"The Professional Education Division at Berklee College of Music includes five departments: music business/management, music education, music therapy, professional music, and the liberal arts. Our students are in all corners of the music industry as entrepreneurs, teachers, therapists, performers, managers, promoters, and more."
"I teach Movement for Musicians. I start off just like a dance class, with some running in place and jumping jacks, and they're learning all the traditional terms: pliés, tendus, etc. But we also do a lot of stretching of the hamstrings, a lot of alignment work. The students are just very tight. I think musicians are always surrounding their instruments or doing something over and over again, so injuries start happening. It blows my mind how tight they are in their structures. We're just finding some sort of release of the tension right now."
"Pro music has always attracted really good musicians who are self-directed and know what they want to do. But they don't necessarily know how to do it. Right now in Career Planning, we're doing some writing exercises called the passion list, where you do a list of everything you love to do and everything you're good at doing. Then you marry those two lists, find the common part, find where the jobs are, and then you list the skills needed to get a job doing something that you're good at and you love. So you're starting with the emotional/spiritual side, then you marry that to your competency, and then you list the jobs."
"In all the other majors at the college, the academic department determines all the required and elective courses. But professional music students literally dance to their own drummer—their own beat. These are people who tend to want to do things their own way. In the Professional Music Department, the student chooses their course of study, with close guidance. That self-directed approach appeals to a large number of students here. We're the third largest major at Berklee!"
"My courses are hands-on. You learn, you do. The students definitely want to know how to handle their money. They ask a lot of questions, good questions, because the subject matter is off-topic—it's not music."