Berklee today

OCT 2015

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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Fall 2015 11 Berklee Methods for India's Classrooms Thanks to a generous gift from Chandrika Tandon, a member of Berklee's president's advisory coun- cil, the college will expand its reach of high-quality music education via Berklee Tandon Global Clinics (BTGC) in India. The emphasis will be on providing sustainable access to these programs for talented youth in the region. BTGC is a new type of program that responds to the fast-changing landscape of higher education in the 21st century. BTGC programs will be designed to give students the experience of learning music in the classroom. We will experiment with new models and present various formats tailored to the specifc groups of music stu- dents with whom we work. These programs will be conducted inde- pendently or produced in collabo- ration with entities aligned with Berklee's educational mission. Students will participate in lecture and technique classes, and attend special lectures on themes closely associated with the overall pro- gram concept. All participants will also perform in ensembles or work in a practical situation based on the program's topics. BTGC will allow students to explore the essence of popular Western music, from sharing basic tools to take the students' knowledge of the genre to the next level to helping them discover and achieve their full potential. In addition to BTGC's academic focus, we are also including stra- tegic elements such as alumni en- gagement, sustainability, strategic partnerships, and local media par- ticipation. With the global expan- sion of Berklee's brand and its presence represented in the Boston and Valencia campuses, this pro- gram aims to identify, train and deploy a select group of Berklee alumni to take the work to India. They will represent diverse back- grounds with expertise in perfor- mance, production, IT, video, social media, and other areas of the in- dustry (as required by the specifcs of each program). These alumni will be accomplished practitio- ners working at the forefront of the music industry, respected experts in their areas, and have an entrepre- neurial spirit. We will design and implement a communications campaign to dis- seminate program's objective and attract target groups and promote the development of a partnership plan with media companies in the re- gions that will participate in the con- tent production and distribution of available audio-visual assets via TV and social media channels. We have already begun to network with pre- eminent Indian entrepreneurs, orga- nizations, and companies, and have tapped the support of number of popular artists, esteemed pandits and gurus. "It's a great development to have global clinics teaching Indian students about Western music uti- lizing Berklee's methods," says Clint Valladares, the director of the Berklee India Exchange. "We look forward to the formation of addi- tional partnerships between Berklee and prominent fgures in India to help this work move forward and begin to touch the lives of talented students in India." For more information about BTGC, contact Clint Valladares at cvalladares@berklee.edu. Mirek Vana is Berklee's global development offcer Thirteen young musicians from un- derserved communities in Boston and across the U.S. were awarded four- year full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee during an emotional presen- tation at the Berklee Performance Center on August 11. Each of the 13 winners had participated in the Berklee City Music Network. Comedian Sinbad emceed the scholarship presentation, which came at the conclusion of the Berklee Five- Week Summer Performance Program, the last hurdle for scholarship winners to clear before beginning their college careers. The collective value of the scholarships presented to the young musicians exceeded $2 million. Scholarship students were wel- comed to the stage by Berklee presi- dent Roger H. Brown, Berklee's vice president of education outreach and social entrepreneurship Lee Whitmore, founder of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner Jr., and Krystal Banfeld, the dean of Berklee City Music. The concert showcased the talents of fve Berklee City Music en- sembles and special guest jazz sax- ophonist Donald Harrison, a Berklee alumnus and director of the internship Sinbad Presents Berklee City Music Scholarships Chandrika Tandon By Mirek Vana By Nick Balkin From the left: Sinbad and scholarship recipients Mahamma Germain and Christoff Glaude Berklee City Music students onstage at the Berklee Performance Center during the August scholarship concert. 2015 Scholarship Recipients Vocalist Starr Desmond, East Boston, MA Vocalist Mahamma Germain, Hyde Park, MA Bassist Christoff Glaude, Mattapan, MA Guitarist Antonio Shiell-Loomis, Boston, MA Pianist Joshua Sutherland, Mattapan, MA Pianist Michael Gloria, Scottsdale, AZ Pianist Keirnan Johnson, Peoria, AZ Vocalist Sarah Khatami, Wexford, PA Bassist Chenni Li, Rowland Heights, CA Bassist David McKinzie, Memphis, TN Bassist Antonio Robinson, Philadelphia, PA Pianist Briana Washington, Hercules, CA Vocalist Britani Washington, Hercules, CA Photos by Dave Green program at Tipitina's, the City Music Network site in New Orleans. The recipients were all enrolled in Berklee City Music, a program that delivers high-quality contemporary music education instruction to de- serving youth at no or low cost. The Berklee City Music Network is an as- sociation of 47 community organiza- tions that serve more than 28,000 students in the U.S. and Canada each year. Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded 236 four-year full- tuition scholarships totaling more than $13 million. Nick Balkin is a publicist in Berklee's Media Relations department

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