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.

Watch the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert

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Tomorrow night is the annual Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert at the Berklee Performance Center at 7:30PM.  If you are going to be in Boston be sure to get your tickets now for this incredible event.

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 evening.  You will not want to miss out on the scholarship presentation where students from our Network members will be awarded with four-year full-tuition scholarships for study at Berklee College of Music.

Not everyone is able to be physically present at the show, so we invite you to watch the live-stream coverage of the performance.  Below is the link to the stream.  Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show!

LIVE STREAM: https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/7439-city-music-scholarship-concert

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.

Dean Banfield is Taking Over Our Facebook

This week Dean Banfield is taking over our Facebook page!

Dr. Banfield will answer any and all question on the Berklee City Music Summer Scholarship process and especially the PULSE requirement from Network site directors, teachers and perspective students.  The conversation is happening this week ending on Friday, January 17, so be sure to post your questions to our Facebook page as the January 31 Summer Scholarship application deadline approaching.

Dr. Kyrstal Banfield – Dean, Berklee City Music and Kasey Cox – Enrollment & Advising Manager, Berklee City Music Boston at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference in Memphis, TN

Berklee City Music in Billboard Magazine

The Berklee Encore Gala was featured in the November 9, 2013 issue of Billboard in the “Good Works” column.  The Berklee Encore Gala benefits Berklee City Music to provide year-round music education and scholarships to Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program and full-time study at the Berklee College of Music.

Berklee City Music graduate/current Saturday Night Live Band keyboardist Tuffus Zimbabwe; Berklee City Music dean Krystal Banfield; Berklee City Music executive director J. Curtis Warner; Berklee president Roger H. Brown; Bright Horizons chair/cofounder Linda Mason; songwriter, producer, music executive, and former Berklee professor Kara DioGuardi. Photo Credit Phil Farnsworth

To view Berklee’s press release please click here.

To view the article on Billboard please click here.

 

Women In Leadership Panel Discussion

Last Tuesday September 10, Chris Conners from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources facillitated a Women in Leadership Panel Discussion  at The Loft at Berklee College of Music. The panel brought together three of Berklee’s most prominent leaders, Debbie Cavalier, VP of Online Learning and Continuing Education, Cindy Link, SVP for Institutional Advancement, and Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean for City Music. The objective of the discussion was to ask the questions “how did you get to where you are in your career?” “how did you overcome obstacles?” and “how can women attain more leadership positions?”

The panelists as well as audience members offered insightful commentary.

One of the themes that stuck out during the discussion was that women have to work substantially harder than men to achieve a certain level of leadership. Dr. Banfield explained a powerful perspective, “As an African American, especially as a female, it’s always been instilled in me that I have to be ten times better – whatever that means. I always have to be prepared; I can never slip up if I’m ever going to have the opportunity for those doors to be opened. I am a torchbearer for all of the women and for all of the women of color. I have to carry that responsibility so that those who follow behind me will have more opportunities.”

Cindy Link commented – although she hopes one day that she will be able to disagree with this statement – “women have to work 40% harder.”

Regardless of the challenges they faced, Cavalier, Link, and Banfield did reach success in their careers. They are distinguished leaders at Berklee who have a following of peers who look up to them.  So how did they get to this point? Cavalier shared a personal anecdote:

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“Leading the charge on something unpopular was a challenge…Pursuing children’s music was always a passion of mine. I never pursued it until I was about to turn 40.  That has made everything in my life better. You have to be true and authentic about the things you are passionate about.”

But you can’t always pursue your passions. Life happens, and as Link puts it, “you have to learn to embrace the process.” She explains:

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“There are times when you say ‘I didn’t accomplish anything worth while…I’m devoting my life to this thing and it’s not very important.’ So I think the biggest obstacle is determining what matters to you and being patient if it seems like you’ve hit a hiccup. Never evaluate a job in the first six months. You cannot look around the corner; you have to wait till you get to it. It’s a big mistake to make some decisions prematurely.”

Determining your values, embracing the process, and persevering is only half the battle to becoming a leader. As the three panelists explained, part of being a leader is recognizing other leaders who you work with and allowing them to flourish.

How can we ensure that women are involved in this predominantly male process?

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Audience members as well as the panelists agreed that we need to encourage young women to be assertive and take on management positions at the beginning of their educational experience.  Considering the fact that students at Berklee come from many cultures with different values and attitudes towards women, it was suggested that there should be programs that teach young women how to be confident leaders.

This idea was extremely well received by audience members. It could have taken the discussion to another level – if time permitted. However, it neglected to point out that Berklee is made up of a predominantly male population that includes cultures where women are not given equal respect.

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In order for young women to have the opportunity to attain leadership positions, education and leadership development needs to be geared toward both the male and female students. Leadership development classes should be all- inclusive with an equal emphasis on both men and women. If there will be progress, there needs to be a change in attitude and behavior on both sides.

And we don’t need to wait for the process to start. As Dr. Banfield said, “We are all accountable for what we do; in this way, we are all leaders.”

Heroes Among Us Honors Dr. Krystal Banfield

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Last Tuesday August 6, Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music, was recognized at the 15th Annual Heroes Among Us Award Ceremony.

The ceremony, held in The Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House, honored individuals for their commitment to serving their communities and making a lasting impact in the lives of others.

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Dr. Banfield was celebrated for her dedication to community music awareness. As stated by the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Banfield “has been instrumental in expanding City Music’s reach from four to now 18 Boston Public Schools and thanks to her leadership, Berklee City Music has educated more than 13,000 youth.”

The award was presented by Eddie Palladino, Public Address Announcer for the Boston Celtics; Steven Grossman, Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Bob Epstein, Celtics Co-Owner and Managing Partner; Jared Sullinger, Celtics Forward; and Edward F. Davis, Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.

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J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music, has also received a Heroes Among Us Award. It is very exciting that Berklee City Music leadership continues to set the precedent for music education access and outreach.