Berkleemusic adds five new college-credit guitar courses and programs to their burgeoning online curriculum – no cowbell, yet.
Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, has added five new online guitar courses and five new college-credit guitar certificate programs to their online curriculum. Courses include Guitar Scales 101; Amps, Effects, and Getting Your Guitar Sound; Guitar Chords 101; Blues Guitar Workshop; and Recording and Producing for Guitarists. The online extension school has enrolled 3,000 students in more than 75 countries around the globe since it opened two years ago.
Berkleemusic’s instructor-led approach to online teaching provides students with access to Berklee’s renowned faculty and curriculum. The online guitar courses are based on the same curriculum that is taught on the physical campus but incorporate a variety of media-rich cutting-edge technologies developed specifically for guitar instruction in the online medium. Berklee’s professors agree that one of the major benefits of the courses are the ease at which personal interaction takes place, fostering a powerful community.
“We spent a great deal of time exploring the technology and teaching of online performance-based courses. Before adding any courses to the catalog, we made sure that they would be of the same high quality as that of the brick-and-mortar guitar courses for which Berklee is so well known,” said Debbie Cavalier, the Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee.
Students have direct access to their instructor thorough weekly scheduled chats, which also allow for lesson discussion between classmates. Additionally, students upload their assignments as MP3 files to their instructor for personalized review.
“This is a must have course for guitar players no matter what level of playing experience,” said John Jenkins, who just finished Guitar Chords 101. “The way the course was laid out and presented was brilliant. The audio and video clips greatly reinforced the material being taught. I’ve searched through a lot of online guitar instruction out there and this Berklee course was by far the best.”
Guitar certificate programs run from one year to three years in length, and provide a comprehensive background in production and guitar, songwriting and guitar, and foundational guitar skills. All online courses and programs are accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), the same institution that accredits Berklee College of Music. Enrollment is now open for the next semester, which begins on June 27, 2005.