Pictured in his Los Angeles
studio is London-born Paul
Oakenfold, a Berkleemusic UK
Photo by David Goggin.London, UK (June 25, 2009)--Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, has announced its official launch in the UK. To coincide with this announcement, Berkleemusic is launching a music scholarship program that will award 50 UK-based students the opportunity to study online with its music instructors. A list of patrons, including Sir George Martin, Jeff Beck, Paul Oakenfold, Simon Napier-Bell and Steve Vai, join Berklee in bringing online education opportunities to the UK.
"Music is a wonderful thing and something that I have been able to enjoy all my life," said Berkleemusic Scholarship honoree Sir George Martin. "Getting access to a great musical education can only be a good thing, and now with this initiative, UK-based students are going to be able to access Berklee's remarkable resources directly. I am proud to be a Patron of this innovative program and look forward to seeing it and the students flourish in the years to come."
Berklee alumni have sold tens of millions of records, won over 175 Grammy awards, and count John Mayer, Quincy Jones, Steve Vai, Al DiMeola and Branford Marsalis among their thousands of successful graduates.
Each patron's scholarship will be awarded to two outstanding students every year for five years. This will give 50 UK-based students an opportunity to enroll in a course of their choosing from Berkleemusic's online course catalog.
Berkleemusic will deliver online access to its music curriculum from anywhere in the world. The school’s online courses and certificate programs are fully accredited and taught by the college's faculty, who provide one-on-one direct feedback to students throughout the duration of their course.
Berkleemusic's online course catalog currently features more than 80 individual courses in music production, music business, guitar, bass, voice, theory, technique and songwriting courses. Each course is 12 weeks in length and combines a number of interactive digital demonstrations and video instructions to support the lesson content. Over 20,000 students from 120 countries worldwide have studied with Berkleemusic since the online school's inception in 2002.
Debbie Cavalier, Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee, said, "Berkleemusic has a unique global approach to online music education, bringing world-class musicians and instructors together in a creative and collaborative environment. The British contribution to music has been remarkable, and our UK launch is designed to expand on our commitment to nurture and develop the world's greatest talent. Our scholarship program is the first step towards providing our extensive music resources directly to UK musicians."
Applications for the scholarships are being taken now with a deadline of July 27, 2009. The summer term will begin on June 29, 2009. UK and European Business development for Berkleemusic is being handled by Music Ally.