Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Fall 2016

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Hamilton's Helpers

By Mark Small

Harvard and Berklee to Offer Dual Degree in 2017

Harvard and Berklee to Offer Dual Degree in 2017

By Nick Balkin

In the fall of 2017, Harvard College and Berklee will launch a new five-year dual degree. The new program will enable students to earn a bachelor of arts at Harvard and a master of music or a master of arts at Berklee. Student applications for the program are now being accepted.

Scholarship Support from Japan

By Virginia Fordham

Scholarships: Investing in Extraordinary Students in Need of Support

By Cindy Albert Link

As Berklee Today goes to press, Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee reached $83.7 million on the way to its $100 million goal, a remarkable milestone as the third year of the campaign’s five-year public phase begins.

Expanding the Board of Trustees

Among the many details involved in merging the Boston Conservatory with Berklee College of Music is the expansion of the board of trustees to include board members from the Conservatory. Below is a brief professional career biography for each of the members as an introduction to the Berklee...

Music Education on a Massive Scale

By Pat Healy

When Leah Waldo ’10 was preparing for graduate work at Harvard, she learned the value of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The math MOOCs she took far surpassed her experience with commercially available textbooks. Typically, MOOCs consist of filmed lectures, quizzes, peer-to-peer reviews,...

Graduate Students Take Flight

Graduate Students Take Flight

By Amanda Tornel / Mark Small

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony: Working at the Grammys

By Mark Small

For the past two years, Jeriel Johnson ’05 has worked for The Recording Academy® in Los Angeles. He was recently promoted to the role of senior project manager and oversees the awards process for the R&B, rap, and reggae style categories leading up to the Grammy Awards.

Regional Spotlights

Ray Greene: Here, There, Everywhere

By Curtis Killian

Ray Greene '96

Producer on the Rise

By Peter Gordon

Nolan Lambroza

L.A. Spotlight

By Justine Taormino / Zack Lucia

In an industry filled with celebrity musicians and blockbuster movies, it’s a challenge to cultivate opportunities and relationships in an organic fashion.

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

Mike Puwal Chad Lee

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Fiddling with Jazz Chords

Fiddle tunes are an incredibly deep reservoir of instrumental melodies that have been molded by the passage of time, and yet, they remain infinitely malleable.


Scoring in Los Angeles

By Mark Small

Alumni find their niche writing for video games, animated TV shows, documentaries, feature films, and more.


Learning Things That Don't Come Naturally

By Mark Small

During a wide-ranging conversation, I asked now retired professor emeritus Hal Crook if he had set any goals for himself after his retirement from the college. He answered with characteristic wit.

Lead Sheet

Understanding the Role of a Teacher

By Max Levinson

The immediate result of in-depth work was that I played three measures of Bach significantly better than I had before the lesson. But I learned some other things that day as well.

Faculty Highlights

Piano instructor Jason Yeager is producing, arranging, and performing on the debut album of Broadway star Julie Benko for release in the spring of 2017.

Associate professor Mimi Rabson has contracted to write the book Arranging for Strings for Hal Leonard Corporation.

Alumni News

by Mark Small

After hearing Prasanna’s guitar playing, my first impression was that I’d never seen or heard anyone approach the instrument as he does. The seemingly endless variety of long and short glissandi and other left-hand inflections in his solos give his playing a most exotic sound

Jazz composer and saxophonist Tommy Smith of Larkhall, Scotland, released the album Modern Jacobite featuring his new symphonic work “Jacobite” and his re-imaginings of the music of Rachmaninoff and Chick Corea. Visit

Vocalist Maureen Murphy of Nashville, TN, is currently touring with Zac Brown Band and STS9. She has been featured on the albums The Universe Inside by STS9, Fuego by Phish, and Jekyll + Hyde by the Zac Brown Band. Murphy has performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Fenway Park, Wembley Arena in London, and more.