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test 23 June 2009

US/UK: One of the greatest living exponents of the electric guitar, Jeff Beck (pictured), is among the patrons of Berklee College of Music’s new UK venture, reports David Davies. Paul Oakenfold, Sir George Martin, Simon Napier-Bell and Steve Vai have also lent their support to the music scholarship programme that accompanies the official launch in the UK of Berkleemusic, the online Continuing Education Division of Berklee College of Music.

“I am very happy to be involved with the Berkleemusic UK Scholarship that will encourage inspiring musicians to develop their talent,” said Beck, who begins a UK tour in Brighton this week.

The new programme will award 50 UK-based students the opportunity to study online with some of the most notable music instructors in the world.

Each patron’s scholarship will be awarded to two outstanding students every year for five years. This will give 50 UK-based students an opportunity to enrol in a course of their choosing from Berkleemusic’s extensive online course catalogue, which currently features more than 80 individual courses in music production, music business, guitar, bass, voice, theory, technique and songwriting. Each course lasts 12 weeks and incorporates a number of interactive digital demonstrations and video instructions.

The deadline for scholarship applications is July 27. Berkleemusic’s summer term begins on June 29. For full information, click on the link listed below.

Regarding Berkleemusic’s long-term plan with regard to European music education, Dean of Continuing Education Debbie Cavalier tells PSN-e: “The overall mission of Berkleemusic is to provide music students with a way to study Berklee’s curriculum (with Berklee instructors) from anywhere in the world. The UK has a rich tradition of outstanding musicians, and our goal with this UK launch and scholarship campaign is to connect with and identify these outstanding musicians, and provide them with direct access to our forward-thinking curriculum. Our online courses are updated constantly to teach the most current technologies, business trends and software applications, and this launch is our first step in offering these extensive resources directly to UK musicians, via our UK site and scholarship programme.”

Image credit: Rob Simeon

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