Berkleemusic.com, the online extension of Berklee College of Music, awarded five musicians with its first online music scholarship program, which offers six music courses and required textbooks for up to two years of study.
Arooj Aftab (Steve Vai Scholarship) was born and raised in Pakistan and is a self-taught guitarist in a culture where opportunities for music study, especially for women, are severely limited. She is planning to use her education to develop her songwriting skills and ultimately change the way that female musicians are perceived in her native country.
Monica Orth (Patty Larkin Scholarship) — a resident of Lowell, Mass. — aspires to write and produce electronic dance music. She began working on her first music project in October 2002 with no training. Soon after, Orth began taking drum lessons to learn about rhythm and enrolled in piano lessons to gain a more complete understanding of melody and harmony.
Jose Luis Revelo (Alf Clausen Scholarship), a native of Colombia, hails from Jersey City, N.J., and creates jingles and scores for top music production houses in New York City. He hopes to open his own music house in New York, where he will create music for commercials, scores for television and film, and songwriting and production for Latin artists.
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Actively involved in the South African music industry for many years, 19-year-old Timothy Kroon (Steven Tyler Scholarship) is finalizing his first solo project and plans to incorporate engineering into his repertoire.
Brett Richard Keintz (Tom Snow Scholarship) plans to use such online courses as “Record Business 101” and “The Future of Music and the Music Industry” to help develop a future music industry business model: a record label, an online music company or an up-and-coming music technology company.