A weekly mix of trending topics and themes

What Is Contemporary Music?

It's practically Berklee's middle name—but what are we talking about when we say "contemporary music"?

Berklee Now Series

How to Write Original Holiday Songs

Get in the spirit with these seasonal tips from Berklee songwriting instructors.

High Fidelity Music Streaming: Can You Tell the Difference?

Berklee faculty Jonathan Wyner, Erin Barra, Prince Charles Alexander, and Sean Slade weigh in on music streaming quality and whether it matters.

How Living Learning Communities Transform the College Experience

It turns out students thrive when academic and residential life overlap.

Industry Publishers to Students: Let the Song Shine

At a recent song screening, alumni Benjamin Groff and Amanda Samii listened to original songs by students and offered feedback and production tips. 

5 Ways to Manage Stress During Midterms

During midterm season, it’s important to take time for self-care, avoid procrastination, and reach out to friends and loved ones for support. 

Get to Know Berklee's New Center for Campus Life

The new center at 150 Massachusetts Avenue offers community spaces, events and activities, and expanded services for students.

Transfer Students Hit Their Stride at Berklee Online

Three students share their stories about how transferring to Berklee Online has allowed them to pursue their music careers close to home and on the road.

4 Critical Listening Tips for Songwriters

As a songwriter, you need to know how to listen critically. Start by breaking components of a song into four moving parts: melody, chords, lyric, and groove.

Soul of Her Own Machine: Merrill Garbus Reveals the Human Side of Looping

During a recent songwriting clinic, visiting artist Merrill Garbus, of the indie band Tune-Yards, pulled back the curtain on her distinctive approach to performing.

4 Steps Songwriters Can Take Now to Prepare for the Music Modernization Act

For songwriters and music publishers, the game is about to change in a big way. Here’s how to get ready.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Orchestra of Electricity

Take a moment to clear your mind with the alumna synth composer's organic, meditative music, featured on this episode of Sounds of Berklee.

Grammy-winning producer Che Pope

Kanye Producer Talks Modern Definitions of Success

Grammy-winning producer Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, the Weeknd) reflected on his career as part of this year's Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium.