In the first video released with Susan Rogers, she tells the tale of her days working with Prince

Berklee Online is releasing a series of animated videos to celebrate the unique opportunity that students in its brand new Master’s Program will have—to learn directly from some of the top minds in the music industry. Each two-minute video features a different teacher from the program, sharing a behind-the-scenes story over animated imagery that reenacts the narrative.

In the first video released with Susan Rogers, she tells the tale of her days working with Prince. Rogers fondly recounts her time spent recording with Prince in Minneapolis in the 1980s, divulging details about his creative process and super-human ability to maximize every second of the day. She worked as Prince’s staff engineer from 1983-1987 and will be teaching the Psychoacoustics in Music Production graduate course for Berklee Online.

The next three videos feature Sean Slade (who will be teaching Culminating Experience in Music Production 1 and 2) recounting an experience where recording Lou Reed turned explosive (literally!); Prince Charles Alexander(Commercial Vocal Production) reminiscing about how it wasn’t until he recorded the Notorious B.I.G. that he learned to appreciate hip-hop; and E. Michael Harrington (Music Business Law) sharing how he helped bring the Civil Rights-era anthem, “We Shall Overcome” into the public domain. More information on the teachers and program can be found here.

Berklee Online will spread out the release of these videos over the next few months as the application deadline approaches for the two master’s degree programs—a Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business. This video series not only shares compelling stories but also shines a spotlight on these Berklee teachers who have made great contributions to the music industry. Their talent, experience, and knowledge is priceless and is now accessible to post-graduate students accepted into Berklee Online’s master’s degree programs.

Widely recognized among the top music schools in the world, Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Berklee Online in 2002 as an online option for attending their illustrious classes. Over the past 15 years, the online school has grown to offer award-winning music courses, certificate programs, and bachelor’s degree programs. They recently began accepting applications for their first online Master’s Degree programs. Berklee Online is the world’s largest online music school, teaching more than 11,000 students a year through their online degree and non-degree programs.

“This is a chance for students to spend a year doing everything they love and hone their knowledge and skills to advance their career in the music industry,” says Berklee Vice President of Online Education Carin Nuernberg." Students will learn from world-renowned faculty in an interactive, collaborative course environment while forging connections with a network of talented industry professionals from around the globe. We couldn’t be more excited for students to apply and for the program to launch.”

The Master’s Degree program will continue with Berklee Online’s cost-effective, high-quality breadth of offerings, and will give students the chance to earn their degree for a total cost of $33,695 (tuition and fees included), which is roughly 20 percent less than the cost of an in-person degree. Students interested in learning more can head to Berklee Online’s website here.