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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.

How We Hacked Our Berklee Experience: Tips from Alumni

“Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!” Hannah Montana back in the day said it best, and as we head into the second half of our school year, the student team at Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) has been wondering, how do students rock their Berklee experience? It’s safe to say we’ve all come to Berklee with the intention of learning. However, learning has many different forms. The Majors Grids we follow for academic completion are very helpful, but what other practices have we used to personalize and curate a collegiate career that is right for us?

As we close 2018 and prepare for the new year, the BerkleeICE team asked various alumni about their personalized Berklee experiences.

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Students Interact with Top Industry Players at Internship Expo 2018

The Career Center’s Internship Expo this fall was an exclusive opportunity for students to network with over 20 employers from across the arts and entertainment industries. Here, students Ananya Ruth Samuel and Sam Smith share their reflections on the opportunities and experiences they encountered this year.

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“I am a music therapy major and was skeptical about gaining anything from the Expo. I was surprised to find that there was a representative from Massachusetts General Hospital with opportunities for the Health and Wellness community. Regardless of my major, I gained confidence in talking to industry professionals and learning what each company offered to future interns was exciting.”

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Check from Larry Berk to Joseph Schillinger

Active History: Experiencing the Past and Future through Music

By Andrew Schroeder

Andrew Schroeder giving a presentation in the Berklee Archives

Andrew Schroeder gives a presentation in the Berklee Archives.

One afternoon in the Berklee Archives, as I combed through innumerable folders containing records of Berklee’s younger days, I happened upon an old check. It was a stub for music lessons. The check was written to Joseph Schillinger and signed by none other than Berklee College of Music’s founder, Lawrence Berk. In 1945, Berk would open Schillinger House, a new school dedicated to teaching the Schillinger System of Musical Composition. In 1954, Berk renamed Schillinger House to Berklee School of Music, after his son, Lee Berk. Here was a transactional snapshot of a relationship that would be integral to the formation of a world-class institution, and I was holding it.

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Ritardando and Glitter: Playing Violin at Newport Folk Festival 2018

Louisa Byron gets ready for the Lucius performance

Louisa Byron (right) and Lucius vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe

By Louisa Byron

“One day, tell our story of how we made something; we made something of ourselves.”

This Lucius lyric from “Two of Us on the Run” beautifully sums up my experience at Newport Folk Festival. It had its challenging moments and it had stunning performance moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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A Week of Songwriting in Beijing with Sony/ATV

By Salem Davern

Songwriting Panel in BeijingThere are many things I was able to check off of my life bucket list this summer: traveling out of the country for the first time, working with Grammy-nominated producers, and writing for a big-name label. This was all thanks to Berklee and Sony/ATV Beijing. The day I moved out of my humble 270 dorm room after finishing my first year of college, I remember taking a break from packing to check my email. Much to my surprise, an email from Bonnie Hayes with the subject “IMPORTANT” was waiting for me. I remember thinking, “This is either really good, or reeeeally bad.” I quickly skimmed the lines, and learned that Sony/ATV had selected me to be a part of their international songwriting camp in Beijing, China. Having never been out of the country before, or been involved in such a professional experience, I had no idea what to expect, but quickly accepted.

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