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Berklee From Home

For a fraction of the cost and inconvenience of actually attending the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, you can take exciting courses in music production, writing, business and theory online:


    “David [Franz] was able to make an online music class come alive and teach a topic that I did not think was possible via online classes. I’m impressed and will highly recommend the classes.” -F. Courage

    Pro Tools 101
    Berkleemusic and Digidesign have teamed up to bring you this preparatory Pro Tools course. Once available only at certified Digidesign training centers, Digidesign’s official Pro Tools 101 is now online to get you on the road to becoming a certified Pro Tools operator.
    Tuition: $1095.00 Sale $995.00, Duration: 10 Weeks

    Desktop Music Production by Michael Bierylo and David Mash
    Master the tools and techniques for producing great-sounding music at home … and create high quality recordings ready for CD or MP3!
    Tuition: $795.00, Duration: 12 weeks

    Producing with Pro Tools Suite by David Franz
    Become a ProTools expert in our three-course suite that will give you everything you need to create great-sounding home recordings with Digidesign’s ProTools software, the new standard for digital music production. The ProTools suite includes three of our popular four-week courses, “ProTools Basics: Set Up & Recording”, “Pro Tools Digital Audio Editing,” and “Pro Tools MIDI Recording and Editing.”
    Tuition: $795.00, Duration: 12 weeks

    Pro Tools Basics: Setup & Recording by David Franz
    Get the expertise you need to begin producing high-quality music on your home computer.
    Tuition: $395.00, Duration: 4 weeks

    Pro Tools Digital Audio Editing by David Franz
    Get valuable, hands-on experience with a range of digital editing tools and techniques.
    Tuition: $395.00, Duration: 4 weeks

    Pro Tools MIDI Recording and Editing by David Franz
    Maximize your MIDI capabilities with the power of ProTools
    Tuition: $395.00, Duration: 4 weeks

    MIDI Sequencing Basics by Michael Moss
    Learn how to create natural-sounding MIDI arrangements using Reason software (Reason provided free-of-charge for the duration of the class).
    Tuition: $295.00, Duration: 3 weeks


    “I love the lyric writing course. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve done online. I feel I’m improving each day. -J. Haile

    Lyric Writing by Pat Pattison
    Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
    Tuition: $795.00, Duration: 12 weeks

    Songwriting Workshop by Jimmy Kachulis
    Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting your songs the way hit writers do.
    Tuition: $495.00, Duration: 6 weeks

    Finale Basics: Essential Techniques by Jonathan Feist
    Create great-looking music quickly and easily with powerful Finale music notation software.
    Tuition: $495.00, Duration: 6 weeks

    Finale: Strategies for Speed and Style by Jonathan Feist
    Harness the full power of Finale with techniques to maximize speed, control and accuracy.
    Tuition: $495.00, Duration: 6 weeks


    “I love the exercises and hands-on practice in this course, especially the virtual keyboard. I’m finally getting things I haven’t before–and it’s fun! The instructor has given me great feedback, and I always feel like he really wants me to learn the material.” – C. Johnson

    Music Theory 101 by Paul Schmeling
    Get the musical foundation you need to take your skills to a higher level. Learn to read, write, really listen … and put theory into practice every day!
    Tuition: $795.00, Duration: 12 weeks

    Music Business

    “It’s the best music college there is and their instructors are 2nd to none. As a resource you know that you’re getting the best advice from professionals who are out there doing it.” -R. Foosaner

    Marketing Yourself in the Music Industry by Peter Spellman
    Take charge of your career. Develop strategies for success. Learn how to promote yourself and the skills that make you unique.
    Tuition: $495.00, Duration: 6 weeks

    Accelerate Your Music Career by Keith Hatschek
    Choose the career you really want. Learn what it takes to make it happen.
    Tuition: $495.00, Duration: 6 weeks

    Promotion 101: Creating a Promo Kit that Works by Susan Gedutis
    Tell your story in a way that increases gigs, airplay and media coverage.
    Tuition: $295.00, Duration: 3 weeks

About Eric Olsen

  • san

    I thought you were being sarcastic at first, but some of the courses, like Pro Tools, could be of real help for some people. I think the 12-week lyric writing course is a bit of stretch, though.

    I’m of two minds about online courses and degrees: on the one hand, are you getting the same quality of education you would at the actual institution? On the other hand, it sort of levels the playing field. Bright people who don’t have the money, undergrad or high school transcripts, or blind luck to marticulate in a great program at a revered school now have some opportunity to play with the big boys.

    What I really need is an online MFA in Creative Writing from some place like UC Irvine or Stanford.

  • Jen Raj

    This is also great for folk like who may already chaulked up the big bucks for a degree in something totally unrelated, but who now realize they’ve barked up the wrong tree for quite some time and now have the handcuffs of school related bills and a 9-5′r and don’t have the immediate timefunds to start compeletly over. Not that I am talking about myself.. or anything..

    But seriously, something like this will allow me to follow my heart while allowing my head to stay in stable adult bill paying land till I break through.

  • Bennett