Berklee College of Music Masterclass

As part of our partnership with Berklee College of Music’s International Network, JMC Academy held a day of FREE hands-on music and songwriting masterclass, delivered by JMC Academy and Berklee Professors. 

The event included an information session about Berklee College with an admissions representative and a specialised masterclass.

The day was open to all those who have a keen interest in the music industry and was free to attend. 

The masterclass focused on songwriting skills and the improvement of performance techniques. Attendees were also involved in Ensemble training with Berklee professors and JMC Academy lecturers.

When: 10am, Wednesday 29th June
Where: JMC Academy Sydney, 561 Harris Street Ultimo


10am - Music business approaches for the independent performing and recording artist
with Harry Skoler
11:30am - Lunch
12:00pm - Song form analysis, harmonic devices and chord strategies for contemporary songwriters/arrangers, keyboard performers
with Russ Hoffman
1:00pm - Berklee Information Session
with Marek Dykta

About the Berklee College Professors:

Russ Hoffmann
Professor, Piano
A professor in the Piano and Ensemble Departments at Berklee, Russ is a featured pianist, recording artist, composer, and arranger in many styles of contemporary music including Jazz, Latin, and Pop. Russ has appeared at international festivals, and has worked with some of America's finest jazz artists. 

Harry Skoler
Professor, Clarinet
Holding degrees from Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, and now a Professor of Woodwinds at Berklee, Harry is an jazz clarinetist extraordinaire. He has garnered numerous national and international reviews, has contributed to clarinet method books, and has been charted at #8 on Jazziz Magazine's Top 40 'Radioactive' chart.