Neda Shahram, a student at Berklee’s Valencia campus enrolled in the Global Entertainment Music Business (GEMB) master’s program, shares her experience in initiating a new workshop series at the campus’ library.
For the past two semesters of my graduate career at Berklee Valencia as a GEMB master’s student, I became three times more proud to be surrounded by the next generation of musicians. The three-force pride derives from three different instances, whereby my inspiration stemmed to start conversing musically, Mediterranean-style. All of the instances took place inside the incubator that is Berklee Valencia where—yes—I eavesdropped on passerbys in the hallway, students in class and listened to many concerts and rehearsals. Continue reading
(As written by Gabrielle Banks)
February 15, 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of my acceptance into Berklee’s Global Entertainment and Music Business program. February 21, 2014 will be the six month anniversary of the day I stepped foot in Spain to live and learn. It’s been a wild ride so far, and this is just a fraction of the things I’ve done in a few, short six months:
- Hiked in Sierra Calderona
- Traveled to Rome, Brussels, and Cannes
- Attended one of the biggest music industry conferences in the world (MIDEM)
- Participated in La Tomatina: world famous (and huge!) tomato fight
- Networked with some of the industry’s top execs, right on my own campus
- Met Placido Domingo in the Berklee halls
- Collaborated with some of the most brilliant musicians on the planet
- Drank my weight in sangria
- Caught the first sunrise of the New Year on the beaches of the Mediterranean
- Danced til dawn (and often)
- Partied at dinners until 5 or 6am, discussing latest trends in the music industry with my classmates
- Found (arguably) decent wine at Carrefour for 87 cents/bottle
- Learned how to speak Spanish… Used my acquired knowledge of cursing in Spanish to help cab drivers scold other drivers who cut them off
- Had some of the most intellectual conversations with cab drivers about international Top 40 radio, at 5am.
- Learned about cultures from all over the world, from friends from all corners of the globe
- Experienced paella
- Thought “Hell yeah, let’s do this!” about as often as I’ve thought “What was I thinking? I can’t do this!”
- Worked on music branding campaigns for local organizations, collaborating with fellow Berklee students
- Turned 25 surrounded by some of my favorite people on the planet
- Made friends and family out of the individuals who will surely lead the industry in the coming years
- Made Zara and H&M staples in my wardrobe… taking up about a 75% stake
- Had my limits tested by an insane amount of coursework at times
- Learned way too much about K-Pop
As February 14, 2014 marks exactly 5 months until graduation in July, I am looking forward to this list growing more and more daily. I have a ton of work to do with my Culminating Experience, job applications, a business plan (or two), coursework and some outside projects, but I can’t wait! To Friends, to Travel, to Great Wine, to One Year in Valencia: Let’s get it!
This post was written by Susan Gedutis Lindsay, Associate Director of Instructional Design in the Digital Learning Department.
There are many—dare I say “innumerable”—ways to organize digital learning materials to support student learning. The structure you choose should be driven by the learning goals that you set for the student. As a result, your course design will vary, depending on whether you are teaching a performance topic, a technical topic, or a historical topic. Right now, we are working with liberal arts professor Kate Dacey to create an online Rock History course for Fall 2014 and she has chosen a great lesson structure worth sharing. Continue reading
This post was written by Bill Banfield, a professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society and director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs at Berklee. An award-winning composer, jazz guitarist /recording artist, public radio show host, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press on music, arts, cultural criticism, and history.
I had been waiting to see Lisa Fischer and hear what she sounded like, breathed like, live in person. We have all been pleasantly stunned by 20 Feet from Stardom. This is a film about the lives of the background singers. The film follows the behind-the-scenes of singers Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry. On January 16, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. Continue reading