What is Berklee Shares?

Berklee Shares is an electronic publishing initiative of Berklee College of Music. Its goal is to provide free access to faculty-authored Berklee music lessons designed for musicians, music students, and music educators. The Web site is a library of free music lessons that are available for downloading, listening, viewing, or reading.

What kind of content is on Berklee Shares?

The Berklee Shares Web site contains MP3 audio lessons, QuickTime video lessons, and PDF text/graphic/notation lessons derived from Berklee Press publications and online music courses at The content is organized by track: including songwriting, music business, performance, music production, and music education.

Why is Berklee doing this?

Berklee College of Music's mission is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Berklee Shares is a way to reach interested students and make them aware of the possibility and potential of a Berklee education.

Berklee was founded on two revolutionary ideas: that musicianship could be taught through the music of the time; and that our students need practical, professional skills for successful, sustainable music careers. While our bedrock philosophy has not changed, the music and music industry around us has and requires that we evolve with it.

For over half a century, we've demonstrated our commitment to this approach by wholeheartedly embracing change. We update our curriculum and technology to make them more relevant and attract diverse students who reflect the multiplicity of influences in today's music. We prepare our students for a lifetime of professional and personal growth through the study of the arts, sciences, and humanities. And we are developing new initiatives to reach and influence an ever-widening audience. Berklee Shares is one such effort.

How do I download Berklee Shares lessons?

You simply click on the "download" button, and the lesson will be downloaded to your computer. Check the folder where your browser-based downloads usually appear and your Berklee Shares lesson should be there.

How can I use Berklee Shares content?

Berklee Shares content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial license. Berklee Shares content is copyrighted by Berklee College of Music and its faculty and authors. Berklee Shares content may be used, copied, or distributed only for non-commercial educational purposes. No modifications or derivative works may be made.

How does Berklee Shares differ from other types of Web-based learning?

Berklee Shares is a library of free music lessons in audio, video, and print-ready formats. You can listen to, view, or read a lesson to get the information. In addition to these free lessons, Berklee also offers instructor-led online courses and certificate programs at Berkleemusic.

Does Berklee sell the books or DVDs from which the Berklee Shares lessons are derived?

Berklee Press books and DVDs are available at retail outlets worldwide or online at the Berklee Press Web site.

What are the technical requirements for viewing Berklee Shares lessons?

We make every effort to support as many Web browsers as possible. However, you will have the best experience on the site if you use a version 5 or later browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or Netscape 7. If you use AOL, we recommend version 7 or higher.

Berklee Shares suggests the use of Apple's free QuickTime Player to play many rich media types such as video and .mp3 audio. You can download it from Apple's QuickTime download page. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 is recommended for viewing the .pdf lessons. You can download it from Adobe's Web site.

How can I tell you what I think about Berklee Shares?

Just contact us via the web form.