Monday, February 28, 2011

Nashville Q&A with CHARLIE WORSHAM (Berklee '06)!

with singer/songwriter/performer Charlie Worsham ‘06

Curious about Music City?

Didn't make the Nashville trip?

Want to find out what life is like from a Berklee Grad making his way in NashVegas?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
1:00 – 2:00PM
Room 112 of 22 the Fenway (1st floor)

Sponsored by Alumni Affairs Office

Friday, February 25, 2011

Looking For A Way To Improve Your Image? We know someone who would LOVE To Help!

Nick Riebel, events coordinator and booking agent for Cafe 939 and BOWERY PRESENTS, has kindly offered to give TWO performing songwriters a "Career Makeover."

What exactly IS a career makeover? Well, he's going to critique and adjust every aspect of the songwriters' image as part of our Tuesday Lecture series, including their website, gig calendar, and even performance approach. This guy is looking out for the songwriter's best interest and he KNOWS what he's talking about.

Requirements: You must be a performing songwriter with AT LEAST two shows a month. That's it! To be considered please e-mail with the heading "RIEBEL CLINIC-FIRST NAME LAST NAME."

Don't miss this opportunity!

The Heart of Songwriting

Have you always wanted to help people with music? Or are curious about the different ways music affects people? Cyd Slotoroff is guest speaking at a senior seminar about those very topics Thursday March 3rd 4-6pm 7 Haviland rm 117.

The presentation, The Heart of Songwriting: Imagery, Music, and the Role of The Therapist In Therapeutic Songwriting, will answer questions like "what makes a song therapeutic?" and "how can music therapists help clients convey feelings and experiences that cannot be described with conventional language?"

This interactive presentation will focus on the use of imagery and metaphor in expression of feelings and experiences; the role of the therapist in facilitating and deepening the client’s experience of songwriting; and techniques and considerations in creating melody and chordal accompaniment for client songs.

Cyd Slotoroff has been a music therapist for over 25 years. She has worked with adults and adolescents with psychiatric disorders at Yale Psychiatric Institute, with emotionally disturbed and traumatized school age children and teens at St. Francis Home for Children, and with infants through adolescents on pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her article, “Drumming Technique for Assertiveness and Anger Management in the Short-Term Psychiatric Setting for Adult and Adolescent Survivors of Trauma”, was published in the Psychiatric Music Therapy issue of Music Therapy Perspectives.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Start your application for the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project TODAY!

This one week intensive program is held at Northwestern University every year. It is focused on American popular music from country to musicals to pop and any other popular genre. This program is a GREAT opportunity to learn more about songwriting and about yourself as a songwriter. The website says it best:

The American Music Theatre Project in assocation with the Johnny Mercer Foundation produces a weeklong songwriting intensive for emerging songwriters and writing teams each summer on the campus of Northwestern University. Now in its sixth year, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project hosts the nation's most promising songwriters across all genres including musical theatre, pop, country, Latin, rock, and contemporary pop.

Master teachers for the program have included Amanda McBroom (THE ROSE), Lin-Manuel Mirana (IN THE HEIGHTS), and David Zippel (CITY OF ANGELS).

The 2011 program will take place from June 19 - 25, 2011 and will be led by master teachers Craig Carnelia (SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS), Andrew Lippa (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE WILD PARTY) and three-time Grammy winner Lari White (GREEN-EYED SOUL).

Application deadline is April 10th. Begin yours now and snag a spot for a WONDERFUL experience!

Tuesday Lecture Series Is BACK! First Lecture: Electronica

WHEN: 8-10pm Tuesday March 1st

WHERE: 921 Boylston, Room 411 

WHAT: Remember how AWESOME it was hearing experienced musicians, producers, and publishers discuss their area of expertise last semester? Well Songwriters Club is bringing all the awesomeness back with the Tuesday Lecture Series! The Electronica Club will be sending their best to teach YOU about beat making, songwriting techniques, and mixing and mastering in different music software programs.

NEVER underestimate the importance of quality sound and a SICK beat. Well-produced music sells!

First up we have Joanna Pacori and Kenny Cook. Only second semesters, they have already dived headfirst into the world of electronic music. They will present songwriting techniques in Reason and show us how to make your very own audio samples in Audacity!

Next will be Cameron Roe (DJ CROE), a 4th semester ELPD student who specializes in dubstep and house music. He will be focusing on sequencing techniques with Reason and mixing in Logic.

Ending things with a bang will be Jordan Elliot (The Kids Are Radioactive). He is a beat maker from California and is going to play some of his songs in Logic and take us through the process of making a song from scratch, from drums to vocals to mixing and mastering.

This is a great opportunity to learn from fellow students who are already making fantastic tracks!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Music Publisher from NYC critiques YOUR songs!

  • Eric Beall, VP of A&R at Shapiro Bernstein (publishers of tunes by Akon, Rihanna, Madonna, etc.) will be listening to YOUR songs to give feedback from the perspective of a music publisher.  Eric has written "The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs that Sell" and "Making Music Make Money.


    WHERE: The Loft (921 Boylston 3rd floor)
    WHEN: Tues, Mar 29th, 6pm-8pm (NOT our usual 8pm time!)

    COST: Totally FREE!
    HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email mp3 & lyric to:


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Songs For Social Change Contest and Critique Session!

Submit your song before the February 18th to the Songs for Social Change Contest! The purpose of your song should be to promote positive social change. The actual subject matter is open and could center on issues such as promoting
environmental awareness, peace and justice, harmony among different groups (racial, ethnic, religious, gender), or awareness of health or poverty issues.

1st Place: $1000 + studio recording time
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $300

Winners and runners up will be showcased in the Songs for Social Change Concert on March 29, 2011. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will also perform in the 2011 Liberal Arts Symposium on April 8!

For information on how to submit, click HERE

*To open up this contest to a wider conversation and discussion among students about social issues, how to treat them in song, how other songs have dealt with these subjects, etc., there is an information/peer critique sessions with moderators Mark Simos and Christiane Karam this tuesday, February 15th

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Need an agent? A manager? Legal advice? The Music Business Directory is for you!

Two business students, Holly Mate-Luber (president of the music business club) and Itay Rahat, organized a FANTASTIC resource, the Music Business Directory. It's a place for artists (singer/songwriters as well as bands) to connect with Berklee students and alumni who have experience with the business side of the music industry.

Don't underestimate the importance of a great booking agent or manager! Check out this site and kickstart your career while being able to focus on just the music!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Want to get your music published? Check this out!

Publishing is arguably the most lucrative side to the music industry for anyone who is writing songs by themselves or with a band. Get a kickstart with this contest that Lawson Terrell, intern at DL Music, is hosting! Any genre can submit, from folk to rap to metal!

1. Recorded music with solid production value.
2. Must be working independently.
3. Must have registered with a Performance Rights Organization (ASCAP, BMI , SESAC) as a Writer(s) and set up a Publishing Company.

Send tracks and websites (myspace, bandcamp, etc.) by e-mail to or call (510) 386-3867 to set up a time to turn it in in person.

The best part of waking up. . .is winning $25,000!

This is the gig you've been waiting for. Enter the Folgers® Jingle Contest, and you could win $25,000, the chance to appear in a Folgers Coffee commercial, plus a special mentoring session with award-winning songwriter Kara DioGuardi! Compose your original version of the Folgers Coffee Jingle, including "The Best Part of Wakin' Up is Folgers in Your Cup®" melody and lyrics.

Deadline is March 1st!

Visit the website here for more details.