Summer is around the corner…

..and that calls for some GREAT music! Take a listen at our favorite jams on our Summer 2014 playlist below!




What have you been listening to lately? Let us know by commenting below or tweet us @BerkleeCMN


Warehouse 21- Welcome to the Berklee City Music Network!

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Since 1997 Warehouse 21 has been providing Santa Fe’s youth and young adults the tools and possibilities to discover, develop and showcase their talents in the performing, media and visual arts, through the means of recording sessions, film festivals, radio programs, poetry, musical theater productions, art exhibitions and concerts that enrich the community.

In July 2013, Warehouse 21 will enter its seventh year in its facility in the Railyard Arts and Cultural District in Santa Fe, and will be celebrating its 18th anniversary serving youth.

Please join us in giving a warm Berklee City Music Network welcome to Warehouse 21! 

To learn more about Warehouse 21 please watch this informational video.

City Music Spotlight: Adeline Um

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Name: Adeline Um

Network Site: City Music Boston

School: Boston University Academy

Grade: 11

Hometown: Charlestown, MA

Instrument: Voice

Number of Years Playing: 4

Favorite Musician: Regina Spektor / Jack Johnson / Adele

First Song Learned: A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

Favorite Record: 19 by Adele

What does Berklee City Music mean to you?

I joined City Music only a year ago yet it’s changed and shaped my life in so many ways. Having the opportunity and privilege to be on a scholarship where high-schoolers receive theory classes, private lessons, and ensemble practices is so unique because it allows anyone with the talent and passion to be able to do what they love on a greater level despite their social status. Everyone at BCM shares this common interest of music and it’s amazing to see the energy and drive that they hold. BCM has also taught me that effort, interest, and hard work has its rewards; this encourages me every day to work to my absolute full potential. With opportunities from singing the national anthem at Celtics and Red Sox games to scholarships for 5 weeks during the summer is what makes BCM “one-of-a-kind”.  However, I don’t think that I would be where I am today without the support from friends and teachers at BCM. The sense of community and love that is fostered here is irreplaceable.

What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician and potentially pursue it as a career?

There is not a single day that goes by where music is not a part of my life. In fact, I believe that music makes the world a better place as it breaks a certain language barrier and allows people of all kinds to be unified.  However, there have been days when I get extremely frustrated when I can’t perfect a riff, or when theory seems nearly impossible; in my opinion, those days are the most beneficial in the long run. If it weren’t for those days, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the times when I do achieve the “near impossible”. That dedication and love for music is what makes me want to pursue music potentially for a career. In my opinion, you could be the most talented musician in the world, but if you don’t have true dedication, passion, and love for music, there’s nothing that will encourage you to pursue it.

Who’s had the greatest influence on your life and why?

If I had to choose one person to name as my greatest influence, I would have to say that it would be my older sister. The drive and passion that I have for music is influenced by her. She has this incredible character of perseverance and I really admire her for that.

Outside of music what are your interests and hobbies?

I am a ballet dancer at Boston Ballet and I have been dancing for over 12 years. I love getting involved with my school in admissions events such as giving tours at open houses as I LOVE talking. I’m also in the process of learning Korean, which is really exciting!

City Music Boston Ends the Year with Five Amazing Concerts


In the David Friend Recital Hall on May 3rd, the Berklee City Music Mentoring Program held their annual Completion Ceremony Concert. At this event, the ensembles performed an array of songs, ranging from jazz standards to current Top 40 hits. The ten graduating seniors were also given parting gifts to take with them on their future endeavors. This year, the Mentoring Program had record numbers, with forty-one students and forty mentors combining to make one great concert with some notable performances.

The Jazz Ensemble debuted their original group composition, “Q-Improvise” led by Milad Zendehnam.  Featuring mixed meters and several different key signatures playing simultaneously, it was entertaining to the ear on several levels.

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The Rock Ensemble turned up the intensity in the room with their performance of Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” and “Still Into You”, finishing their set with “I Write Sins (Not Tragedies)” by Panic! At the Disco.


The Pop Ensemble, dressed in matching black, blue, and white, ending the show on a an energetic high note, getting the crowd dancing in their seats with Top 40 hits from Estelle, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams with an original rap thrown in.


City Music Boston also presented three other concerts on the weekend of May 3-4: the Preparatory Academy Completion Ceremony, the Composer/Songwriter/Arranger Concert, and the High School Academy Completion Ceremony. City Music Boston ended its year on Saturday, May 17 with the annual Faculty Outreach Concert, with featured performances by Boston Public School students at Berklee Performance Center.

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, and staff on another successful year!

Photos by Photos by Dave Green, courtesy of Berklee College of Music

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

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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!

Do you want to present at this year’s BCMN Conference?

Our 2014 Berklee City Music Network ConferenceAmerican Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development, is right around the corner – November 2-5 in beautiful Los Angeles, California!

We want to create a valuable, exciting, rich learning environment that inspires us all to raise our program execution across the Network. We’re looking for dynamic presentations that inform music educators and community music school administrators about proven practices, pushing the leading edge of the profession, and motivating the pursuit of excellence.  We are asking you to put your best innovative and unique foot forward and share your site’s best practices with other network members.

Our theme this year is on Innovations in Youth Development with each day having a sub-theme:

  • Youth Development
  • The Challenge of Change
  • Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead
  • Exceeding the Vision

There will be two strands: educators and administrators.

Possible ideas for Youth Development may be college preparedness, advocacy, and audition preparation.

Potential ideas for the Challenge of Change are social entrepreneurship, creative collaborations, diversification of revenue streams, managing changing values in an organization, and working with non-traditional music education practices.

Possible ideas for Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead are arts integration with science and technology, developing technology programs, how to build infrastructure and capacity to put a music technology program into place, and using technology to reach underserved and at risk populations.

Possible ideas for Exceeding the Vision are placing interns with music industry job studies, developing new models for music education, managing leaps in organizational development, etc.

Click here to be directed to the PDF proposal form to be a presenter at this year’s conference.

Call for Presentations Deadline is June 15, 2014, so you have plenty of time to get the short proposal together. If you are chosen to present, your conference fee will be waived.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if you have an idea you want to discuss for a presentation.

We look forward to hearing from you about the best practices you have identified at your own site and growing and strengthening our Network together!

Click for more information on presenting at this year’s conference.

Happy Birthday Adele Laurie Blue Adkins!

Adele has broken records, won many awards, sold millions of albums worldwide and inspired countless people. Her third studio album is one of the most anticipated albums in history.

Last night Adele tweeted: “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year.” Did she give us a hint about her next album and that it will be released later this year? Let us know what you think!


In honor of Mother’s Day here is what Adele did on a new mom’s night out:

Fun Fact: After winning an Oscar she had one made for her son.

What would you do after winning an Oscar?

Jazz Quotes

Here are some quotes from Jazz Masters. Be inspired by their wisdom and music!

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”—Ella Fitzgerald

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.”—Coleman Hawkins

Billie Holiday and Coleman Hawkins

“The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can’t sing.”—Billie Holiday

“It’s very difficult for me to dislike an artist. No matter what he’s creating, the fact that he’s experiencing the joy of creation makes me feel like we’re in a brotherhood of some kind… we’re in it together.”—Chick Corea

“Listening is the key to everything good in music.”—Pat Metheny

“Clouds float in the same pattern only once.”—Wayne Shorter

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”—Duke Ellington

“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.”—Dizzy Gillespie

“Originality’s the thing. You can have tone and technique and a lot of other things but without originality you ain’t really nowhere. Gotta be original.”—Lester Young

“I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason why it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.”—Charles Mingus

“Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.”—Sonny Rollins

“Jazz has the power to make men forget their differences and come together… Jazz is the personification of transforming overwhelmingly negative circumstances into freedom, friendship, hope, and dignity.”—Quincy Jones

Miles Davis

“Nothing is out of the question for me. I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light…Then I’m grateful.”—Miles Davis

“One thing I like about jazz, kid, is that I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Do you?”—Bix Beiderbecke


Listen to their music on our playlist!



Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz Quotes

Here are some quotes from Jazz Masters. Be inspired by their wisdom and music!

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis

“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.”—Charlie Parker

“When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them.” –Don Cherry

“And that’s the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody. You don’t know if they’ll like it, but you offer it.”― Wynton Marsalis, To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road

“Composing is improvisation slowed down.”—Wayne Shorter

“When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.”—Bill Evans

“Music should always be an adventure.”—Coleman Hawkins

“A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other’s ideas.”—Stan Getz

“The real innovators did their innovating just by being themselves.”—Count Basie

“Improvisation is the ability to create something very spiritual, something of one’s own.”—Sonny Rollins

“The whole thing of being in music is not to control it but to be swept away by it. If you’re swept away by it you can’t wait to do it again and the same magical moments always come.”—Bobby Hutcherson

“The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.”—Herbie Hancock

Ella Fitzgerald

“Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.”—Ella Fitzgerald

“Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music for the first time, as if I had never heard it before. Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels, and that’s too bad.”—John Coltrane

“A goal is a dream with a finish line.”—Duke Ellington

Listen to their music on our playlist!

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The State of Jazz Composition Symposium and Concert Series

Berklee’s The State of Jazz Composition Symposium is a 6 day event of clinics, panels, master classes, workshops and concerts that explore the evolution of the music industry and how the discipline of jazz composition is being shaped to follow this maturation.

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Berklee College of Music handpicked an outstanding array of today’s crème de la crème jazz artists and industry professionals to share their knowledge, insights, experience and stories with the Berklee community. These names include Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Geri Allen, George S. Clinton, Maria Schneider with the keynote address by Don Was, President of Blue Note Records.

Some of the covered topics are:

  • Biological Foundations of Music
  • Outside of the Box – breaking free of perceived constraints in approaching jazz
  • Writing for Strings
  • Broad Issues of Compensation in the New Music Business
  • Women in Jazz
  • Composers of Color
  • Blurred Lines in Composition

The State of Jazz Composition Symposium and Concert Series will be held at various locations on Berklee’s campus from April 22-27, 2014.

To view the detailed schedule, register and read more about the visiting artists and panelists, please visit: