Monday, July 12, 2010

Why I like Berklee College of Music for online programs

I picked up the phone and called Berklee College of Music to review their online/part time programs in Music. I liked what they had to say. There are 3 types of certificate programs:

 - Master Certificates (8-12 courses)
 - Professional Certificates (5-6 courses)
 - Specialist Certificates (3 courses)

A typical vertical subject would be Guitar. See this page:

The online site is beautifully constructed and allows you to view a sample lesson, get to know a few current students and faculty, and review courses. Courses are offered several times a year and that's great flexibility. A course costs about $1,250 (so, a Master Certificate would run you about $12,500) and the online college offers scholarships of a maximum of $1,250 depending on your performance in the first course you register for. FAFSA is not available currently but the advisor told me they are working on this. But private loans are always an option, if you can afford them.

Once a student, you can also become part of the Berklee alumni network and use their online sites to get gigs, network with fellow alumni, collaborate on projects or just exchange ideas.

Do you want to be the recipient of a scholarship from Steve Vai? Then, this may be the program for you.

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