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post Jun 5 2008, 07:57 PM
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I have been pondering the idea of studying guitar at the Berkeley Institute of Music for sometime now. Has anyone here on GMC studied there? I won't be going for another 4 to 5 years but I am seriously considering this institute? Please feel free to offer up any advice. The Opportunity is huge considering that I wouldn't have top pay a dime for the college and with college cost these days its hard to pass that up.

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I definetly think you should go for it! It's a GREAT oppertunity.

I dont know anyone thats attended Berklee personally, but judging by the list of people that's been there.. i have no doubt that it's a great great place.


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post Jun 5 2008, 09:55 PM
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If you wanna go there and be a musician there go for it! It is one of THE BEST places to become a good musician in the world. SO that should be enough smile.gif


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post Jun 6 2008, 12:29 AM
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If you have the will and resources I would definitly recommend it! smile.gif


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post Jun 6 2008, 12:45 AM
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Is it Bekeley or Berklee,San Francisco or Boston?
Cause Berklee is kind a top ratted music college/institute. smile.gif


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post Jun 6 2008, 12:48 AM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jun 5 2008, 04:45 PM) *
Is it Bekeley or Berklee,San Francisco or Boston?
Cause Berklee is kind a top ratted music college/institute. smile.gif


Just what I was wondering, I'm planning on attending Berklee after high school myself.

It really seems the most interesting of all the music schools I've looked at. And I have to admit, the fact that Vai went there greatly biased my decision. wink.gif

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post Jun 6 2008, 12:50 AM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jun 5 2008, 06:45 PM) *
Is it Bekeley or Berklee,San Francisco or Boston?
Cause Berklee is kind a top ratted music college/institute. smile.gif


I think they are talking about the Boston school. I would take the California flagship school, if you could get admitted (very selective). Even if music does not work out, you have a degree from there then, from a school like that, does not matter what your degree is in, you will get the job over the guy from the run of the mill state school. And I am sure all University of California name schools have super music departments.


edit: I remember you saying that you could have gone to California for school, but things could not get worked out for some reason. Visa or something like that. Right, you were a terrorist threat. Might have had explosives in your guitar. Something like that.

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post Jun 6 2008, 12:55 AM
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Ah.. didnt know there were 2 different schools with almost the same names


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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Jun 5 2008, 06:55 PM) *
Ah.. didnt know there were 2 different schools with almost the same names


http://berkeley.edu/


That is on of the world's top universities. Let me see where it is ranked....

4th in the world

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post Jun 6 2008, 05:47 AM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Jun 5 2008, 02:45 PM) *
Is it Bekeley or Berklee,San Francisco or Boston?
Cause Berklee is kind a top ratted music college/institute. smile.gif


It is Berkeley Boston


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QUOTE (fkalich @ Jun 6 2008, 01:50 AM) *
edit: I remember you saying that you could have gone to California for school, but things could not get worked out for some reason. Visa or something like that. Right, you were a terrorist threat. Might have had explosives in your guitar. Something like that.


Sort of,yeah laugh.gif

Berklee is in Boston tho if I'm right huh.gif


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post Jun 6 2008, 12:11 PM
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I also didn't know that there are two schools with almost the same name smile.gif Well, if you have the chance to go there, do it.


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post Jun 6 2008, 01:43 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Jun 6 2008, 07:11 AM) *
I also didn't know that there are two schools with almost the same name smile.gif Well, if you have the chance to go there, do it.


Same pronunciation. Different spellings. Berklee's in Boston. Berkley's in Berkley, CA.


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QUOTE (Saint_arc @ Jun 5 2008, 02:57 PM) *
I have been pondering the idea of studying guitar at the Berkeley Institute of Music for sometime now. Has anyone here on GMC studied there? I won't be going for another 4 to 5 years but I am seriously considering this institute? Please feel free to offer up any advice. The Opportunity is huge considering that I wouldn't have top pay a dime for the college and with college cost these days its hard to pass that up.


I'mpretty sure there aren't any Berklee students or grads on GMC for now. A few have talked about working on going but no news on anyone who's actually there now.

It's a heck of an opportunity. Especially with the scholarship. Berklee is one of the top tier schools for modern music. If you're looking for a career in music, it's a fantastic credential to have. It carries a lot of weight and sets a certain level of expectation of someone who has a degree from there. Guitar-wise when you have guys like Petrucci and Vai coming out of there, there's a heck of a tradition there.


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Aaah there are two schools smile.gif

Boston would be a great option too of course!


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Boston is a really great city. I'm a scientist at Harvard Med School and live here for a couple of years now. I definitely love it. Best place I've ever lived in. Even though the weather is really bad compared to California. It rained when I left the house at 5 am and it still rains. But tomorrow we get 90°F.
I actually talked to some guys that study at the Berklee School of Music (this is the Boston music college). One of them was in the guitar department and really loved it. The other one studied something like music business and singing and she hated the place. It's like every educational institute. You have to work hard to get somewhere. The complaints I heard centered on the point that they don't care a lot about their students. You have to be well organized and get things done by yourself. But the opportunities are great and Boston offers a lot of venues to play at. I go and listen to Berklee student concerts once in a while and saw some stellar guys. The head of the shred department (haha) is Joe Stump the Jazz prof is Larry Baione. He is also the head of the whole guitar department.


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Thanks Muris for clarifying..I didn't know there were two schools wink.gif


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I was taught by the king of rock and roll, Bob Geldof biggrin.gif


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWuzLk-leL0
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What do you actually do at guitar school? What different courses are available? Do you learn theory I guess also?


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