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Amanda Gouldthorpe

Souvlakia and bouzoukia in Athens

Souvlaki is always a hit with the students on their arrival in Athens.  If you’re familiar with a gyro sandwich, then you have the basic concept: a thick grilled pita with shaved chicken, pork, or kebab, with tomato, lettuce, sauce, and deliciously seasoned french fries (yes, fries in a sandwich – genius!).

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Geia sas from Athens, Greece!

Geia sas from Athens, Greece!  I’m here gearing up for another semester of the Berklee Study Abroad program.  The students have been arriving the past couple days to start their semester, hosted by the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, a Berklee International Network partner school.

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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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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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