Pictured at NAMM, where Berkleemusic was launched in 2002, are (L-R) Gerry Basserman, Propellerhead; Alex Steinhart, Digidesign; Zac Kenney, Cakewalk; Barry Kelly and Michael King of Berkleemusic.com, and online instructors Chris Stone and David Franz. Photo by David Goggin.Anaheim, CA (January 29, 2008)--Berkleemusic, the continuing education division of Boston's Berklee College of Music, celebrated its fifth anniversary of teaching music online, as well as its current rank as the world's largest online music school, at the 2008 Winter NAMM Show.
"Since our inaugural announcement at NAMM in 2002, we have seen tremendous growth with the online school," said Dave Kusek, VP of Berklee Media. "As the business of music has continued to move online, we have taken a leadership role to educate the next generation of producers, performers and entrepreneurs in this rapidly evolving industry landscape."
In five years, Berkleemusic has developed over 130 instructor-led online courses and programs, taught 22,000 students in 70 countries, and become an online training partner for a number of the industry's music software manufacturers. Musicians can take college credit courses and programs in music production, music business, guitar and bass, music theory, harmony and ear training, songwriting and arranging, studying directly with Berklee's faculty.
Berkleemusic has over 200 industry partners and has developed accredited online courses and programs with Ableton, Apple, Digidesign, Cakewalk, IK Multimedia, MOTU, Musicians Friend, Propellerhead, Native Instruments, Steinberg and Waves.
Timothy Self, SVP of Propellerhead, remarked, "Berkleemusic allows us to provide trusted Reason-based curriculum and training anywhere in the world so users can take their production skills closer to their musical dreams."
Berkleemusic continues to develop curriculum to support its partners and is adding a growing number of courses to expand its catalog.
Students who have studied online with Berkleemusic include Scott Underwood (drummer of Train, Grammy-Award winners for Drops of Jupiter), Kristen Henderson (guitarist of Antigone Rising), Zac Baird (keyboardist for Korn), Danny Weinkauf (touring bassist for They Might be Giants), Barry Kerch (drummer of Shinedown), Matt Bachand (guitarist of Shadow's Fall), Justin Shekoski (guitarist for Saoisn), Chris Kirkpatrick (N*Sync) and Fanny Lu (Award-winning Latin Artist).