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Berklee College of Music launches performance major for Electronic Digital Instrument musicians

Empowering electronic music artists with innovative instruments and performances.

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Berklee College of Music is introducing an exciting opportunity for electronic music artists with the launch of a new performance major. Starting in fall 2023, students will have the option to declare a performance major, with their principal instrument being an electronic digital instrument (EDI). This initiative is a result of collaboration between the Professional Performance Division and the Electronic Production and Design (EPD) Department.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome EDI musicians into the Professional Performance Division family as performance majors,” said Karen Bell, associate dean of the Professional Performance Division. “We recognize how significant it will be to integrate EDI players into as many individual and group performance spaces as possible through this new offering, so they can have the confidence to adapt and lead when they enter a professional performance arena, whether that’s in the studio or on the stage. We are grateful to the amazing work by EPD Chair Michael Bierylo and look forward to the ongoing partnership that has been established amongst all of us who have been involved in making this happen, as this is critical to Berklee’s innovative goals to open doors for a new age of musicians.”

The program aims to diversify the curriculum, expand accessibility, and provide more opportunities for electronic music artists. By incorporating EDIs as principal instruments, Berklee is embracing the latest technological advancements and bridging the gap between traditional artistic spaces and electronic music. Prospective students will undergo an interview, performance, and audition process, receiving specialized lessons from experienced faculty members who are innovative performers and producers in the field. The program also offers flexibility in defining qualifying instruments, allowing a wide range of devices, software, hardware, and technologies to be considered as EDIs.

For more information and to explore this exciting major, visit the EDI website.

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