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Local Veteran Accepted at Prestigious Music School
Online Program Welcomes Non-Traditional Student Veterans

Springfield, Virginia – September 19, 2018 – Berklee Online School of Music is a veteran-friendly institution that offers several degree programs to students throughout the world. Berklee accepts applications throughout the year for it’s online program. They are one of the few schools in the country that offer discounts on tuition for veterans. “The discount is substantial, 30%, and that comes in handy, especially for those of us veterans who might not be at the 100% level with their GI Bill. The finance office and the veteran liaison have made it so easy to apply my benefits each term.” says Cathy Baumbusch, a musician and a veteran who lives in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.


There is a growing demand for music education and training among veterans and the Berklee Online program offers 8 Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees: Music Production, Guitar, Music Business, Songwriting, Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Create Your Own Major), Songwriting and Producing Music, Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, and Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games. Begun in 2015, the BPS program had a 50% acceptance rate (it is somewhat less now.) Alumni include Fraser T Smith who co-wrote “Set Fire To The Rain” with Adele, Rolling Stone Magazine's “Artist To Watch of 2014,” Lindsay Ell, and Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band.

Additionally, over 10,000 students from 140 countries each year enroll in the Berklee Online certificate programs including 12 week courses like Pro Tools, Music Video Editing, Commercial Songwriting, Orchestration, Music Theory, Guitar, Afro-Cuban Drums, Music Production, 3D Design, Ear Training For Mixing Engineers, Arranging: Horn Writing, Artist Management, Music Licensing, Music Marketing and over 100 others. There are also free "MOOC" courses offered through Coursera.org.

Cathy is retired from the Army Reserve, and in addition to being the lead singer and manager of the CB RADIO band, she is also an alto in the premier Washington DC choral group, Choralis. “I am excited that I have the chance to hone my skills with such a wonderful institution that looks out for veterans.  I look forward to working hard at earning my degree and putting everything I learn into practice.” she says..