At 1/3/13 09:49 PM, ectsoman wrote:
I've been doing some research into Berklee's online classes and have been seriously considering enrolling for Studio Production followed up with management. I've never had any formal teaching when it comes to music, Its all been a slow progress of fiddling with knobs and effects and learning by doing.
I was hoping to get a job shortly after I finished doing the studio production classes, as I live right near seattle and then I would either go back for management or possibly music production classes, but I'm not sure if I should get the music production before I do studio production or if it would matter, which I'm pretty sure it would.
Any one have any tips or advice before I go tossing cash around on the internets?
Research, Research, Research.
Online class generally do not live up to the quality of Physically being there classes.
I do not know what the college environment is like, so bear with me here.
If you absolutely insist on doing an online course/absolutely cannot afford to go to the college yourself, then think about this.
You plan on learning something, at home. On a computer. Which also has the potential of distracting you. with things.
Do you have the power of self-control and determination, to learn how a chord works. Instead of thinking how many kills you can get in that fancy new game? Think about it, your greatest enemy in an online class is yourself. YOU are the reason why your money is wasted.
If the quality and the safety of an online class is the problem, well, it IS Berklee, so you wouldn't have too much trouble. But keep in mind Online Classes are a relatively new thing.
Your mileage may vary.
If you are in a financial situation, where you cannot feasibly attend Berklee itself, then yes, i'd think the online courses are a good idea.
Personally, I started learning what i know in the beginning of 2012. I was a Sophomore in highschool at the time. I had friends out of state and talked to them over skype about me wanting to do music and composition. I got lucky, two of them are well versed in that and i got free lessons from them. GOOD TIMES!
Now, i would offer you lessons for free to pass on the gift, but i'm not the best teacher, and i'm waiting for the delivery of my hard copy of my music program. Only with that can i export MIDI, which would help tremendously with lessons.
Last Word: You will be SO terrible at this. You wouldn't believe how bad you are at writing. Almost everything you make will sound bad... for 3-5 months. Learning how to write music is like learning how to play any other musical instrument x2. It will take a lot of your time. Jordan Rudess played Piano Diligently as a prodigy ever since he was 3. Look him up on youtube, and you can see he would melt faces with the press of 1(00) buttons.
You wont start like Jordan Rudess the face melter. You will start as 3 year old Jordan Rudess, who is about to learn his first song. Probably Chopsticks.
Take heart in the fact that your music will grow! It will eventually mold into you, and become a great outlet for your creativity and emotion. (There is a reason why sad music exists)
Best of luck to you good sir. I hope everything goes well, and i hope to hear your music soon~.