Berklee College of Music

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Berklee College of Music

Largest independent college of contemporary music in the world add

Category: Sciences

Founded in 1945.

Countries: United States (64%), United Kingdom (6%), (6%)

Main connections: Massachusetts, Leah LaBelle, DePauw University

Linked to: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Category:Music schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

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1945

In 1945 pianist-composer-arranger and MIT graduate Lawrence Berk founded Schillinger House, the precursor to the Berklee School of Music add something


1949

Initial enrollment was fewer than 50 students, but by 1949 there were more than 500 students add something


1951

Quincy Jones - In 1951, Jones won a scholarship to the Schillinger House in Boston, Massachusetts


1955

Hal Galper - He studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958

 

Toshiko Akiyoshi - In 1955, Akiyoshi wrote a letter to Lawrence Berk asking him to give her a chance to study at his school, Berklee College of Music.


1956

For example, Japanese pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi arrived in 1956 add something

 

In 1956 trumpeter Herb Pomeroy joined the faculty and remained until his retirement in 1996 add something


1957

Drummer Alan Dawson and saxophonist Charlie Mariano became faculty members in 1957 add something

 

In 1957, Berklee initiated the first of many innovative applications of technology to music education with Jazz in the Classroom, a series of LP recordings of student work, accompanied by scores add something


1958

Multiple Grammy-winning producer Arif Mardin came from Turkey to study at the school in 1958 add something


1959

Joe Zawinul - Classically trained at the Konservatorium Wien, Zawinul played in various broadcasting and studio bands before emigrating to the U.S. in 1959 on a music scholarship at Berklee School of Music in Boston


1960

During the 1960s, the Berklee curriculum began to reflect new developments in popular music, such the rise of rock and roll, soul and funk, and jazz-rock fusion add something

 

Dave Burrell - Dave studied music until 1960 at the University of Hawaii before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961

 

Dick Berk - He studied at the Berklee College of Music and played in the Boston area early in the 1960s

 

Hal McIntyre - His, son, Hal Jr. , was a talented saxophone and clarinet player who attended Berklee College of Music in the 1960s


1962

In 1962, Berklee offered the first college-level instrumental major for guitar add something

 

Reed player John LaPorta began teaching in 1962 add something

 

John Abercrombie (guitarist) - Abercrombie attended the Berklee College of Music from 1962 to 1966 and graduated from in 1967


1965

Trombonist Phil Wilson joined the faculty in 1965 add something


1966

Berklee awarded its first bachelor of music degrees in 1966 add something


1967

Major Holley - From 1967 to 1970 he taught at the Berklee College of Music


1968

Jan Hammer - When the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Hammer's studies at the Academy were cut short, and he moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston


1969

In 1969, new courses in rock and popular music were added to the curriculum, the first ever offered at the college level add something

 

The first college course on jingle writing was offered in 1969 add something


1970

Curriculum innovations during the 1970s included the first college-level instrumental major in electric bass guitar in 1973, and the first jazz-rock ensemble class in 1974 add something

 

The school became Berklee College of Music in 1970 and bestowed its first honorary doctorate on Duke Ellington in 1971 add something

 

Michael Garrick - Aside from some lessons at the Ivor Mairants School of Dance Music he was "an entirely self-taught musician" , though he attended Berklee College, Boston , as a mature student in the 1970s

 

Ed Manion - Manion attended Berklee College of Music after graduating from Lakewood High School in 1970 and as a youth played in several bar bands on the Jersey Shore


1971

Vibraphonist Gary Burton joined the faculty in 1971, helping to solidify the place of jazz-rock fusion in the curriculum add something

 

Duke Ellington - D from the Berklee College of Music in 1971, and the Legion of Honor by France in 1973, the highest civilian honors in each country.

 

Barry Finnerty - He moved to New York City after attending Berklee College of Music for a short time in 1971

 

Al Di Meola - In 1971, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts


1972

Beginning in 1972 an era of more rapid expansion began with the purchase of the Fenway Theatre and the adjoining Sherry Biltmore Hotel at 150 Massachusetts Avenue add something

 

Charles Loos - In 1972 he began studying composition and jazz orchestra at Berklee College of Music in Boston , while he already followed a classical formation in Belgium


1973

Gil Goldstein - He began studying accordion at age 5, but later moved on to cello and piano. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino, Lee Konitz, and others


1975

Tim Landers - He graduated from Brockton High School in 1975 and attended the Berklee College of Music from 1976 to 1977, studying under Neil Stubenhaus and Whit Browne

 

Neil Stubenhaus - He studied at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated in 1975

 

Kermit Driscoll - In 1975, Driscoll went to the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978


1976

The theater was renovated and opened as the 1,227-seat Berklee Performance Center in 1976 add something

 

Vinnie Colaiuta - After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a year, Colaiuta had his first big break as a member of the Christopher Morris Band in 1976-1977


1977

Dean Brown (guitarist) - Dean Brown graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1977

 

Bruce Hornsby - He studied music at the University of Richmond, as well as Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami, from which he graduated in 1977


1978

Alec Dankworth - After attending Bedford School, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978, and joined his parents' quintet

 

Aimee Mann - After growing up in Bon Air, Virginia, and graduating from Open High School in Richmond, Virginia, in 1978, Mann enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts

 

Steve Dobrogosz - He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston , Massachusetts, and afterwards moved to Stockholm , Sweden in 1978, where he began recording and performing


1979

In 1979, Berklee founder Lawrence Berk stepped down as president add something


1980

The series, which continued until 1980, is a precursor to subsequent Berklee-affiliated labels add something

 

Al Pitrelli - Al Pitrelli attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 1980s

 

Bruce Arnold - Arnold received a BM from Berklee College of Music in 1980

 

Niels Lan Doky - He went on to attend the Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s


1981

Beginning in 1981, the string department curriculum expanded to include many idioms besides classical music add something


1983

Tommy Smith (saxophonist) - Tommy Smith recorded his first album, "Giant Strides", at the age of sixteen in 1983 with a trio featuring drummer John Rae, and that same year he won a scholarship, assisted by a fund-raising programme organised by his music teacher, Jean Allison, to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston


1986

Lincoln Goines - In 1986 Goines joined the faculty at The Collective in New York City and in 2008 became an Associate Professor of Bass at the Berklee College of Music


1988

Instrumental majors expanded to include the first college hand-percussion major in 1988 add something

 

Jason Bittner - A native of Schenectady, NY, he continued to take lessons and perform in his middle school and Linton high school jazz and orchestra ensembles before attending Berklee College of Music in 1988

 

Trey Parker - Following his graduation from high school in 1988, Parker spent a semester at Berklee College of Music before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder

 

Ed Schuller - Schuller has taught at the Newark Academy and at Berklee College of Music, and was the head of the jazz department at Schweitzer Institute of Music in Idaho from 1988


1990

Funk - Lettuce, a band of Berklee College Of Music graduates, was formed in the late 1990s as a pure-funk emergence was being felt through the jam band scene


1991

Berklee expanded its community outreach efforts in 1991 with the launch of City Music, a program designed to make music instruction available to underserved youth in the Boston area add something

 

Ahmet Ertegun - Ahmet Ertegun received an honorary doctorate in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1991, and was *awarded the Grammy Trustees *award for his lifetime achievements in 1993

 

Ikutaro Kakehashi - In 1991, based upon his great contribution to the development and popularization of electronic instruments, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Berklee College of Music, U.S.A. In 2000, he left his handprints on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame in Hollywood

 

Phil Collins - In 1991, he received an honorary doctorate of music at the Berklee College of Music


1992

Rudresh Mahanthappa - He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1992 and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in jazz composition from Chicago's DePaul University in 1998

 

Thomas Lorenzo - In 1992 he graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston , U.S.A,  in Commercial Arranging  under the supervision of Grammy award winner Robert Freedman

 

Edouard Ferlet - In 1992, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and was awarded the Berklee jazz performance award

 

Scott Erickson (musician) - Originally from Seattle, WA, Erickson has been working in the music scene in Los Angeles since his graduation from Berklee College of Music in 1992


1993

On a more global scale, Berklee partnered with selected music schools around the world to form the Berklee International Network in 1993 add something

 

Kirill Gerstein - After attending the summer program at Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts in 1993, he was invited to attend the college on full scholarship the following summer, becoming the youngest student in the school's history at the age of 14


1994

Guillermo Klein - He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1994, and throughout the 1990s held a residency at Smalls, a jazz club in New York City

 

Eli Degibri - In 1994 Degibri was selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program

 

Chris White (bassist) - In 1994, he did postgraduate Advanced Computer Study at Berklee College Of Music


1995

Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts is the final structure built of a grand City of Arts and Sciences concept designed by the Valencia-born and internationally known architect Santiago Calatrava, which began in 1995 and it was opened on 8 October 2005 add something

 

Marco Benevento - He graduated from Ramapo High in 1995 and Berklee College of Music in 1999

 

Carly Simon - In 1995 and 1998, respectively, Simon received the Boston Music *awards Lifetime Achievement and a Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctor of Music Degree


1996

Another new major, Music Therapy, was offered beginning in 1996 add something


1997

The Genko Uchida Center at 921 Boylston Street opened in 1997 and houses the offices for enrollment, admissions, scholarships and student employment, the registrar, financial aid, bursar, rehearsal and classroom space, and the 200-seat David Friend Recital Hall add something

 

Eli Degibri - In 1997, at age 18, Degibri received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music and relocated to the United States


1998

It houses the library, which was renamed the Stan Getz Library and Media Center in 1998 add something

 

Ramin Djawadi - After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, Djawadi garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote Control Productions

 

Stan Getz - In 1998, the "Stan Getz Media Center and Library" at Berklee College of Music was dedicated through a donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation

 

Laura Macdonald - She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1998, and is now based in Scotland, specialising in improvisation


1999

Gustavo Assis-Brasil - In 1999 he received a full scholarship to get his Master's degree at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory

 

Lionel Loueke - In 1999, Loueke was *awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in Jazz Performance in 2000


2000

Steve Mazur - He graduated from Boston 's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2000, opening the commencement ceremony by playing a solo acoustic guitar version of "Think About It," written by Herb Alpert, Will Calhoun, and Doug Wimbish

 

Jennifer Holliday - Holliday received a Doctor of Music "honoris causa" from Berklee College of Music, Boston in 2000


2001

Michael Thompson (guitarist) - In 2001 Thompson was *awarded the "Distinguished Alumni" *award from his alma mater Berklee College of Music to commemorate his contributions to the music industry

 

Donald Fagen - In 2001, both Fagen and Becker received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music


2002

In 2002, the school began offering classes online through Berkleemusic.com add something

 

Shirley Horn - Horn was *awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in 2002

 

Shayna Rose - Rose moved to Los Angeles in 2002 after declining a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston


2003

Steven Tyler - In 2003, Tyler received an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music, and, in 2005, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston


2004

Other curriculum developments included the incorporation of a hip-hop course in 2004 add something

 

Sidehatch Entertainment Group - SEG was founded in 2004 by Ben Maitland-Lewis, whilst attending Berklee College of Music


2005

Leah LaBelle - LaBelle graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington in 2005 and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts

 

Leah LaBelle - LaBelle graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington in 2005 and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts

 

Enrico Rava - In June 2005, Rava was *awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music at 20th anniversary of jazz education at the Umbria $ Jazz Festival, in Perugia, Italy


2006

In 2006, mandolin and banjo were accepted as principal instruments for the first time add something

 

Clint Eastwood - Eastwood has been awarded at least three honorary degrees from universities and colleges, including an honorary degree from the University of the Pacific in 2006, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California on May 27, 2007, and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 22, 2007.

 

Danilo Perez - In 2006 the Berklee College of Music approached Pérez with opportunity to design a curriculum that could serve as a platform for his work as an artist and humanitarian that could be taught to generations of gifted musicians for years to come

 

Jack Walrath - Todd S. Jenkins, "I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus" , In 1964 he graduated from Joliet High School and attended the Berklee College of Music

 

Melissa Etheridge - On May 13, 2006, at Berklee College of Music's 2006 commencement, held at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena, in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee's president, Roger H. Brown, presented Etheridge with an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree "


2007

Paula Cole - Cole performed a two-hour set at Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 2007 during which she debuted several songs from her yet to be released fourth studio album, "Courage"

 

Marley Marl - In September 2007, Marley Marl received an award from the Berklee College of Music for his contribution to music.


2008

Steve Winwood - Also in 2008, Winwood received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music to add to his honorary degree from Aston University, Birmingham

 

Video Game Orchestra - Video Game Orchestra was founded by Shota Nakama, a graduate from Berklee College of Music, in May 2008


2009

Linda Ronstadt - In May 2009, Ronstadt received an honorary doctorate of music degree from the Berklee College of Music for her achievements and influence in music, and her contributions to American and international culture

 

Smokey Robinson - On May 9, 2009, Smokey Robinson received an honorary doctorate degree and gave a commencement speech at Berklee College of Music's commencement ceremony


2010

In Fall 2010, Berklee's Liberal Arts Department introduced new minors that Berklee students can pursue aside from their major add something

 

The number of international students has grown steadily to 24,2 percent of total enrolment in 2010 add something

 

Paco de Lucia - Montreux Festival - In 2010, he was *awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music in Boston, and performed at the Montreux Festival

 

Darol Anger - He has completed the construction of 2 violins under the guidance of luthier Jonathan Cooper and was in 2010 named Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music

 

Kenny Barron - In May 2010, Barron was *awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music along with African-born singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo, Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, and songwriting duo Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble

 

Renzo Arbore - In July 2010, Arbore received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music

 

Stefano Bollani - In July 2010, Bollani received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music

 

Stefano Bollani - On July 15, 2010 Bollani received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music


2011

As of 2011, Berklee occupies 21 buildings primarily in the Back Bay area of Boston, near the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue add something

 

In early 2011, Berklee College of Music announced its master plan of building 3 new buildings along the Massachusetts Avenue add something

 

Steve Vai - On March 3, 2011, the online education division of Boston's Berklee College of Music and Steve Vai, set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest online guitar lesson

 

Mavis Staples - On May 7, 2011, Mavis was *awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts


2012

As of 2012, Berklee College of Music operates a campus in Valencia, Spain add something

 

Berklee Boston undergraduates will have the opportunity to spend a semester in the new Valencia campus starting in spring 2012 add something

 

Starting Spring 2012, Berklee offers Global Studies Program students currently enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston add something

 

Matt Savage - In December 2012, Savage received his B.M. in Performance from Berklee College of Music


2013

First expected to be completed by Fall 2013 is the 16-story mixed-use building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue add something

 

Charlie Puth - He attended the Berklee College of Music from which he graduated in 2013

 

Willie Nelson - In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music

 

Eddie Gomez - In May 2013, Gómez was *awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain

 

In October 2013, Berklee Online launched its online degree programs, and began accepting applications for the Bachelor of Professional Studies in two majors: Music Production and Music Business add something


2014

Berklee speculates that the new building will be open for Spring 2014 add something

 

First expected to be completed by Spring 2014 is the 16-story mixed-use building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue add something

 

Starting in 2014, the College will audition some applicants online using high speed internet technology add something

 

Harry Belafonte - In March 2014, he was *awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston

 

In November 2014, Berklee Online added three new degree majors to its Bachelor of Professional Studies program: Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games, and Interdisciplinary Music Studies, a major that allows students to build their own program based on their musical interests and goals add something


2015

In June 2015, Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory announced that the governing boards for the two schools had approved plans to pursue a proposed merger, which could take place as early as 2016 add something

 

In December 2015, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory agreed to a merger add something


2017

Todd Rundgren - Rundgren will receive two honorary doctorates in May 2017 from Berklee College of Music and Indiana's DePauw University, and will deliver the commencement address at the former

 

Todd Rundgren - Rundgren received honorary doctorates on May 13, 2017, from Berklee College of Music, and on May 21, 2017, from DePauw University, delivering commencement addresses at both ceremonies

 

In November 2017, the Boston Globe reported a culture of sexual harassment exists on the campus with three male professors allowed to quietly leave the school after student reports of sexual misconduct with teachers add something


2018

As of fall 2018, Admissions updated its applications reporting to count only paid applications add something

 

Esperanza Spalding - Spalding received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in May 2018