Inspiring the Next Generation of Music Professionals
Career Development Music educators empower students with a diverse range of skills that are applicable to any profession.
Study Music in Your Own Rhythm with Berklee Online
Berklee Online is the world’s largest online music school, serving more than 11,000 students per year with its paid offerings, as well as millions of additional students who learn with free massive open online courses.
“Our mission is to expand the reach of Berklee and provide affordable music education opportunities to aspiring musicians all over the world,” says Debbie Cavalier, CEO of Berklee Online.
Courses run the gamut from composition for classical orchestras to the latest cutting-edge music production software, so finding the program that’s the right fit for any student is easy. Whether it’s learning how to DJ or how to compose for film, television and games, it’s all available here.
Berklee Online focuses on “project-based learning,” which means that during each 12-week term, students are creating professional-quality projects that become part of their professional portfolio.
Berklee Online lets students study in their own rhythm from anywhere in the world. Because the courses are all online, students have access to the course material 24/7, and can reach out to their classmates and instructor anytime.
“There is a tremendous amount of communication and collaboration that happens in our online courses every day,” says Cavalier.
SOURCE: Berklee Online
Did a music educator make a difference in your life, perhaps inspiring you to remain involved in music even after your high school years? Often, many students who take music classes in high school are driven to bring that same joy of music into other students’ lives. To become a music educator is to enter a truly noble profession.
Making a difference
Music opens doors for students in ways that other studies do not. Music education teaches students necessary skills for all professional pursuits, including communications skills, collaboration, critical thinking, empathy and creativity. Music students think “outside the box” and learn how to pool intellectual resources with peers to problem-solve in innovative ways. Music offers students the opportunity to express themselves in a way they may not be able to in other subjects.
Each school year on college campuses around the nation, new classes of music education majors are gathering together to share their experiences and find their own self-expression and value as individuals. These music education majors are also learning how to become strong advocates of music education for all students. About 150 music education majors come to Washington, D.C. every June to speak with their federal elected officials about why music education must be made more equitable in access to all students. They care that much about their chosen profession.
Continuing the cycle
College and university professors help prepare these budding professionals to dive into the world of school music and keep the cycle of music education turning over for another generation. It is very likely that the music educator who inspired you to consider majoring in music education has their own stories of music educators who inspired them to pursue music as well.
Remember that moment in your own time at school that inspired you to pursue music. Talk to music educators whom you respect, and reach out to school deans of music to get their perspective on the profession. You can be the music educator who inspires the next generation.