PULSE Training Institute 2014 Recap

Berklee City Music Network site teachers from across the nation (and Canada!) converged in Boston for the the 2014 PULSE Training Institute (PTI).  Friday night’s PTI Welcome Dinner, hosted by J. Curtis Warner, Jr.  and Dean Krystal Banfield, included some delicious food and jamming entertainment by former Berklee City Music National turned Berklee College of Music students.

PTI Attendees were introduced to Lee Whitmore, the VP for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship for Berklee City Music National.
PTI Attendees were introduced to Lee Whitmore, the VP for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship for Berklee City Music National.


PTI- Welcome Dinner Photo Henry IV, Meghan, Joey, Zach
PTI Participants and Clinicians enjoying the delicious food at Friday’s Welcome Dinner.

PTI has been an intensive learning experience with activities ranging from student/teacher jam sessions to multimedia PULSE and live performance demonstrations.

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Will Wright’s (Philadelphia Clef Club) Ensemble session
Charyn Harris (A Place Called Home) Singers and the Ensemble Session
Charyn Harris’ (A Place Called Home) Singers and the Ensemble session

PTI came to a close at the City Music Scholarship Concert and post-concert reception.


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!


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.


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!


2014 Berklee City Music Network Summer Programs

There are so many wonderful summer programs and camps happening this year! Here is a list of our Berklee City Music Network Summer Programs. 2xSalt

Boys and Girls Music Camp: June 16-20; July 21-25; August 4-8

Deadline: May 15

Berklee College of Music

Five-Week Summer Performance Program: July 12 – August 15

Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop: June 13-15

Victor Wooten

Berklee American Roots Weekend: June 20-22

Mark O’Connor/Berklee Summer String Programs: June 23- 27 and June 27-29

Berklee Percussion Festival: June 16-20

The Business of Music: June 20-21

Vocal Summit: June 23-26

Songwriting Workshop: June 26-29

Stage Performance Workshop: June 27-29

Musical Theater Summer Intensive: June 28-July 3

Paquito D’Rivera/Berklee Latin Jazz Program: July 6-10

Guitar Sessions: July 6-11

Berklee Day Sessions: July 7- August 1

Music Production Workshop: July 18-20

Berklee Piano/Keyboard Workshop: August 18-21

Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program: May 20-August 15

Berklee in Los Angeles: It’s All in the Song: July 22-26

Berklee in Los Angeles: Contemporary Performance Program:

July 28-August 1

Campus Club Milledgeville

2014 Summer Camp: June -July 2014

Little 5 Points Music Center (CMC- Community Music Centers of Atlanta)

Day Camps Rock Camp:

Offered in Decatur (June 2-13), Dunwoody (July 7-18), Little 5 Points (June 2-13)

Music Theater Workshop:

Offered in Decatur (June 16-27) and Dunwoody (July 21-August 1)

Wizard’s Music Academy:Offered in Decatur (July 7-18),

Dunwoody (June 2-13), Little 5 Points (June 16-27)

Country, Roots, and a Side of Rock-a-billy:

Offered in Decatur (June 30-July 3) and Little 5 Points (July 7-18)

Camp 70s: Music Video: Offered in Dunwoody (June 16-27),

Decatur (July 21-August 1), Little 5 Points (July 21-August 1)

Live! Modern School of Music

Rock & Contemporary Music Camp: Session A June 16-27:

Session B July 7-18; Session C July 21- Aug 1; Session D Aug 4- 15;

New Mexico Jazz Workshop

Summer Jazz Intensive: June2 – July 11, 2014, (no class Friday, July 4th) Monday to Friday 1:40pm – 3:30pm. Walk in Registration until May 19th

Creative Arts Camp: June 2-13 and June 16-27, 9am -3pm

(Aftercare available)


Young Artist Summer Intensive (YASI):

July 7-18; July 21- August 1, Deadline: May 30

All-Female Jazz Residency: June30-July 5; Deadline: May 15

The Second City at NJPAC:

Teen Improv & Sketch Comedy Workshop: Aug 4-15; Deadline: May 15

Adult Improvisation & Comedy Writing Immersion:

Aug 11-15;  Deadline: May 15

Singer/Songwriter Workshop: Aug 4-15;  Deadline: May 15

Hip-Hop Institute: Aug 4-15; Deadline: May 15

One World Theatre

2014 Camp Alice in Wonderland: June 16- 20, 9am- 2pm

Saturday June 21st Noon Final Performance! (8:30am dress rehearsal)

Philadelphia Clef Club

Summer Jazz Camp: July  7-18;  10% discount by June 6th

Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Bravo for Broadway! (2 sessions)

At Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 16-June 20, 9AM – 4PM At

Estrella Mountain Community College, June 23 -June26, 9AM -4PM

World Music Playground 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 23- June 27, 9am- 4pm

The Animal Parade 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 9-13, 9am – 1pm

Camp Rock! 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, July 7-July 11, 9am – 4pm

Swing Into Jazz 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, July 14-18, 9am – 4pm

A Cappella Vocal Jam!  July 21-25, 9am – 4pm

Richmond Youth Jazz Guild

Jazz Funk Camp: July 7-14, Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm

Jazz Boot Camp: July 21-31, Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm

Sitar Arts Center

Camp Sitar and Summer Musical: Session: 1 June 23-July 3, Session 2: July 7 – July 18

Stax Music Academy

SNAP! Summer Music Experience: May 27- June 29

The Soul & Blues Guitar Program: June 22-28, Deadline: May 30

The Music Settlement

Early Childhood Camps:

Music Builders Camp: June 16 – July 11, Monday to Friday, 9am -Noon, or Noon – 3pm, or 3pm-5pm (Except July 4), Deadline: June 13

Music Theater Camp: July 14 – July 25, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm,

or 3pm to 5pm, Deadline: July 11

Summer Music CAMP-TACULAR: June 23 – July 3, (Morning or Afternoon), Deadline: June 20

Suzuki Camp: August 3-9, Sunday 3pm- 5pm, Monday – Friday 9am -12:30pm, Saturday 10am -12pm, Deadline: July 25

The Roots of Music

Summer Session begins for returning students on June 14th

Woodlawn Musical Arts, Entertainment and Industry Program at Audiostate 55

Woodlawn Music Tech Summer Camp:

June 16-20; June 23-27; July 7-11; July 14-18; July 21-25, 9am-4pm.

Let us know about your summer programs and your summer plans!

Phoenix Conservatory of Music-2014 City Music Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

On Sunday, April 27 at the KROC Performance Center our member, the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, is having their 2014 City Music Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert to help their Berklee City Music students attend the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program this summer in Boston.

The event starts at 4:30PM with a reception featuring light appetizers and a silent auction.  The benefit concert and scholarship presentation begins at 5:30PM, where students who are selected to attend the five-week program will be presented with their scholarship.

This is a cause worth supporting. If you are in Phoenix, Arizona, come hear some top soloists and ensembles perform pop, rock, and blues favorites.  Tickets are $5.  To purchase tickets and find out more information please click here.

Last year the Phoenix Conservatory of Music sent their student Ahmari Underwood to the Five-Week Summer Performance Program where he received a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee City Music to attend Berklee College of Music and is currently a freshman at Berklee.  To read about his experience during the summer at Berklee click here to read his testimonial.


Dean’s Set List: Kiersten Kelly, Ciara Ventura, and Corinne Savage

This month’s episode of the Dean’s Set List features three young ladies from our member Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pennsylvania. Kiersten Kelly, Ciara Ventura, and Corinne Savage were all City Music Summer Scholars during the summer of 2013.  Ciara Venture and Corrine Savage were recently graduated high school seniors at the time, and received a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee City Music to attend Berklee College of Music and are currently in their first year at Berklee.

Kiersten Kelly, a junior in high school last summer, has become a YouTube sensation with her version of “Cup Song” from the movie Pitch Perfect.  It has been viewed over 550,000 times.  You can watch it by clicking here.  What makes her version particularly impressive is that she performs it one-handed.  She was born without a right forearm but has overcome her disability through music, even launching an anti-bullying campaign.

Please enjoy these talented young ladies version of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.  To learn more about the Dean’s Set List please visit our previous posts featuring earlier episodes: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4, and Episode 5.

Dean’s Set List: Heather Worden

Our next Dean’s Set List episode features Heather Worden from our member Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh.  She is performing her original song “Drowning in Her.”

Heather was a Berklee City Music Summer Scholar in 2013 and received a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee City Music to attend Berklee College of Music and is currently in her second semester.

To learn more about the Dean’s Set List please visit our previous posts featuring earlier episodes: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4.

City Music Students Earn Regular Gig at Legendary Hotspot, Wally’s

wallys painting

The Joshua Sutherland Sextet, composed of five Berklee City Music scholars, played their first gig at Wally’s jazz club last month. Founded in 1947 by Joseph L. Walcott, “Wally” was a Barbadian immigrant and first African American nightclub owner in New England.   Wally’s is the last remaining South End jazz club from the mid-twentieth century and still has live music nightly.  It is a beacon of “Mass Ave Jazz.”

“America is the birth place of Jazz and the music will only continue if we provide young musicians a place to perform and perfect their craft.”

Wally’s commitment to showcasing young talent continues with the opportunity afforded the Joshua Sutherland Sextet. The group is comprised of Joshua Sutherland (keyboard), Christoff Glaude (bass), Antonio Shiell-Loomis (guitar), Faraday Fontimus (trumpet), Darryl Staves Jr. (drums) and Brett White (saxophone). The three City Music High School Academy students and three Berklee College of Music undergraduates created the band during the 5-Week Summer Performance Program and began rehearsals last fall. The group recorded a demo and went to Wally’s repeatedly to inquire about a possible gig. Their persistence paid off, and the owner offered them a one-night gig at Wally’s on January 23, 2014.

Joshua Sutherland said that the group was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to play at Wally’s, but admitted that nerves accompanied the excitement. The sextet felt both the pressure of living up to the standards of the club and the surrealism of becoming the very performers they had once watched play there. Sutherland said that as a result of the performance, “now we know what our purpose on earth is.”

When asked about the band name, Sutherland said that the official name is pending; “it’s hard to find a name six people agree on.” While the band name may be up for discussion, the quality of the music is not in question. After a stellar debut performance at Wally’s, the sextet received an offer to return as regular performers. They will be playing at Wally’s every 2nd and 4th Thursday. If you are local, swing by to support these talented students and this historic jazz club!


Dean’s Set List: Robert Gould, John Michael Bradford, and Hunter Burgamy

This month’s episode of the Dean’s Set List features Robert Gould from Little 5 Points Music Center in Atlanta, and John Michael Bradford and Hunter Burgamy both from Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans performing  Georgia on My Mind by  Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and made famous by Ray Charles.

Robert Gould is a current student at Berklee College of Music who received a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee City Music in 2012.  John Michael Bradford and Hunter Burgamy were both City Music Summer Scholars in 2013, where Hunter received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and is currently in his first semester.  John Michael is currently a junior in high school and received a $20,000 scholarship from the college during the 2013 Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

To learn more about the Dean’s Set List please visit our previous post.