills mixed with a healthy dose of out-of-the-box thinking. That's because the industry continues to shift from a commodity-driven business (e.g., recorded music) to a service-oriented one. As career self-management tools develop and as the barriers between musicians and their audiences break down, gatekeepers and middlemen become less relevant. Music licensing, performance, teaching, and music-related byproducts have become essential elements of a career strategy.

Faculty and Staff Donate $50,000 to Establish Scholarship in Walter Harp's Memory

With thanks to the collective efforts of over 50 faculty and staff members, an endowed scholarship has been established in memory of faculty member Walter W. Harp. The Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music and Society Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in civic engagement: the use of music, including composition and performance, to transform individual lives and society through community service, social activism, and humanitarian efforts on a local, national, and/or international level. The first scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student this fall 2014 semester.

Expert Testimony - Given by Steve Swallow 
to Mark Small

By 
Mark Small

In jazz circles, former Berklee faculty member Steve Swallow is best known for his lyrical electric bass playing and prolific jazz composing. During the 1970s, about a dozen of his tunes appeared in the original Real Book bearing cryptic titles such as "Como en Vietnam," "Hullo Bolinas," "Falling Grace," "Domino Biscuit," "Doin' the Pig," and "Hotel Hello." After Gary Burton began performing "Falling Grace," it became one of Swallow's best-known pieces and has since been performed extensively and recorded by numerous jazz musicians.

Coda: The Art of the Road

By 
Eve Fleishman

"Surfin' USA" is an apt description of my latest musical endeavor-and I'm not referencing the Beach Boys' song. I'm talking about couch surfing and Net surfing. Both are valuable skills for the independent touring musician. This kind of surfing requires strong networking skills as well as finding a niche among those who support your artistic vision and can offer you their couch for the night.

California Dream Studios

By 
Mark Small

A Room With A View

After clocking thousands of hours in recording studios as an in-demand film composer and session musician, Richard Gibbs '77 had a vision for his own studio. "I'd been in so many studios around the world that I had a pretty strong opinion about how my dream studio would operate," he says. "I wanted everything that makes it look like a studio hidden. This place can pass for a beautiful living room but has full functionality as a studio."

Berklee Profile: Rob Rose

By 
Mark Small

When Rob Rose '72 was 11 years old, his older brother attended Berklee's seven-week summer program as a drummer. The older Rose returned home telling Rob, "It's so cool, you have to go there too." While college was clearly not yet on the junior Rose's radar, events throughout his teen years would combine to make Berklee the clear choice for his music education and later, the locus of his career. For Rose, who was recently promoted to the position of vice president of special programs, 2012 marks his 40th year of service to the college.

The State of the College

By 
Mark Small

"There is a new social class, the creative class that generates new ideas, new technology, and creative content that profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues." Originally written by sociologist Richard Florida in The Rise of the Creative Class, these words launched President Roger H. Brown's 2011 State of the College presentation.

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