Nashville Music Masters Share Business Secrets with Berklee College Students on “Alternative” Spring Break

Mitzi Dorbu
March 11, 2009
Janis Ian
Photo by Peter Cunningham
Photo provided by the artist

More than 100 Berklee students—some from countries around the globe—will make a pilgrimage to the music mecca of Nashville TN, pursuing an educational experience during their spring break, March 14–18.

For more than 20 years, students have come to Nashville to gain an insider's knowledge of the music industry by meeting and learning from top performers, songwriters, publishers, producers, and engineers. This "alternative" spring break has proven to be just the music marathon that could help shape their music careers.

Berklee professors Pat Pattison and Stephen Webber have lined up a stellar group of artists this year to meet with students, including Grammy-winning performers and songwriters Mike Reid, Gary Burr, Janis Ian, and Kathy Mattea. The students will tour Nashville’s top studios and enjoy a recording session experience at the Tracking Room with A-list players including Brent Mason, Eddie Bayers, and special guest Delbert McClinton. Platinum-selling producer Kyle Lehning and Grammy-winning songwriter Mike Reid will also talk shop with the students.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music, be it hip-hop, rock, jazz, country, gospel, electronica, Latin, or funk. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who’s who" of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.