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Online Guitar Courses Now Available at Berkleemusic

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Boston, MA. – May 10, 2005 – Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, has added five new online guitar courses and five new college-credit guitar certificate programs to their online curriculum. Courses include Guitar Scales 101; Amps, Effects, and Getting Your Guitar Sound; Guitar Chords 101; Blues Guitar Workshop; and Recording and Producing for Guitarists. The online extension school has enrolled 3,000 students in more than 75 countries around the globe since it opened its online doors two years ago.

Berkleemusic’s instructor-led approach to online teaching is what sets it apart, providing students with access to Berklee’s renowned faculty and curriculum. The online guitar courses are based on the same curriculum that is taught on the physical campus but incorporate a variety of media-rich cutting-edge technologies developed specifically for guitar instruction in the online medium. Berklee’s professors agree that one of the major benefits of the courses are the ease at which personal interaction takes place, between them and among the students, fostering a powerful community.

“We spent a great deal of time exploring the technology and teaching of online performance-based courses. Before adding any courses to the catalog, we made sure that they would be of the same high quality as that of the brick-and-mortar guitar courses for which Berklee is so well known,” mentioned Debbie Cavalier, the Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee.

Students have direct access to their instructor thorough weekly scheduled chats, which also allow for lesson discussion between classmates. Additionally, students upload their assignments as MP3 files to their instructor for personalized review.

“This is a must have course for guitar players no matter what level of playing experience,” said John Jenkins, who just finished Guitar Chords 101. “The way the course was laid out and presented was brilliant. The audio and video clips greatly reinforced the material being taught. I've searched through a lot of online guitar instruction out there and this Berklee course was by far the best."

Guitar certificate programs run from one year to three years in length, and provide a comprehensive background in production and guitar, songwriting and guitar, and foundational guitar skills. All online courses and programs are accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), the same institution that accredits Berklee College of Music. To learn more about these interactive online courses, visit: http://www.berkleemusic.com/news/guitar. Student advisors are also available at 866.BERKLEE (866.237.5533) to answer any questions. Enrollment is now open for the next semester, which begins on June 27, 2005.

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has constantly evolved to reflect the state-of-the-art in music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing 70-plus countries, and a music industry “who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. www.berklee.edu.

About Berkleemusic.com
Berkleemusic.com is Berklee's online music school, delivering online access to world-renowned music faculty, educational concepts, and time-tested curriculum, previously available only to on-campus students. Berkleemusic.com expands music-education opportunities beyond the campus experience using the newest methods, media, and technologies. Berkleemusic.com is the first online music school seamlessly combining education and career development to give musicians, educators, and music industry professionals a one-stop destination for all their learning, networking, and career needs. www.berkleemusic.com

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