Liam Weiland - Berklee College of Music

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This second year of Berklee has been nothing short of a reality check for myself. I have now nearly finished the core music curriculum, resulting in more available time for studying the more refined subjects I am interested in. Subsequently, this has lead me to really sit down and think about what I want to get out of the incredible opportunity I was given to study at this world-renowned institution. Through this persistent mental dialogue, I decided to switch my major from the original path of “Professional Music” to Electronic Production and Design. The Professional Music curriculum is the best opportunity at Berklee to study multiple aspects of the music industry at once- allowing you to declare up to 3 concentrations of study. As of last year I had declared concentrations in Performance, Music Business, and Recording and Production for Musicians.

I decided to spend this past summer in Boston- staying in the apartment I lived in during my first year of classes and working at a restaurant on Boylston street. I spent nearly all of my free time working on music, without the distractions of liberal arts courses or the company of friends I made over the past year. Spending this time working on my own projects, I discovered a true passion for Music Production. Beyond just writing and playing songs, I learned how sound itself works, and how to create texture and atmosphere to bring to music. During this past semester I interviewed for- and was accepted into Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design program. I am incredibly excited to begin the curriculum next semester and study in greater depth the aspects of the music industry I feel I have the capacity to truly thrive in.

Liam Weiland - Berklee College of Music

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My first semester at Berklee has been incredible. The level of musicianship surrounding me is simultaneously inspiring and daunting. I have never spent so many continuous hours practicing, writing, and listening to music. I was lucky enough to be granted a scholarship for the Berklee Five-Week Performance Program this summer by MVYouth and the Fialkows. My growth as a musician has been exponential from the beginning of that program to now. The staff here are world class musicians, but I’ve found myself more inspired and influenced by the students around me. I spend most of my free time writing and jamming with Saebin, another first semester freshman from Virginia, who has become my closest friend here. From the very first time we played together, it was clear that we had a connection through our mutual ambition to become successful artists. Since then, we have written an EP that we plan to record second semester. The community at Berklee is like no other. Berklee creates a highly motivating environment that keeps you in the mindset to work on your music 24/7. I’ve expanded from playing mainly finger-style acoustic guitar to exploring blues, rock, and jazz styles. Students are allowed to pick their classes starting in the second semester, and I am excited to start taking music business and production classes that will help me explore my possible career paths here at Berklee. I could not be more thankful for the opportunity MVYouth has given me to develop and refine my craft.