By Caleb Hsu, Editor-in-Chief
The Berklee Groove is Berklee College of Music’s student voice, an online newspaper run by musicians, for musicians. The Groove was established in 1997 as a bi-weekly printed newspaper, but with the 2009 website launch, it became an exclusively online publication. With articles covering the latest music industry news, show reviews, album reviews, interviews, op-ed features and so much more, The Groove strives to provide interesting, entertaining, and relevant information for the Berklee community and beyond. Writing, much like music, is a medium by which sometimes simplistic—though oftentimes complicated—ideas are communicated. This communication is a necessity for us artists, as it’s important to spread your viewpoints and passions across the globe.
Sharing your unique perspective with the estimated 3 billion people who now have access to the internet enables your voice to be heard and your story to be told. One of The Groove’s missions is to provide a window for outsiders to get a glimpse of what attending the top music school in the world is like. With Berklee’s 12 majors and 20 minors (with countless combinations and dual major possibilities), there are plenty of stories to share. In fact, at the end of this article, you’ll find all the necessary information on how to submit your personal journey while at Berklee to be featured as a part of The Groove’s new “Major Stories” section.
“I’ll never know what course my life would have taken if I hadn’t applied to be a staff writer for The Groove, but I do know that I would never, ever take back that decision in a billion years.” – Previous Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Occhino
In my admittedly limited experience writing for The Groove, I have learned a number of invaluable lessons and acquired skills that I had not anticipated when I first signed up to be a contributing writer. Having attended countless concerts and events, interviewed numerous artists and industry professionals, and developed various other content, I’ve not only grown as a writer, but I’ve also grown as a person. Writing expresses who you are as an individual, forcing you to extend your thoughts and beliefs into tangible words and phrases. Utilizing your senses to recreate a situation for unseen readers presents a unique challenge that is both stimulating and rewarding. Best of all, writing for The Groove provides numerous opportunities to do (anything), to be (involved), to ask (anything), and to learn (everything)—all while equipping you with the necessary cognitive and verbal skills to function as a musician, as an adult, and as a part of human history in the making.
Since 2000, there has been a 150% increase in internet usage and availability globally, contributing to the wealth of knowledge, news, and data available across nations and oceans. This is your chance to add to this ever-expanding pool of ideas, to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and to increase your awareness of the world around you. Berklee is a wonderful place of discovery: of identity, of passion, of music, of cultures, and so much more. The Groove embodies just a small portion of the enriching life experience Berklee provides. I welcome you to join our passionate team, find inspiration around you, and get motivated to start writing!
Exclusive “Major Stories” Contest Info:
We’re looking to give readers (who oftentimes happen to be prospective students or parents thereof) a transparent look into each of Berklee’s 12 majors. We want to hear your perspective(s) on classroom life, day-to-day challenges, collaborative experiences, the unique learning environment and highlights from your major concentration. For this, we’ll be accepting one individual story for each major from current students (preferably in their upper semesters) or alumni to be shared in a weekly column starting April 1. Dual majors are encouraged to select one major to focus their writing on.
Selections will be made based on the timeliness of submissions and the compelling nature of each personal account. In order to be considered, all you have to do is submit a Spring 2015 Contributing Writer Agreement. Please keep stories to a 750 word maximum. Good luck! Submission period ends March 31.