A Testimonial on the Berklee Five-Week Experience by Keith Criddell

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This summer I had the opportunity to attend the “Berklee College of Music’s City Music Summer program”. I was thrilled to receive the scholarship and to be sponsored by WYJB, however I had no idea how amazing the opportunity truly was until I actually got there. Going to Berklee was the experience of a lifetime for me in so many ways. I enjoyed the independence of living on the college campus for the first time and the hands-on experience of what life for me would be like when I actually go to college next year. The college schedule and the classes were a challenge to get use to at first, but  it didn’t take me long to get the hang of it. I think that was mostly because all of my classes and instructors were so interesting and I want to learn as much as I could while I was there. I learned a lot of new things I didn’t know before about music theory, the history of drumming and had the opportunity to increase my confidence and improve my music skills. I also met new people for all parts of the world and made some really great friends that I continue to stay in contact with.
After my experience this summer I told my parents that Berklee is where I definitely want to go to college, and it was the first college application I submitted when I got home. Music has always been a very important aspect of my life and Berklee helped me discover that I have so much more to learn and that I could actually make music a part of my future.

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