Welcome to the resources page for Berklee Global Academic Partner students.
Advising Resources for Berklee-Track Students
Berklee Global Academic Partners Berklee-Track Guide: This detailed document includes important details about the Berklee admissions process, major advising and declaration, and other academic support information for Berklee.
Berklee Global Academic Partner Student Frequently Asked Questions: This FAQ page includes answers to common questions about the Berklee admissions process, major advising and declaration, and other academic support information.
Upcoming livestreamed events open to Berklee Global Academic Partner students are listed here. Visit the Watch Anytime and Learning Resources sections to view prerecorded content, including previous livestreamed sessions.
Ask Berklee Global Initiatives
These are drop-in sessions for Berklee Global Academic Partner schools. All students, faculty, and staff from the partner schools are welcome to join the sessions. New sessions will be announced soon. Click the link(s) below to register.
Berklee Global Connections Series
- Global Connections: Celebrating the Modern Sounds of Jamaica, October 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET: Join Berklee faculty member Michael Sean Harris and prominent Belgian/Jamaican musician Gerd Beyens for this engaging session that will demonstrate Jamaican music and connect Jamaican musicians with the Berklee community. Register now.
- Global Connections: Processing Grief Through the Arts: October 21, 2021, 3:00 p.m. ET: Have you ever lost anyone due to suicide? Have you felt lonely when processing grief? Everybody has a role to play in preventing suicide, and we would love to support you by sharing some examples of how music and arts can help your grieving process. We hope that this session provides you with resources on suicide prevention and how to manage your life situations in more positive ways through the arts. Register now.
Global Connections: Celebrating the Modern Sounds of Egypt: On August 5, 2021, Berklee student Yassin El Noshokaty, Ahmad El Haggar ’16, and Egyptian rapper Mosalem shared their experiences of being aspiring Egyptian musicians with the Berklee community. The goal of the session was to explore the Egyptian music scene to help make Berklee more accessible to Middle Eastern students. Click the title to view the video.
Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics 2021: Celebrate, Learn, and Engage: On July 9, 2021, Berklee and the Umbria Jazz Clinics (UJC) presented a remote event for our Umbria Jazz Clinics (UJC) community to celebrate this historic program and look forward to our 35th anniversary program in person in 2022. Global Initiatives hosted three sessions designed for the program community to come together and celebrate the unique experience of the clinics, connect with the program directors and Berklee faculty for expert insights, and come away with some tools and approaches that musicians need to cultivate a successful professional path in today's music scene.
- Session 1: Celebrate: Special Panel with Giovanni Tommaso and Matthew Nicholl, and Alumni Guests Sarah McKenzie and Luigi Grasso
- Session 2: Learn: The Modern Musician’s Toolbox, Featuring Yoron Israel and Nick Grondin
- Session 3: Engage: Performance and Production Critiques, Featuring Andrea Pejrolo and Cindy Scott
Berklee Latin Music Studies (LMS) and Global Connections Present a Conversation with Amilton Godoy: On June 26, 2021, LMS and Global Initiatives hosted a conversation and master class with Amilton Godoy, legendary Brazilian pianist and founding member of the Zimbo Trio, whose prolific career has spanned 60 years. During the session, he shared his perspective from his legendary career and demonstrated some of his iconic arrangements for the Zimbo Trio and other artists. This session features an incredible who’s who of Brazilian artists as Godoy was joined by special guests Dom Salvador, Antonio Adolfo, Jovino Santos, Fabio Torres, and Helio Alves. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Forensic Musicology by Dr. Joe Bennett: Dr. Joe Bennett, an expert in the field of forensic musicology, revealed some of the elements of this science and its impact on real-world music copyright cases. Click the title to view the video.
Unlocking Your Creative Impact: Vital Elements for Being an Independent Musician: On June 21, 2021, leading music industry and creative entrepreneurship professionals from Berklee and Henley Business School hosted a series of remote sessions that dig into topics to help you elevate your skills as an independent musician.
- Session 1: Unlock Your Entrepreneurship Mindset for the Independent Musician
- Session 2: You Are Your Own Brand/Digital Marketing
- Session 3: Becoming a World-Class Artist
- Session 4: Online Music Performance and Songwriting
Global Connections: A Conversation with Olle Romo: On June 2, 2021, Olle Romo had an in-depth conversation with Music Production and Engineering Department faculty Enrique Gonzalez Müller covering the real-world inner workings of what it means to be a world-class producer, engineer, and performer. Drawing from his wide-ranging experience working alongside artists like Muse, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Shania Twain, and Elton John, Romo unveiled the traits of a music industry professional as well as shared session demonstrations shedding light on these elusive crafts. Click the title to view the video.
2021 K-Pop Summit: From May 19 to May 21, 2021, Berklee's student club K-Pop Initiative teamed up with Global Initiatives and the Professional Music Department to present the first virtual K-Pop Summit. The K-Pop Summit introduced K-pop professionals to students seeking to advance their careers in the music and entertainment industry.
- Discussion: Let’s Talk K-Pop
- Master Class: K-Pop Music Production
- Master Class: K-Pop Mixing and Engineering
- Master Class: Editing for Korean Film and Media
- Interactive Class: K-Pop Dance
Global Connections: Composition Master Class: On May 17, 2021, Berklee Global Initiatives and Siam Music Yamaha presented a special composition master class with renowned composers, artists, and educators, including Richard Carrick, chair of the Composition Department, and Gabriele Vanoni, assistant chair of the Composition Department. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Jamaica's Influences on the Music Industry and Pop Culture: On April 22, 2021, the Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) delivered an engaging conversation with Jamaican artists and educators Michael Sean Harris, Ashley Keiko, Joe Davis, and Othniel Lewis. The session was hosted by student Ariana Stanberry and alumni Safiya Lesli and Evad Campbell. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: My Life in Music: On April 22, 2021, Siam Music Yamaha and Berklee Global Initiatives invited program alumni to share their experiences studying music and developing their careers as professional musicians. The musical traditions in Thailand are diverse and impressive, and becoming more prominent and influential in Southeast Asia and beyond. Siam Music Yamaha and Berklee students are leading successful careers in this rich music industry. Click the title to view the video.
Conversation with Aida Cuevas: On April 14, 2021, Berklee Latin Music Studies and Berklee Latino presented a conversation with Mexican vocalist Aida Cuevas, known as the Queen of Ranchera Music. Cuevas has won a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for her work in the regional Mexican genre. The first female singer in the traditional mariachi genre to win a Grammy, she possesses a unique voice and style that has helped her cultivate a successful career for more than four decades. Click the title to view the video.
Music in the Age of COVID: Best Practices from Around the World: Musicians have a talent for finding new and innovative ways to survive and even thrive despite the devastating impact of COVID-19. Watch panel discussions featuring renowned musicians and industry experts from across the globe as they share resources, tools, and strategies on how to make a living with your music during a pandemic.
- Africa and India Panel
- Jacques Murigande (a.k.a. Mighty Popo), artist and educator
- Aditya Balani, director of the Global Music Institute
- Godwin Tom, founder of the Music Business Academy for Africa
- Louise Carver, South African folk-rock singer-songwriter and pianist
- Moderators: Tonya Butler and Jason Camelio
- Asia Pacific Panel
- Terence Leong, group CCO of KKBOX Group
- Jae Chong, singer-songwriter, producer
- Julia Wu '15, R&B singer, Berklee alumna
- Taku Hirano '95, percussionist, touring artist, Berklee alumnus
- Moderators: Hae Joo Kim and Christopher Wares
- Americas and Europe Panel
- Nannette Velez, director of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation
- Will Wells B.M. '11, producer, songwriter, musician, recording engineer, Berklee alumnus
- Caleb Chapman, Grammy-nominated educator, executive, producer, author, performer
- Chris Cooke, cofounder and managing director of Complete Music Update (CMU)
- Moderators: Ralph Jaccodine and Toki Wright
This event is generously sponsored by the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev (AVK) Cultural Heritage Fund.
Global Connections: The Meaning and Importance of Latin Music: On March 31, 2021, four well-known Berklee professors talked about the meaning and importance of today’s Latin music and the courses that are offered as part of the Latin minor studies program at the college. Click the title to view the video.
Coffee Talk: Ratings Audition Special: In this bonus episode of the Coffee Talk podcast, a guitar faculty panel shared thoughts and advice on the much-feared ratings audition. Abby Aronoson-Zocher, David Fiuczynski, and Jon Finn joined the usual gang of Kim Perlak, Sheryl Bailey, and Ian Steed to dispel myths about ratings auditions and offer insight on sight-reading and improvisation skills. This was presented by Berklee's Guitar Department. Click the title to hear the podcast.
Performance Ear Training: Faculty Panel on Rhythm with Professors David Gilmore, David Tronzo, Jon Finn, and Tim Miller: Berklee's Guitar Department chairs and four professors shared tools on learning rhythm and improving your time. The event included a panel discussion and mini-lessons. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Listen Like a Producer with Gael Hedding of Berklee Abu Dhabi: On March 30, 2021, Gael Hedding, director of the Berklee Abu Dhabi Center, shared tools and insights on how to listen and analyze music productions like a producer, both in a quantitative and qualitative manner, leading to a better understanding of techniques utilized in professional music production. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Transformational Music Production with Stephen Webber: On March 23, 2021, Emmy-winning composer and music producer Stephen Webber hosted a workshop about the tools and strategies employed by top artists and producers to create recordings filled with emotional impact, regardless of musical style. He also shared about Berklee's new campus in New York City and the transformation of the Power Station studios. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: A Voice Workshop with Cindy Scott: On December 10, 2020, Nakas Conservatory of Music and Berklee Global Initiatives teamed up to host a new Global Connections series session for musicians and prospective students in Greece and all over the world. Cindy Scott, associate professor in Berklee's Voice Department, worked with Nakas students on approaches for enhancing vocal skills. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Something on Rhythm Section: On December 9, 2020, faculty from Berklee and Dublin City University (DCU) talked about the functionalities of the rhythm section and how DCU's innovative music programs approach its pedagogy. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Destination Berklee: On December 8, 2020, Berklee Global Initiatives and Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology teamed up to offer this Global Connections session for current and prospective students and music lovers worldwide. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Berklee Week at Rimon, Session 1: Berklee Global Initiatives delivered a week of remote engagements starting on December 1, 2020, with our Berklee Global Academic Partner the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat HaSharon, Israel. The sessions featured accomplished graduates of the Rimon-Berklee program who started at Rimon and finished at Berklee as they share their experiences as students and professionals. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Berklee Week at Rimon, Session 2: Entitled Berklee RAIDAR and Rimon Music Technology Innovation Program, this session on December 2, 2020, delved into Berklee’s new music licensing platform, RAIDAR (Rights and Asset Information in Decentralized, Authoritative Repositories), with Nicole d'Avis, director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and her students. This session also featured Rimon alumnus Nir Averbuch and Nava Swersky Sofer, head of the music, technology, and innovation program at Rimon School of Music. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Berklee Week at Rimon, Session 3: On December 3, 2020, Berklee Week at Rimon closed out with this presentation and discussion entitled the Music of Stevie Wonder presented by Rick McLaughlin, composer, bassist, and Berklee professor of harmony. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Start at Selkirk College and Finish at Berklee: On November 30, 2020, Berklee Global Initiatives and Selkirk College presented this Global Connections session for current and prospective students on how Selkirk and Berklee collaborate to deliver a high-quality music education experience for their students. Located in Castlegar, Canada, Selkirk is a Berklee Global Academic Partner offering robust music education programs supported by virtuosic faculty members. Selkirk also boasts exceptional students who have gone on to study at Berklee’s undergraduate program in Boston. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Starting Your Music Career at DCU—Learn About the Berklee Pathway Program: On November 23, 2020, Global Initiatives initiated a conversation about Dublin City University’s innovative music programs and how the partnership with Berklee changes their educational landscape. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Today’s Global Dominican Musicians: On November 13, 2020, Global Initiatives invited recent Berklee graduates Ivana Cuesta, winner of Hits Like a Girl; Pauly German, Berklee in Santo Domingo full-tuition scholarship recipient; Vlade Guigni, graduate of Berklee's Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz) program and social media phenom; and Angel Irizarry, Berklee jazz composition major, for a discussion on what it takes to be a successful global Dominican musician. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: The Significance of Today's K-Pop Industry: On November 13, 2020, the CJ Cultural Foundation and Global Initiatives hosted a new Global Connections Series event for our prospective students and musicians in Korea. Hae Joo Kim, assistant chair of the Professional Music Department, and Jonathan Perkins, assistant chair of the Songwriting Department, shared their experiences and perspectives on the K-pop industry. Kim shared her insights into the K-pop global phenomenon, and Perkins delved into the writing and production aspects of the genre. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: The Art of Groove Making: On November 12, 2020, Communication University of China (CUC) and Berklee Global Initiatives hosted a new Global Connections session that focused on the art of playing grooves. The world-renowned multiinstrumentalist Kenwood Dennard and Berklee alumnus, composer, guitarist, and CUC instructor Chris Florio shared their expertise as artists and educators on the art groove making. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: A Conversation with Oscar D'León: On November 11, 2020, Oscar D'León shared compelling stories about his musical journey. The legendary Venezuelan artist known as the "Pharaoh of Salsa” was named Best Salsa Artist at the Venezuela Music Awards in 2014 and has had a successful touring and recording career spanning 50 years. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: The Art of Remote Collaboration: Chamber Music from Hell: On November 11, 2020, Berklee alumnus Chris Opperman '00 and renowned bassist, composer, and producer Kurt Morgan hosted the Global Connections Series with the Art of Remote Collaboration: Chamber Music from Hell. Two brilliant, creative minds, Opperman and Morgan have taken a unique pathway to create this new musical project during the pandemic and in the process have created exceptional art. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration): On November 9, 2020, Danilo Pérez (artistic director for the Global Jazz Institute) along with Marco Pignataro (managing direvtor for the Global Jazz Institute), and current BGJI students shared their vision and experience of the institute and how the program empowers them to better our world. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Berklee Global Academic Partner IMEP Paris College of Music: On October 29, 2020, Global Initiatives and IMEP Paris College of Music were teaming up to host this new Global Connections Series event. IMEP Paris College of Music is a Berklee Global Academic Partner located in the heart of Paris. It features world-renowned artist educators, including bassist Peter Giron and Berklee alumni and saxophonists Rick Margitza and Phil Hilfiker. IMEP also boasts exceptional students who have gone on to be among the best at Berklee’s undergraduate program in Boston. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Latin Music Industry Panel: On October 28, 2020, The Berklee Performance Division and Latin Music Studies hosted a live conversation moderated by student Jimena Caballero, with special guests who are currently working in the Latin Music industry: Marc Quiñones (Percussionist), Nannette Velez (Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation), Luis Enrique (Singer-Songwriter), and Carolina Arenas (Audio Network US, Inc.). Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Paquito D'Rivera and Berta Rojas: Where Jazz Meets Classical: On October 16, 2020, Berklee Global Initiatives and the Professional Performance Division teamed up to host a live discussion about the intersection of jazz and classical music. This event featured Paquito D'Rivera, the Grammy-winning performer and composer, and Berta Rojas, the world-renowned classical guitarist and Berklee faculty member. It was moderated by faculty member Oscar Stagnaro. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Audience Building and Entrepreneurship for the Creative Performing Artist: On October 6, 2020, Berklee Global Initiatives hosted a webinar with prominent guitarist, entrepreneur, and Berklee alumnus Roy Ziv, who demonstrated new avenues of creative entrepreneurship in the current ecology of the music industry. This session was moderated by Laura B. Whitmore, vice president of marketing for Positive Grid, the globally acclaimed music technology company and maker of BIAS FX and Spark. Global Initiatives and Positive Grid teamed up to offer this session free for musicians, students, and music lovers worldwide. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Chabuca Granda 100 Years of Celebration Concert: On September 3, 2020, Berklee Global Initiatives and Berklee Latino presented a musical tribute to Chabuca Granda, the renowned Peruvian composer of “La flor de la canela,” which honored, through her lyrics and melodies, Granda's life experiences and admiration for nature. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: The Art of Music Production by Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Part II: On August 18, 2020, Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Latin Grammy Award–winning professor in Berklee’s Music Production and Engineering Department, hosted the Global Connections webinar to talk about the art of music production. During the session, Gonzalez Müller reviewed the top three student productions from the Art of Music Production Competition winners. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: The Art of Music Production by Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Part I: On July 21, 2020, Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Latin Grammy Award–winning professor in Berklee’s Music Production and Engineering Department, hosted the Global Connections webinar to talk about the art of music production. This was an interactive session that aimed to provide Berklee Global Partner students with a mentorship opportunity. Click the title to view the video.
Global Connections: Body Mapping for Musicians by Doug Johnson: On July 16, 2020, Berklee piano professor Doug Johnson hosted a Global Connections webinar to talk about body mapping for musicians. Body mapping is a process of developing a more accurate perception of one’s physical structure. With this newly refined and fully embodied understanding, major breakthroughs in skill and artistry become possible. For instance, when you perceive the structure and movement of your hand more clearly, it can be like getting a new toolbox with tools that are perfect for the job. You will find more freedom of movement because you will be moving in harmony with your physical structure. Click the title link to view the video.
Global Connections: Versatility and Creativity in Today's Music Industry: On July 1, 2020, award-winning composer, songwriter, singer, and producer Gabriel Mann and composer, trumpet player, and Berklee alumnus Niv Toar hosted this Global Connections webinar to provide students with a great mentorship opportunity.
- Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound by Jan Schnupp, Israel Nelken, and Andrew J. King, the MIT Press, 2012
- Aural Skills Acquisition: The Development of Listening, Reading, and Performing Skills in College-Level Musicians by Gary S. Karpinski, Oxford University Press, 2000
- Psychology of Music by Diana Deutsch, Academic Press, 2013
- Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance by Siu-Lan Tan, Peter Pfordresher, and Rom Harré, Routledge, 2018
Websites and Apps
- auditoryneuroscience.com: This site contains educational materials to support the study of auditory phenomena.
- dronetonetool.com: This site generates drone tones.
- iTablaPro: This is an electronic tabla and tanpura sound generator.
- Pop-up Piano: This site provides a visual and auditory aid to support remote and in-class ear training lessons.
- randscullard.com/CircleOfFifths: This site shows the circle of fifths with related modes.
Berklee ensemble class projects: Ron Savage, dean of the Professional Performance Division, shares the Berklee remote ensemble class projects that students and faculty created together. This demonstrates how Berklee students and faculty collaborate to overcome the performance limilations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8, Third Movement, Performed by the Back Bay String Quartet (audio only)
- "Caught up in the Rapture" by Anita Baker, Performed by the GD/GB Ensemble (video)
- "Homayoun" by Amir Darabi, Performed by the Mixed World Ensemble (video)
Electronic Production and Design (EPD)
Songs That Have subV7s
(Sources: Harmony Department Storehouse, TuneFile, McLaughlin)
- "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" by Harry Connick Jr
- "Walking" by Mary Mary
- "The List" by Moonchild
- "Summer Soft" by Stevie Wonder
- "Just" by Radiohead
- "Better Times" by Steve Swallow
- "Look To The Sky" by Emily Remler
- "A Good Fool Is Hard To Find" by Albert Collins
- "Eternal Triangle" by Sonny Stitt
- "Soon As I Get Paid" by Keb’ Mo
- "Love on Top" by Beyoncé
- "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway
- "Stormy Blues" by Billie Holiday
- "Sweet and Lovely" by Thelonious Monk
- "Claudia" by Irakere
- "Weird Nightmare" by Charles Mingus
- "Ask Me Now" by Thelonious Monk
- "Brussels in the Rain" by Paquito D’Rivera
- "Come Back Baby" by Tower of Power
- "You're Still a Young Man" by Tower of Power
- "Still on My Brain" by Justin Timberlake
- "Lately" by Stevie Wonder
The tools below are technology resources that administrators and faculty may use to facilitate online engagement and remote instruction.
- Jamtaba is an open coded online jam session tool. A user guide is here.
- Loopback is audio routing software. A user guide is here.
- Network-based collabotative music making: This is an introduction to the network-based collaborative music making provided by the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo.
- Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is open coded software for live video streaming. A user guide is here.
Berklee Online Video Series:Watch the Berklee Online instruction videos on various topics.
Hal Crook Play-Alongs: Access downloadable lead sheets and play-along audio files written by award-winning jazz trombonist, composer, and former Berklee faculty member Hal Crook.
Hal Crook Tune Book: Access the lead sheets of some of Hal Crook's original jazz compositions.
Practice Exercises: To help you prepare for the blues and improvisation section of the Berklee audition, we have provided downloadable audio files and lead sheets in various voicings, keys, and styles. We suggest practicing with the examples that do not have your instrument included on the track.
The Art of Music Production Competition Winners
After carefully reviewing all submissions, Professor Enrique Gonzalez Müller and the Global Initiatives team have selected the 10 best productions. We thank all of the Berklee Global Academic Partner students and faculty members who participated in the Art of Production sessions and competition. We're excited to share your work on our Student Resources page. See the full list of winners below. Winners are listed in alphabetical order by song name.
- "Alacrán" by Luis Carlos Guinea Moctezuma from Rec Música Centro de Estudios Musicales, Mexico
- "Cachée en toi" by Constantin de Massé from IMEP Paris College of Music, France
- "In My Own Defense" by Maíra Vianna and Dylan Powell from Cuyahoga Community College, U.S.
- "Jorgibre" by Jorge Jiménez Bravo from Projazz Instituto Profesional, Chile
- "Looking for Love" by Caridad Espinosa from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ-CoM), Ecuador
- "Me quiere Vacilá" by Daniel Esteban Gómez, a.k.a. Dany Roots, from Escuela de Música, Medios, Arte y Tecnología (EMMAT), Columbia
- "Never Let Me Go" by Qiannian Wong from International College of Music (ICOM), Malaysia
- "Solitario Corazón" by Alberto Urrutia from Projazz Instituto Profesional, Chile
- "Trikumia" by Panagiotis Malandris from the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, Greece
- "Work" by Tomás Domínguez from the Projazz Instituto Profesional, Chile
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