Program Description

As a contemporary writing and production major, you’ll learn how to create and produce professional music recordings, exploring your role as a writer, producer, and conductor. Over eight semesters, while completing the college’s core music curriculum, you’ll acquire the aesthetic and technical skills required for work in a studio environment. You will work with a diverse community of musicians, faculty, and industry professional on the college’s Boston campus, with access our state of the art technology and recording facilities, combining your bachelor’s degree studies with real world experience.

Program Details

The student majoring in contemporary writing and production will study composition, arranging, scoring, and production techniques and approaches—and will learn to apply these skills and concepts by writing for and overseeing the production of a wide variety of instrumental, vocal, acoustic, and electronic combinations, ranging from small workshop groups to a studio orchestra in live performance situations and recording studio environments. The student will explore contemporary concepts and techniques of arranging and sound production in both the analog and digital domains and will gain valuable experience by being able to create, arrange, and produce projects using MIDI workstations and the Berklee recording studios. Interpersonal and other situational skills will be developed as the student works with performers, "clients" (i.e., instructors and other students), and studio personnel in a variety of creative settings as music writer, conductor, and/or producer.

The student will be presented with many opportunities to develop the ability to recognize, analyze, and evaluate musical concepts of jazz, pop, rock, and other contemporary music idioms and styles through the study of quality compositions and arrangements. Interacting with faculty who are also professional writers, arrangers, producers, and conductors, the student will develop techniques and skills that will enhance the creative adaptation of his/her musical projects. Applying the writing and production concepts and techniques learned, the student will complete a graduation portfolio of at least four pieces, which will demonstrate understanding of traditional and contemporary writing and production styles.

The contemporary writing and production major will develop the skills and knowledge to function as a professional writer, arranger, and producer under a wide variety of conditions and music industry environments.


A Versatile Skill Set

Contemporary writing and production courses taught Bryan Ouellette to see himself not just as a guitarist, but as a well-rounded musician able to turn concepts into music.

Program at a Glance


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