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TOP RANKED MUSIC SCHOOLS
Berklee College of Music
campus and online degree programs
Contact an Advisor: U.S. 1-866-BERKLEE
Boston Campus- Berklee College of Music 1140 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215 USA
Valencia Campus- Berklee College of Music,
Valencia Campus Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia – Anexo Sur Avenida Autopista del Saler, 1 46013 Valencia (Spain)
Phone: +(34) 963 332 802
Eastman School (University of Rochester)
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604
Full Sail University
campus and online degree programs
3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
ONLINE MUSIC CLASSES
SMART PHONE APPS
Who Sings This?/Song Identification
MUSIC RECORDING SOFTWARE
(record at home/build your own studio)
MUSIC WRITING AND NOTATION SOFTWARE
SPECIAL INTERESTS MUSIC FILMS
All Is By My Side – Upcoming film featuring Andre 3000 from Outcast playing a young Jimi Hendrix (2014)
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Artifact – Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars Vs EMI Record Label
Gimme Shelter – Rollings Stones (1970)
It Might Get Loud – featuring Jack White, Jimmy Page and U2’s The Edge (2008)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Let It Be – The Beatles (1970)
Marley – Based on the life of Bob Marley (2012)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979)
Sound City – featuring Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, and more (2013)
This is Spinal Tap – a “mockumentary” about life as a touring musician (1984)
This is It, Michael Jackson’s (2009)
The Runaways – based on the lives of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett (2010)
Tonight You’re Mine/You Instead – filmed at T in the Park Festival (2011)
Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace and Music (1970)
Manchester, TN, USA
T in the Park
Vans Warped Tour
USA and Canada
All You Need to Know about the Music Business (8th Edition)
By Donald S. Passman
Behind the Glass:Top Record Producers Tell how They Craft the Hits
By Howard Massey
Music Theory for Dummies
By Michael Pilhofer and Holly Day
RECOMMENDED YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Censorship VS Free Expression:
The 1985 Parental Advisory Label court hearing featuring Tipper Gore, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, John Denver and more
Evolution of Guitar Rock – With No Guitars
Jack White builds a guitar from scraps and then plays it
From “It Might Get Loud” documentary
The Story of Napster
LEADING MUSIC CITIES
Los Angeles, CA
New York City, NY
MUSIC MUSEUMS IN THE US
MUSIC MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
of genres and key events
First Radio Song – “Ombra mai fu” by George Frideric Handel, broadcasted by Reginald Fessenden from Brant Rock on December 24th 1906
First Vinyl 12” Record (home use) – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski in September 1931.
First 8-Track – ?
First Music Cassette Tape – Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt and Johnny Mathis were among the first artists on tape in the US 1966, but it is rumored that Europe had artists on tape in 1965.
First Music Video – “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles, broadcasted by MTV on August 1, 1981
First Compact Disc (CD) – Billy Joel’s 52nd Street on October 1st, 1982 in Japan
First MP3 – ?
MAJOR RECORD LABELS (as of 2014)
Sony Music Entertainment
Universal Music Group
Warner Music Group
COPYRIGHTING YOUR MUSIC
More advanced instructions for multiple songs, etc.
Copyright published or unpublished musical works with the US Copyright Office
Printable PDF with detailed information and instructions
“Poor Man’s” Copyright
Put a cd, dvd or piece of sheet music (any hard form of your work that can be listened to, watched, read, etc) into a secure padded envelope and address it to yourself.
At the Post Office, ask the desk clerk not to actually send the mail, but to stamp the date and their postal information over the seal of the envelope.
You will be charged as if you were sending the item through the physical mail, based on weight and size. Take the envelope home and put it in a safe place with your postal receipt.
Do NOT open the envelope!!! This is key! While some lawyers say this method may not work in a court of law, the package you have now serves as your copyright.
If and when someone tries to steal or duplicate your works without permission, you can take the unopened package to the courts, show them the date stamp and official US postal seal, and then proceed to open and reveal your work(s). This can help you prove that not only is the work yours, but it helps clarify a timeframe of creation, since the work(s) would have had to of been created before the date on the seal.