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Office of Experiential Learning

Valerie Teicher: Demonstrating Your Value

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us about the importance of demonstrating your value both inside and outside the classroom…

As my time at both BMG Chrysalis and The Windish Agency is nearing its last month, I am keen to see how the experiences turn out, and what next step they will lead me toward. Although as mentioned in my previous entry, I am not counting on a job offer at either of these places come May, I am certain that I will come out with experience and contacts that will guide me in a good path.

What I have found the most valuable being in a city like New York and interning at companies like these is that there is opportunity all around you. This is not to say that there are necessarily job openings or a career waiting for you to take it, but in the same way that there is always something going on in the New York City, there is always something to be a part of on a deeper level. I have stumbled into a variety of very rewarding opportunities in the creative sense just by being here and being surrounded by like-minded people, and I know that when a real career opportunity comes by, it will be due to these, rather than necessarily a resume, or a GPA.

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Gabrielle Thornley: Looking West…

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle tells us about the expansion of The Echo Nest to the West Coast and some fun projects she’s been working on…

This has been a fun-filled couple of weeks for us at the Echo Nest. Mustache March has been thrown into full effect around the office, meaning a lot of unshaven faces walking around. The handful of girls at work will be the judges of this “Mustachio Contest,” so I must admit that I am a little excited for that.

On a different note, I’ve been working on a slew of fun projects recently. We’ve continued on with the Playlist Project, which I must admit, has been my favorite activity so far. I added a few new R&B tunes to my “Getting Lucky” playlist, while generating another list based solely on the act of stretching before a workout. Interpreting that as more of a calming vibe, I kept the playlist acoustic, with a consistent folky sound throughout. Along with all the playlisting, I was asked to research and purchase the top songs trending in about 15 different countries right now. It was really awesome to see what people around the world are listening to, compared to the United States. Despite the many similarities, the translations, however, were not too much fun.

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Valerie Teicher: Kicking Back and Thinking Ahead…

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us about a welcome opportunity to get to know her coworkers better and insights into her future career…

This past week was particularly interesting at BMG Chrysalis in terms of office dynamics. Since moving into a new office at the beginning of the year, it seems that the employees have taken it upon themselves to plan out a variety of activities and office-wide events to bring everyone together and build a fun sense of community at work.

We had the first ever office-wide open mic, at which various coworkers performed and showed off their many musical talents. It was great seeing how so many of the people I am surrounded by on a daily basis are all musicians as well, and getting a chance to watch them in their element outside of the work context was really interesting. It was especially exciting because I was able to perform a couple of songs, teaming up with a coworker who has become a good friend. We played a cover and an original song of mine, and it was great having a chance to share that part of myself with those at work, and getting positive and supportive feedback from them. Overall, this activity really allowed me to get closer with my coworkers—I was able to develop a musical relationship with my coworker who learned my original song and accompanied me on guitar, as well as getting to know those who performed better through their own creative expression. I can see on a deeper level how activities like this in the workplace really help to boost morale and strengthen relationships within the work dynamic, while maintaining a fun and energetic atmosphere.

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Devin Wojtanek: Thoughts on SXSW

Berklee Blogs introduces Devin Wojtanek, a Music Business major and spring intern, as he begins his internship with Indie Ambassador, the team behind presskit.to, a portfolio web app designed to enhance communication within the professional music & entertainment industries. In today’s blog, Devin tells us about an exciting new project and his thoughts on SXSW”.

Indie Ambassador was super involved in this year’s SXSW. I unfortunately have never been able to make my way down to the lone star state to partake in the giant music fest. By virtue though, I really felt like I was involved in something bigger than myself these past couple weeks. It makes me yearn to be there in person one day, possibly playing the Berklee Showcase, working with some company, or of course, just being there for the music. 

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Valerie Teicher: Charting a Career Path with Berklee Skills

Berklee Blogs introduces Valerie Teicher, a Music Business major and spring intern, as she begins her internship at BMG Chrysalis, a rights management company representing publishing and recording rights, as well as at The Windish Agency, an independent NYC booking agency serving musicians, bands and DJs. In today’s blog, Valerie tells us how her Berklee skills have come in handy in her professional work environments, as well as the challenge of charting a career path with her internship experience.

Throughout the past few weeks at my internships, I have been observing office dynamics and the work environment in order to gain a better understanding of how the music industry operates on a day-to-day basis. Both of the work environments I have been exposed to are very fast-paced and dynamic, yet I was surprised to see how casual and open the attitude is at both. Relationships between colleagues are very relaxed and personal, and I have come to realize that part of the reason why the industry can move so fast and fluidly is because the relationships between people move it forward. The straight-forward, informal approach to getting things done allows for a quickly adapting environment, and the casual nature of the people keep work light and highly motivated. I have come to realize that in this sense, this balance is crucial. 

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