A Testimonial on the Berklee Five-Week Experience by Ahmari Underwood

Ahmari Underwood

The Berklee City Music 5 week experience is one that changed my life. Before I went to the Berklee 5 week program I was unsure what to expect. I heard many testimonies from a variety of different people who had already experienced what I had yet to. Although I had many affirmations as to how awesome the experience was, I was still filled with doubt. I did not think that 5-weeks during the summer would completely change the way I view my life; but it did.

I learned so much about myself, my musical capability, and how to cope being so far away from home. While I was in Boston for the Berklee 5 Week program I was tested mentally. I was placed into an ensemble that was required to play some extremely advanced jazz music that I had never fathomed performing. However, hardwork, perseverance, and pushing myself mentally each day allowed me to reach new heights. Not only was the 5-week experience one that allowed me to stretch my mental capacity musically, it was one that allowed me to be involved with a plethora of young musicians who were doing the same. For this reason alone, along with many others, I was able to make some really good friends who I would even consider “life-long friends”.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to grow in such a way that I never thought that I could have. The amazing staff and facuty at Berklee, the ensemble leaders, peer leaders and advisors, and the list goes on. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to represent City Music during this amazing conquest, because they are the ones who pushed me, helped me remain focused, and treated me as family. I am a blessed man. I’d like to personally thank everyone who helped me get to where I am today, and I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity experience the Berklee 5-week summer program to meet it head on and make the most of every single note. Thank you.


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