BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bringing Music Education Into The 21st Century

Berklee President Roger Brown joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio.
Berklee President Roger Brown joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio.
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Attention, future Coltranes and Guthries! Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three to talk about music education and how the industry is changing. 

Highlights from the interview include:

  • On the challenges of pursuing a career in music: "It's a harder road than going to be an accountant or many other professions that are neatly laid out for you. It's a freelance world. When you get done, there's no record label that shows up and says 'Okay, we're going to hire fifty of you.' You have to go to Brooklyn or L.A. or London or someplace and start writing songs or performing. That makes it challenging."
  • On the changing music industry: "Of the top 25 employers of Berklee grads, 7 are the biggest high tech companies in the country: Apple, Microsoft, EMC, Cisco, IBM, etc. If you can compose great music, you can write software code. Training to be a musician doesn't mean you have to be a busking musician in the subway. There actually a lot of impressive twenty-first century jobs musicians can do if you choose to go that path."
  • On the perks of graduating from music school: "You can move to any city on the Earth, put up a sign that says 'Berklee Grad Is Teaching Guitar Lessons,' and you'll get phone calls. You're kind of like a turtle: you carry your profession on your back wherever you go."

Hear the full interview with President Roger Brown below.

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