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Berklee welcomes 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi for semester

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  November 8, 2012 05:18 PM

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(Photo by Kelly Davidson) Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi in the classroom at Berklee College of Music.

By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent

Songwriter, producer, and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi can now add professor to her resume.

DioGuardi, who was a judge on the eighth and ninth seasons of Fox’s popular singing contest, is teaching a class at Berklee College of Music this semester on songwriting and production.

The class, titled “hit songwriting,” was developed specifically for Berklee and its 27 students were handpicked by DioGuardi. The students songwriter-producer pairs to mirror the music industry.

“What Kara is doing at Berklee is important because she is simulating the most popular songwriting model our students will encounter when they leave campus: working in small teams that combine writers and producers in real time,” Berklee president Roger H. Brown said in a statement.

By studying with successful behind-the-scenes talent, DioGuardi’s students will learn more about non-performance careers in the music industry, the school said.

“I took a position at Berklee because I want to help educate and guide songwriters/artists in the early part of their careers,” DioGuardi said in a statement. “I love working with promising talent, and I aim to share my experiences with my students so as to better prepare them creatively and emotionally for an industry fraught with change and competition.”

DioGuardi’s work has appeared on more than 160 million albums and she has authored more than 50 charting singles with artists including Katy Perry, P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Colbie Caillait, Rascal Flatts, and Celine Dion. 

“Kara has obviously thrived as a writer, and she is helping our students get ready for action from day one. She is also an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher who holds herself to the highest standards,” Brown said.

For more news and updates about Berklee, follow @YCBerklee on Twitter or visit boston.com/yourcampus. E-mail Kaiser at johanna.yourtown@gmail.com.

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