Clinics and Master Classes

Building Your Website, Presented by Wix

Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 4:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Building Your Website presented by Wix
Join us as Ohad Bolotin, head of Wix Music, and Jody McNamara, Wix Boston ambassador discuss:
 
• The importance of building your brand and portfolio online through a personal website
• Customized templates for Berklee students built by Wix and how to use them
• General information on how to use Wix 
 
Having a well-crafted personal website is a must in the modern age for any aspiring performer or professional. In this session, representatives from Wix, a leading web development platform, will provide a broad overview of the website-building basics, giving you the tools you need to be well on your way to a strong online presence. Covering everything from landing pages to portfolio showcasing, come learn how to build your website from the ground up.
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Free

Interview with David Greenbaum '05 and Sophie Stern '09

Friday / January 27, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Interview with David Greenbaum '05 and Sophie Stern '09
Grammy Winning Engineer/Producer. Hit Songwriter.
moderated by Bonnie Hayes - Chair, Songwriting
 
Join us for an interview, followed by Q&A with two accomplished Berklee alumni. David Greenbaum '05 garnered three Grammy's for his engineering work on Beck's 2014 album Morning Phase. Sophie Stern '09 is a hit songwriter, who has written songs for pop stars the world over. Together they will discuss navigating the industry, the ever changing technology of music and share insights from their path through Berklee and afterwards as professionals in the music business.
 
David Greenbaum attended Berklee as a drummer, majoring in Music Production & Engineering.  Shortly after graduating David began engineering at Linda Perry's private studio. There he worked with many of today's leading artists, including P!nk, Leona Lewis and Christina Aguilera.  Since then, he's gone on to become a songwriter for Warner Chappell, a composer for TV/Film, and a three time Grammy award-winning engineer, working with such artists as Beck, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, and Pharrell.    
 
Singer and songwriter, Sophie Stern graduated from Berklee in 2009. Upon graduating she was mentored by legendary songwriter, Linda Perry. Not long after she signed with Prescription Songs (headed by Dr. Luke) and Warner Chappell, writing with everyone from Britney Spears and Kesha to American Idol alums such as Katherine McPhee. Sophie has had number 2 #1 hit songs in Europe with UK artist, Connor Maynard. In the midst of all this pop songwriting, Sophie has also put out her own music through Columbia Records, touring the world with her band Sophie & The Bom Boms. She continues to write for other artists, as well as for film, TV and commercials, all the while working on a new solo record.
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Free

A Conversation with Om'Mas Keith, Grammy award winning producer and Prince Charles Alexander, Professor, MP&E

Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
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Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Om'Mas Keith
Join us for a discussion on mentoring and music making between two hip-hop icons. Om'Mas Keith, well-known for his Grammy award winning collaborations with Frank Ocean, will visit for a conversation with Prince Charles Alexander, Professor of MP&E and three time Grammy award winning engineer.
 
A native of Hollis, Queens, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and engineer Om’Mas Keith as a teenager held an internship position at the RCA label, was taught by Max Roach at the University of Massachusetts, and worked beside Run-D.M.C.’s Jam Master Jay. 
 
In 2000, Keith aligned with Shafiq Husayn and Taz Arnold as Sa-Ra Creative Partners. The members worked separately and together on a number of albums, including Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, Rick Ross' Rise to Power, Jill Scott's Real Thing and Erykah Badu's New Amerykah, Pt. 1.
 
After working with Diddy on the Making His Band television series and Last Train to Paris album, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump released Truant Wave, an EP featuring production and vocals from Keith. Subsequent to co-producing Frank Ocean's Grammy-nominated 2012 album Channel Orange, he self-released his own album, the freaky City Pulse, and made it available as a free digital download in January 2013.
 
Prince Charles Alexander is a professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches advanced production and mixing. From the early to mid 80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band." Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.
 
He is a sought after recording and mixing engineer, whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammies and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS.
 
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Free

The Regiment Horns Student Clinic

Thursday / February 16, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Regiment Horns

Berklee alumni Kevin Williams ‘03, Sean Erick ‘06, and Leon Silva Jr. ‘07, known as the Regiment Horns, are currently playing trombone, trumpet, and saxophone in studios and on tour with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Cold Play, Meghan Trainor, and many more. Hear their story of how they formed their trio, how they work as a unit in collaboration with various artists, and about their musical journey since their Berklee days. 

Limited Seating:  Due to the popularity of this event with the student body, there is limiting seating for an alumni attendance. 

NOTE: We will post the link for the live-stream access on Facebook and Twitter the day of the event. 

For questions, please email alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

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Interview with Guest Artist India.Arie

Friday / February 3, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
India.Arie

India.Arie is respected worldwide by her fans and the music industry community for her incredible talent as a singer, songwriter, and performer. She earned seven Grammy nominations for her 2001 double-platinum debut Acoustic Soul, featuring her first hit single “Video,” followed in 2002 by the platinum-selling and critically acclaimed Voyage to India, 2006’s gold-certified Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship and its 2009 sequel, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics.  

With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, the award-winning artist has performed on such prestigious TV specials as the Kennedy Center Honors, the NAACP Awards and the Grammy Awards. Her songs have been featured in motion pictures, including A Shark’s Tale, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Sex and the City. She has played alongside Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elton John, Bette Midler, and Michael McDonald, to name a few.

Join us for a talk with India.Arie about her journey as an artist, the soulfulness and sincerity of her music, her e-book release titled SongVersation: I Am Light, about colorism and being a black woman in America and in the public’s eye, and more.

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Free

CANCELED: Oscar Stagnaro: The Peruvian Connection

Friday / February 10, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Faculty bassist Oscar Stagnaro will present original compositions and versions of jazz tunes. Styles performed will include festejo, landó, Peruvian waltz, tondero, and marinera.  

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Free

The Yuval Ron Ensemble: "The Spicy Score"

Tuesday / February 7, 2017 / 11:00 a.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In this master class, composer Yuval Ron '89 (who scored songs for the 2007 Oscar-winning West Bank Story) will discuss and demonstrate the unique properties of Middle Eastern instruments and Eastern musical modes, as well as innovative approaches in film scoring. Ron has consulted with numerous film composers, including James Horner and Joel Goldsmith, on the use of ethnic instruments and Eastern musical styles. YRM Records has released Film Music of Yuval Ron: 20 Years of Innovative Scores. A TED talk presenter, Ron's ensemble has toured the world and worked in film, TV, video games, theater, dance, and performance arts for more than 30 years.

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Free

Upper Stucture Triads in Motion

Tuesday / March 7, 2017 / 1:15 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Suzanna Sifter

Join Suzanna Sifter, piano professor, to learn a concise method to find upper structure triads for all tension-specific chord types. We will discover how to use upper structure triads in comping, harmonizing melodies, and improvising. The first half of this clinic will be a theoretical presentation of the topic, and the second half will be a demonstration with a jazz quartet.

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Free

Q&A session with Marlon Saunders

Tuesday / March 28, 2017 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join singer, songwriter, producer, vocal coach, vocal contractor, and CEO of 'The Seamless Voice', Marlon Saunders, for a Q&A session. Marlon has worked with artists from all major recording labels and has Broadway artists currently in The Color Purple, Beautiful, The Lion King, and Book of Mormon. Marlon has just returned from touring with Stevie Wonder on 'The Songs In The Key of Life Tour', and as the vocal contractor for Sam Smith and Bastille. Marlon has worked with various artists including: Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Nine Inch Nails and Shania Twain, to name but a few. He has sung on over 100 radio and TV commercials, and appeared as the Calypso Singer in the popular Disney film, Enchanted alongside, Amy Adams. For more info visit: www.theseamlessvoice.com

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Free

Masterclass with Marlon Saunders: When Head Meets Heart, You Will Sing!

Tuesday / March 28, 2017 / 10:00 a.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fresh off the road from Stevie Wonder's 'Songs In The Key of Life Tour', industry veteran singer, songwriter, producer, vocal coach, and vocal contractor Marlon Saunders leads the masterclass: 'When Head Meets Heart, You Will Sing'. Whether its rock, R&B, pop, or gospel, all singing has a system of study that has to be mastered in order to sing with ease and confidence. Marlon works to encourage you to sing from a place where there is no fear, worry, or negative thoughts about yourself or the singing process. This masterclass is suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers, offering the basic principles of voice production, musicianship, song interpretation, and vocal health. Easy-to-follow exercises that incorporate breathing, phrasing, and diction are also included.

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Free

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