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Student Experience

Students are at the heart of the Berklee experience, so get the pulse from those who are innovating in practice rooms, business ventures, studios, production labs, and beyond.

Maria Finkelmeier’s Guide to Successful Entrepreneurship

Maria Finkelmeier

Percussionist, educator, composer, and entrepreneur Maria Finkelmeier

Maria Finkelmeier, who the Boston Globe has described as  a “one-woman dynamo,” came to Berklee to drop knowledge about the many successes–and failures–of her lifetime that made her a great entrepreneur. From percussion to public art exhibitions, Finkelmeier has been creative in her engagement with art and its diverse audiences around the world.

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From Student to Intern to Living The Dream

Alicia Callier M.A. ’16, a Berklee Valencia global Entertainment & Music Business alumni, recently got a job at Harmonix as a product manager last year through her ICE Fellowship. Harmonix is one of the world’s leading independent gamedevelopment studios, best known for creating the blockbuster video game franchise Rock Band. This past year, Alicia attended her first PAX West festival, a gaming festival, with the Super Beat Sports product management team. Super Beat Sports is one of Harmonix’s games.

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Jessica Rivera Reminded Me Why I Study Music Business

By Chandler Dalton

Chandler DaltonI walked into Jessica Rivera’s live podcast interview with a full day of anxiety on my shoulders. Rivera, the Executive Vice President and Head of East Coast Operations at Universal Music group, was on campus to host a student song screening, and recorded a live podcast interview beforehand to talk about her work and past accomplishments. With a long to-do list that took all my energy to write, I sat in David Friend Recital Hall ready to zone out. Two hours later, I was a vibrant music student with enough energy to power the entire campus coursing through my veins. Seriously, you could’ve set me up with a life-sized hamster wheel and Berklee would’ve saved a pretty penny on their electricity bill.

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Beyond the Band with Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, is “a gentleman from Texas.” This one-man-band is a singer-songwriter from Austin whose style is unmistakably authentic: potent lyrics sung through husky yet soothing vocals that pierce your guard and make you listen and feel him as he dips in and out of time.

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Playing at Elvis Week

This past August Berklee student Jonathan O’Neal and other Berklee students played at Elvis week at Graceland in Memphis, TN. Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather for Elvis Week to celebrate the legacy of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Jonathan and his band reflect on the surreal experience they had performing at such a memorable and sentimental event:

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