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For the last two years, I was a professor of songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I did this part-time next to my full-time gig of being a songwriter and vocal producer in the pop and EDM world. In those two years, I sold a whole bunch of songs to famous DJs and worked on many projects with up-and-coming artists in Brooklyn.
In 2013, one year after graduating from Berklee, they asked me to join the faculty. This seems pretty unorthodox, but my boss believes that if you want to teach current pop music to college kids, you need someone who is closer to their age and who's living the pop music gig right now. I wasn't gonna argue with her, so I took the job, and quickly realized that teaching songwriting made my own writing a lot better. Sweet deal.
As a professor at Berklee, though, I ended up spending more time trying to convince my students that the rules of songwriting are a huge deal than I actually did teaching them. The general consensus was, "Rules are lame! My favorite indie artist follows no rules! Deez Nuts for president!" And my answer was, and has always will be, "Wrong, bro!"