2015 Scholarships – We are all winners!

This post was written by Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean, Berklee City Music

“We all sat around the computer awaiting the answer! When I opened the college scholarship computer portal and saw that I was awarded a college scholarship! My entire family burst into tears. I had received the City Music full tuition college scholarship. Thank you! ”

This was shared by one of our City Music students having just received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” is true. We all have had some influence on our students, which has contributed to their success. Yet, how can we know success, if the evidence does not arrive in the way of a scholarship? These are questions we readily ask as we prepare our students by building their skills and guiding them so that they would have the capability to attain choices—to pursue their dreams, to be leaders in their communities, to have purpose, to be responsible, to have the ability to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. In doing so, we know it takes being committed to a concentric circle that includes you, your students and their families, their teachers, schools and the greater communities. But how can we create this for more of our students who by national statistics still fall far behind their more advantaged peers? It is possible to leverage our relationships collectively, to share what works, and be determined in our efforts as we look to endeavor earlier preparation for each student. Let us establish a national dialogue, with a goal to create a consistent standard that provides opportunities for each student who joins our community. But, first let’s celebrate our next cohort of 2015 scholarship awardees!

15 – Awarded City Music College Scholarships
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Stax Music Academy

120 – City Music Summer Scholarships
2xSalt Ministry
A Place Called Home
Bahama Village Music Program
Boys & Girls Harbor
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina
Fort Hayes Metro Education Center
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Lincoln Park Perform Arts Center
Motivational Edge
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One World
Philadelphia Clef Club
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Sarah McLachlan School of Music
Sitar Center
Stax Music Academy
Tipitina’s Foundation
Wilmington Youth Jazz Band
Woodlawn Musical Arts/Audiostate 55

Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music
2014 College Scholarship Recipients with emcee Kiki Haynes, Walter McCarty, Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield
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Tips from a Successful Mentoring Program Coordinator

We recently sat down with Jordan Summers, the Music Mentoring and Youth Development Coordinator for Berklee City Music Boston, to get some tips on how to foster successful mentor/mentee relationships in a program that consists of about 80 participants in the Boston area.  Mentors are Berklee students and mentees consist of local middle school and high school-aged youth from underserved areas that have auditioned for City Music programs. The program provides mentees with 3.5 hours of instruction per week that includes a one-on-one music coaching, theory class, and ensemble rehearsal.

City Music Mentoring Program Collage
City Music Mentoring Program

 

Jordan broke down her keys for program success into the “3 R’s”: Research, Recruit, Relationship

Research

Jordan frequently uses free online tools to enhance Mentorship programming. There are several non-profit organizations that provide guidance for mentor programs in the form of networking, helpful information, and organizational tools.  She said that she regularly checks for new resources like handbooks, activity ideas, and training information from the websites of the following established national mentoring organizations:

  • http://www.mentoring.org: Mentoring program that develops quality resources to advance mentoring program effectiveness and innovation, while sharing knowledge among mentoring programs, and works to drive increased investment to sustain and grow mentoring programs nationwide.
  • http://www.massmentors.org: Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) helps to fuel the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts.
  • http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org:  Focuses national attention on the need for mentors, and how businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for young people.

Recruit

“Always be looking for mentors!” Jordan advises. Because City Music mentors are usually full-time Berklee College of Music students, Jordan is sure to have a “back up for the back up”.  She sources her mentors from general interest meetings that she advertises through the college, referrals from Berklee faculty and staff, a recruiting table that she sets-up at college events, and through informational materials she places around campus.  Jordan also leverages the program’s many success stories to encourage students to sign-up.

Show Value:  Jordan knows that Berklee students are more likely to sign-up as mentors if she can show them the value of being a mentor goes beyond spending time with a kid in need of music instruction and someone to hang out with after school.  Jordan said that her mentors oftentimes tell her that they have become more aware of their own learning style through the applied teaching of their mentee.  Following graduation from Berklee, several of her City Music mentors have requested and received recommendation letters and connections with industry professionals throughout the Berklee City Music National Network.

Relationship

For the mentor’s first contact with their mentee, Jordan provides them with a “first call” template/script to make communication effective and easy.  She also put together a handbook for mentors that contains best practices and acts as a trouble-shooting guide to get the relationship off to a great start.

Jordan plans at least one non-music activity per month and told us that “pizza always works!”  She highlighted the importance of taking the mentors and mentees out of the context of a demanding learning environment.

Jordan left us with her favorite quote to share with new mentors/mentees, “In learning, you will teach and in teaching, you will learn.”

Click here for more information on the City Music Mentoring Program.

2014 BCMN Conference Highlights

City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day
City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Amy Bojanowski

Over 200 Network members, music educators, and arts advocates came together in Los Angeles to discuss “Innovations in Youth Development,” the theme of this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference.

The conference kicked off on November 2 with “Youth Power-Up Day,” a free outdoor festival at Grand Performances, that featured performances by youth ensembles from around the country, a community drum circle hosted by Remo, and a jam session led by Kevin Eubanks.

Attendees moved indoors to the nearby Omni Hotel for the next three days full of inspiring presentations, panel discussions, and interactive activities. BCMN Conference veteran Libby Chiu started each day with a networking workshop that featured special guests such as Jonathan Zeichner (APCH), Andy Davis, and youth ambassadors from A Place Called Home.

Two of the more popular sessions were a panel discussion led by Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington with Sheila E, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, and Donald Harrison about working with young musicians
; and Ron Weisner’s all-star panel discussion about the music industry featuring Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Bobby Colomby, Tommy LiPuma, Ray Chew, and Ricky Minor.

The conference also featured a master class at the Grammy Museum; presentation by Network members such as Mike Anderson, Joey Arreguin, Gordon Cobb, Kevan Ellis, Greg Holt, Thomas Howard, Mark Kohler, Bethany Paulsen, Milton Ruffin, Ed Sublett, Frank Van Bree, and Cliff Weeks; plus a visit by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

With so many thought-provoking sessions, attendees left Los Angeles feeling inspired to further their work with young musicians.

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.

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.

Guest Post: Sarah McLachlan Event

Today’s guest post is from Kasey Cox.  Kasey is the Enrollment and Advising Manager at City Music Boston.  She does a lot of advising and college prep work with students, and handles many communications while they’re here in Boston.

Sarah McLachlan Talking with BCMN students before her 7/19 concert
Sarah McLachlan Talking with BCMN students before her 7/19 concert

On Saturday, July 19, nine City Music Summer Scholars arrived at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for a behind-the-scenes look at Sarah McLachlan’s Shine On tour. Her manager greeted us warmly and led an on-stage tour, where we were able to get up-close-and-personal with the instruments, set decorations, and lighting. Staring out at the empty seats in the 5,000 person venue, it was fun imagine that the seats would be filled in a few short hours.

City Music Summer Scholars Looking out over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion before the concert
City Music Summer Scholars Looking out over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion before the concert

After the stage tour, we had a question and answer session with the lighting and sound technicians before taking our front-row seats for sound check. With a quick wave to us, Sarah McLachlan took the stage with her four band mates. Hunter Gantz, a vocalist from Eagle Rock, later commented, “a lot of sound check was very high tech focused rather than band/instrument stuff.”

Sarah performing during the soundcheck.
Sarah performing during the soundcheck

Once sound check was completed, Sarah came off stage to chat with us. Molly Pope, a singer/songwriter from City Music Boston, asked Sarah about her microphone preference for singing and playing at the same time. Sarah commented that she is currently using a new microphone that requires more directional accuracy when singing, but performs better for this tented venue. Sarah was warm and engaging. She not only talked about positive social change, but her interactions throughout the day showed her commitment to and engagement in it as well.

While at dinner, we reflected on the highlights of the experience. They all agreed that Sarah seemed very cool and down to earth, but here were some other student take-aways:

  • Hunter Gantz, a vocalist from Eagle Rock, said “she’s just so impressive. She has so much control with her voice and warm energy.”
  • Ayanna Jacobs-EL thought she “has a good sense of humor” and “angelic voice.”
  • Grace Mann: “she danced on stage!”
  • “I was impressed that some of the set pieces were from her house,” Jared Griffin, a vocalist from Lincoln Park chimed in.
Sarah McLachlan performing at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sarah McLachlan performing at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

As we took our seats for the concert, it was exhilarating to think we were on stage a few hours ago looking at empty seats now filled. A special thank you to Sarah McLachlan and her team for allowing us to learn about touring at this level, and to the many Berklee College of Music staff members who made this possible. It was a great afternoon and evening as City Music Summer Scholars were able to hang out at Sarah’s sound check, meet her and see how things work in the business.  Her stellar performance that evening was the perfect end to an exciting day!

 

City Music Scholarship Concert

 

The City Music Scholarship Concert is at the apex of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.  The annual event, held at the Berklee Performance Center on August 12, will showcase the accomplishments of Berklee City Music Network students from across the country.  Over 100 Berklee City Music Network students will take the stage to perform rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, inspirational, and R&B songs throughout the event, which will culminate in the awarding of several full 2014 City Music College Scholarships to select students to attend Berklee College of Music in the Fall.

Join us at 7:30pm on August 12, 2014 for an evening of spectacular student performances.  Tickets are available now!

 

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.

2014 Five Week Calendar

Five-Week Berklee Summer Performance Program is in full swing here in Boston.  Here is a calendar of the remaining exciting events for City Music students.

 

Jam Session

Friday | July 25, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Admission: Free

A jam session for Berklee City Music students attending the 5-Week Summer Program.

 

Red Sox Night

Monday | July 28, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

Fenway Park

Admission: Ticket prices vary

Berklee City Music Network Students will be singing both the Canadian and American National Anthems before the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Caf Show

Thursday | July 31, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.

Berklee Caf, 160 Mass Ave

Admission: Free

Wednesday through Saturday, the Berklee cafeteria transforms into a concert venue and music hall run by students, for students, and featuring musical performances of all styles. This 7/31 performance will showcase guest alumni Koa Five-Week along with current Five-Week participants.  Students can audition for the show here by submitting a youtube video to Margot in the City Music Boston office.

 

Writing Workshop Presentation

Monday | August 4, 2014 | 5:00 p.m.

Christian Science Center, 210 Mass Ave

 

Pulse Training Institute

August 8 – 12, 2014

On-Campus, Berklee College of Music

PTI prepares attendees for PULSE certification. PTI educators will explore best practices in American popular music teaching pedagogy and methods used at Berklee and throughout the Network, teach tips on how to better navigate PULSE website resources, and share tools that will enhance your approach to integrating PULSE into your site’s curriculum. Participants will keep a daily journal throughout PTI and actively contribute to the discussion. All participants will be required to demonstrate proficiency using The PULSE Music Method in their teaching/classroom context.  The last night of the training will culminate at the Berklee City Music Annual Scholarship concert.

Registration for PTI is still open!

 

Scholarship Concert

Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave

Admission: Tickets available via Vendini

 

At the culmination of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, Berklee City Music students will perform rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, inspirational, and R&B songs. Scholarship awards will be announced at the show.