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A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians


Music Business/Management Major Turns 20

By Mary Hurley

Jeff Dorenfeld
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Online Education Comes of Age

By Adam Renn Olenn

Since its inception in 2002,—Berklee’s online continuing education school, and the largest online music school in the world—has educated a veritable army of professional musicians.

Berklee Beat

Larry Monroe

Larry Monroe Retires

By Mark Small

After 42 years of service at Berklee, Larry Monroe retired in August. During his tenure at the college he served in numerous capacities. He started out teaching classes in arranging, ear training, ensemble, and more during his final semesters as a Berklee student.

The New Academic Year Begins

By Mark Small

Just as August gave way to September, the 1,100 members of the class of 2016 arrived in Boston for the start of a new academic year. This year’s convocation offered respite for the entering students and their parents from moving suitcases, instruments, and more into dorms during the heat of the...

Breaking Music Stereotypes

By Mark Small

During the 2004 commencement exercises, comedian Bill Cosby was among the honorees. His address to the audience spoofed on the idea that Berklee is not noted for turning out star athletes.

Picking Up the Tempo in Valencia

By Mark Small

On September 17, Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown gave the welcome speech at the college’s new campus in Valencia, Spain.

Steve Bailey

Six New Chairs Appointed

By Mark Small

Lawrence Simpson, the senior vice president for academic affairs/provost, has announced the appointment of six new department chairs.

The Woodshed

Jeannie Gagné

The Woodshed: Improving Vocal Pitch Accuracy

Jeannie Gagné is an Associate Professor in Berklee’s Voice Department. She leads her own group and has performed or recorded with artists ranging from Penn & Teller to Philip Glass. Her holistic book Your Singing Voice is available through Berklee Press. Visit www.

Regional Spotlights

Trombone Legend Dick Nash: An Appreciation

By Peter Gordon

The resume of Boston-born trombonist Dick Nash '48 lists 3,200 TV and movie score credits.
David Petrelli

Nashville Notes

By David Petrelli

July 2012 was Nashville’s hottest month ever recorded. Now, I’m no meteorologist, but I’d bet that some of our local alumni are partly to blame for the summer heat wave, because they have been on fire!

Alumni Beat

By Karen Bell

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

As always, our L.A.-based alumni have been busy in all quarters of the music industry. Here’s a rundown of what a few have been working on.

Composer Matthias Weber ’91 was nominated in the Best Music category at the 2012 Austrian Academy Awards for his score to Wolfgang...


Coda: Journey to the Center of the Self

By Adam Renn Olenn

As a writer and a musician, I often find myself interested in the spaces between things, those inshore waters that are neither marsh nor open sea but that share aspects of both.

Lead Sheet

Sharing Berklee's Past, Present, and Future

By Mark Small

Since its early days, Berklee has embraced and even pushed the boundaries of technologies for musical creation, education, and getting the word out about the college.

Global Groove

Improvising Global Connections

By Jason Camelio

Toward the end of day one of the“Art of Improvisation: Blues and Jazz” program offered at the Berklee Valencia program this summer, two young women started a discussion with Berklee’s Assistant Chair of Guitar Rick Peckham.

Faculty Highlights

by Mark Small

Ron Savage

Ron Savage remembers the impact of hearing drums at a July 4 paradewhen he was little. “The percussion section of the marching band came by,” Savage recalls, “and according to my parents, I took off running and followed the drums all the way to the end of the parade route.”

Music Business Management Department Chair Don Gorder led the recent panel discussions at MIDEM (the International Music & Media Conference) in Cannes, France; the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa; the Rethink Music Conference in Boston; and at Sony Music Entertainment in New York.

Professor of Ear Training Mitch Seidman recorded the album For One Who Waits, in the Berklee studios. 

Alumni News

by Mark Small

David "DQ" Quinones

When you first meet David “DQ” Quiñones, you’ll immediately notice his high energy level and positive personality. Since earning his MP&E degree from Berklee in 2002, applying all of his skills and personal attributes has enabled Quiñones to become a fast-rising top-liner (melody and lyric...

Wesley J. O’Brien, Ph.D. of North Haven, CT, is publishing the book Music in American Combat Films: A Critical Study

Chris Kemp of Virginia Beach, VA, published Journey to Planet Guitar, which covers scales, chords, modes, and alternate tunings. Visit