Berklee College of Music Announces New Hip-Hop Class,

the online extension school of the renowned Berklee College of Music, has teamed

up with accredited music producer and writer Mike Hamilton to add a Hip-Hop Writing

and Production to it's curriculum of composition and production courses.

The online course is devoted to helping students learn how to analyze and recreate

different styles of Hip-Hop and then use this foundation to produce songs using

Propellerhead's Reason software.

Students will also study

mic placement for rap vocals, develop drum and bass grooves, build arrangements,

and apply production techniques that lead to complete Hip-Hop productions.

"It's a privilege and a pleasure to share what I've learned," Mike

Hamilton said in a statement. "By studying interactively to create striking

hip-sound sounds with the right effects, EQ, and mixing styles, I feel the graduates

of this course will have that critical edge over the competition."

Mike Hamilton, a Berklee graduate and assistant professor has been producing,

writing, recording, and performing music for over twenty years.

He has written and produced

pieces for artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Warren G, Method Man, P. Diddy,

and Mystical during his tenure as a member of the late night band on BET's show

“Live from LA” which was hosted by former LA Laker player John Salley.

The class will also focus on writing and production considerations unique to

Hip-Hop - from its distinctive drum beats and bass lines to its use of vocals,

samples, and instrumentation.

The course also

explores Hip-Hop's history and the artists responsible for growing the genre

into what it is today.

Enrollment for the fall semester at ends September 15 and classes

start September 19th.

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