Berklee Utilizes File Sharing for Education

Dec 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Berklee College of Music’s new Berklee Shares is a program that provides free music lessons and encourages musicians to share and distribute these music lessons online. The Berklee Shares lessons are free and are made up of a growing catalog of MP3s, QuickTime movies and PDF files from curriculum developed at the college. The lessons are available for free download on www.berkleeshares.com, affiliate partner sites and peer-to-peer networks including LimeWire and KaZaA.

According to the school, the program is designed to create an open exchange of ideas for musicians everywhere and to evangelize the Internet as a means to gain unprecedented access to quality education. Berklee believes that digital distribution networks will have a significant impact on the future of music and music education.

"Berklee Shares was born out of Berklee's commitment to furthering music education through innovative means," said Dave Kusek, associate VP. "Offering free education on the Internet and through file-sharing networks underscores the college's core belief that these channels are an effective way to openly distribute meaningful educational content to a global audience. It also serves as a powerful promotional platform for artists to market, distribute and sell their music."

The Berklee Shares program launches with more than 80 music lessons spanning instrument performance, music production and technology, songwriting and arranging, music business and careers, music education and music improvisation. The number of lessons offered will increase over time. The project will use licenses provided by Creative Commons. "Berklee College of Music will prove to many the innovation and education that can be supported through a more balanced system of rights," said Lawrence Lessig, chairman of Creative Commons. "We are honored to help Berklee College of Music spread educational content broadly."

For more information, visit Berklee online at www.berklee.edu or visit Creative Commons at creativecommons.org. For more education-related stories, visit mixonline.com/education_articles/index.htm. Peruse through this year’s “Audio Education Guide” at mixonline.com/ar/audio_audio_education_programs/index.htm.






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