Berklee Online launches Music Production graduate degree

Berklee Online, the online arm of Berklee College of Music, is launching its first ever graduate degree program this year.

Applications for the new Master of Music in Music Production degree program will open early 2018, with the inaugural class beginning September 2018.

The upcoming degree program will be centered around music production techniques using DAW-based music technology tools, aiming to provide training in advanced recording, mixing, and mastering, in addition to focused work on vocal production, audio for visual media and business sustainability for independent producers.

The program is designed to be completed in one year, with students expected to complete 12 courses at a recommended pace of three courses per semester over four 12-week semesters. Berklee says that through its online platform, students will participate in a community of peers and faculty as they learn concepts and vocabulary for analysing production qualities in music, gauging listener perceptions, and achieving production goals.

According to Berklee Online, by the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Plan and execute the design of a professional-level critical listening, recording, and music production environment
  • Evaluate music production techniques in a variety of styles using a professional framework and vocabulary
  • Plan, lead, and deliver high-quality, expressive music production projects that maximise the emotional impact of any recording
  • Make professional sounding recordings in any setting, from studio-grade recording environments to portable studios with minimal gear
  • Develop and apply advanced skills necessary to produce commercially-viable vocal performances for a contemporary client base
  • Exploit various income-generating opportunities for independent studio production, in addition to negotiating important contractual and financial documents required in professional production contexts to ensure the most favourable terms for business growth and sustainability
  • Explain the relationship between sound and human perception in terms of the underlying mechanisms and limitations of the hearing system and apply this information to enhance engineering and mixing projects
  • Apply advanced mixing skills that involve deep understanding of balance, EQ, dynamics, spatial effects, automation, pitch/time correction, and mixing for digital streaming services
  • Deliver high-quality, professional masters for various platforms, including vinyl, lossy codecs, and streaming platforms
  • Apply the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations necessary for producing professional audio for film, television, and related visual media
  • Undertake independent research and propose, develop, and present a culminating experience that represents your unique contribution as a music producer and/or advances the field of music production