New Orleans has played a pivotal role in the development of American music, and Berklee City Music is fortunate to count three outstanding Network members from this cultural mecca.
The Roots of Music offers tuition-free music education and academic tutoring, with its marching band continuing a proud tradition of the New Orleans community. The core faculty offers instruction in band, brass, curriculum and percussion while partnering with Tulane University to invite additional instructors. Among other accomplishments, the Roots of Music’s Marching Crusaders can be seen in the Tournament of Roses parade this January in California.
Under the guidance of their artistic director, acclaimed saxophonist Donald Harrison, Tipitina’s Foundation teaches middle and high school students instrumental skills and recording/production techniques free of charge. Students also participate in workshops with musicians, producers, and scholars. In addition, Tipitina’s Foundation provides instruments to local schools and operates business development centers for artists across Louisiana. Students from Tipitina’s Internship Program recently travelled to Japan as part of a cultural exchange program.
Young Audiences of Louisiana works in local schools to provide a variety of programs that combine the arts, academics and life skills to a range of audiences. Programs include afterschool and summer classes, community performances, artist residencies, early childhood arts instruction and professional development for educators. In November, Young Audiences received approval to open a charter school that will “emphasize academic excellence and use research-based Young Audiences arts-integration programs to engage students and support teaching and learning.” The school will open its doors in August 2013.
These unique organizations preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage while educating and inspiring new generations. Berklee City Music is proud to partner with all three and congratulates them on their myriad accomplishments.