City Music Scholar Reflects on NAMM Experience

Robert Gould is a City Music Scholar from Little Five Points Music Center in Atlanta, GA, and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music.

The opportunity to perform and receive hands on mentorship by George Clinton, Moby, and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus crew was an amazing experience to say the least. George Clinton at the forefront of creativity and individuality as a musician mixed with the high level technological advancements and concepts the John Lennon Bus and Moby bought to the experience made this opportunity a life changing musical adventure I will never forget. The ability to be surrounded by music in all directions in the atmosphere set by the NAMM Conference in California made this musical encounter a surreal moment.

Robert Gould-NAAM PHOTO

As musicians and contemporary music students at Berklee College Of Music, we often are searching for innovation and desiring to be at the helm of what will mold and set a new dawn of music for our generation to enjoy. This opportunity yielded to me by Berklee City Music allowed me to see that in order to be innovative in this era we must seek for the foundations laid by George Clinton, Moby, and John Lennon who were and are all men who faced music with fearless tenacity and zeal. Creativity and technology are at the forefront of this new dawn of the entertainment industry we are entering into. This purpose driven experience connecting education, recording, and technology has exposed my mind, enriched my soul, and fueled my determination for success through my artistry. I am so honored to be an ambassador for the Berklee City Music Program.

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Dean’s Set List: Stella By Starlight

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from three Berklee City Music Network sites performing “Stella by Starlight” by Victor Young.  The band features City Music Summer Scholars Drew Anderson on trumpet from the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, Max Castro on congas from the Boys & Girls Harbor, Emilio Mendez on piano and Miguel Santana-Morales on upright bass from Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in theoffice of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

Dean’s Set List: Without A Song

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from three Berklee City Music Network sites performing “Without a Song” by Edward Eliscu, William Rose, and Vincent Youmans.  The band features City Music Summer Scholars Lyric Stephen on vocals from Little 5 Points Music Center in Atlanta, Anav Sood on piano from The Music Settlement in Cleveland, and Conner Duke on upright bass from City Music Boston.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

Dean’s Set List: Just the Two of Us

Our next episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from four Berklee City Music Network sites performing Bill Wither “Just the Two Us” made famous on his recording with Grover Washington, Jr.  The band features Thomas Stewart on vocal from Campus Club Milledgeville, Jonathan Acevedo on tenor saxophone from Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina, Joshua Sutherland on keys from City Music Boston, and Larry Monroe on guitar, Antonio Robinson on electric bass, and Cameron Cephas on percussion from The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenged Accepted

Last week the Berklee City Music National office was challenged in the Strike Out ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by our colleagues in the Berklee City Music Boston office.  Challenge accepted!

This a great cause that has raised over $94 million since July 29 and is creating awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease that is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

As part of our challenge, we challenged our friends at Little Kids Rock, Amp Up NYC, and the John Lennon Education Tour Bus.

In addition to having a lot of fun, as you will see in our video, everyone who did the Ice Bucket Challenge has donated to the cause.  Please show your support for this great cause and others like it that effect so many throughout the world.

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From left to right: Amanda Gargiulo – Project Manager; Arin Canbolat – Assistant Director, Network Partnership Engagement; Lee Whitmore – Vice President for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship; Erich Riepen – Work Study; Nico Mindreau – Senior Instructional Designer, Course Editor; John Bigus – Manager, PULSE Music Library Development; Jean Connaughton Marketing and Media Manager; and Britt Brown, Admin.

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Dean’s Set List: Message in a Bottle

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features Madison Denbrock on voice and Michael Gloria on piano from the Phoenix Conservatory of Music and Grace Mann on voice, Antonio Shiell-Loomis on guitar, and Moses Abraham on electric bass from City Music Boston.  They are performing “Message in a Bottle” by The Police.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

Dean’s Set List: A Long Walk (Season 2: EP 2)

We continue this season of the Dean’s Set List with our second episode featuring vocalists Sarah Coelho and Adeline Um from City Music Boston, Samantha Spear on alto saxophone from The Music Settlement, Isaiah Hill on Piano from Little Five Points Music Center, and Christoff Glaude on Electric Bass from City Music Boston performing Jill Scott’s “A Long Walk.”

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

To see season 2 episode 1 click here.

Dean’s Set List: So What (Season 2: EP1)

It’s the start of a new Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program and there are Berklee City Music Summer Scholars from all over the country attending.  During the Five-Week Program we record students who are featured on the Dean’s Set List.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in the office of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

To start off season 2 our first episode features John Michael Bradford  on Trumpet from Tipitina’s Foundation, Yesseh Furaha-Ali on tenor saxophone from The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Ayinde Williams on piano from Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, and Daniel Winshall on bass from City Music Boston performing Miles Davis “So What.”

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080 HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.

Berklee City Music Five Week – Instagram Contest

This Saturday, Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program will kick-off in Boston.  Students from around the Network will travel here to study, learn, and perform.  Berklee City Music is hosting our own social media contest for Network students with themes and prizes each week, as well as a grand prize at the end of the session.  We’ll be posting tips and tricks to promote yourself and your music over social media throughout Five Week, so be sure to follow us @BerkleeCMN and also @CityMusicBoston!

Find out what students are doing here in Boston by searching the hashtags #CityMusic5Week and #BerkleeSummer on both Instagram and Twitter.

We can’t wait to see the students and to give away the first round of prizes at the Tuesday meeting.  Be sure to check out the theme below and start capturing your moments today!