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 has been an intensive learning experience with activities ranging from student/teacher jam sessions to multimedia PULSE and live performance demonstrations.
PTI came to a close at the City Music Scholarship Concert and post-concert reception.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5.
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.”
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!