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Berklee in L.A. in the classroom: Songwriting and Production lecture with Michael Farquharson


Michael Farquharson teaches an elective on Michael Jackson and perfection in songwriting and production.

For one of the Berklee in L.A. electives this week, Michael Farquharson, a faculty member in the Contemporary Writing and Production department, gave a special topics lecture entitled “Michael Jackson: Perfection as a Songwriter and Producer.” Using two of Jackson’s songs as examples, he broke the approach to effective songwriting and producing into categories. “What makes a record amazing?” Farquharson asked, then outlining the five key aspects he feels must be perfected for a truly great piece: composition, performance, recording, mixing, and post-production/mastering.

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Berklee in L.A. program kicks off to a great start

Berklee student Trevor Paul shows student Alex Michelson a guitar technique

After the first day of classes at Berklee in L.A., the energy and talent brought by the students is sure to make this week the best yet of the summer.  What kind of student is a Berklee in L.A. student?  Most of them are of high school age, representing 19 states and 6 different countries including Canada, Peru, Japan, Mexico, Panama and Argentina.

Briefly, I wanted to highlight two aspects of the program that I think really contribute to the success, and uniqueness of Berklee in L.A.

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An inside look at Berklee in L.A.

Berklee staffers Amanda Gouldthorpe & Shelly Booth

Berklee staffers Amanda Gouldthorpe & Shelly Booth

We’re Shelly Booth and Amanda Gouldthorpe, reporting live from sunny Long Beach, CA!  We’ll be blogging from the Berklee in L.A. program this coming week, and have all sorts of fun posts planned, so stay tuned.

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