City Music National
Berklee City Music is a nonprofit program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to provide music education to 4th through 12th graders in underserved communities at 41 network sites, educating nearly 23,000 students across the country. With year-round instruction, the Berklee PULSE™ Music Method online music education platform, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive curriculum, Berklee City Music combines the breadth of Berklee College of Music resources, facilities, and available scholarships with an environment of attention and encouragement. Youth receive the tools and support they need to flourish as students, musicians, and, perhaps most importantly, confident and well-rounded individuals ready to shape the world.
Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded over $9 million in scholarships, including 1,087 to the Five-Week Summer Performance program and 188 full and partial tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music.
Berklee City Music Network Conference 2013
American Popular Music, The Untold Story II: Excellence and Access
October 28-30, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee
Presented by Berklee City Music Network and Stax Music Academy
The Berklee City Music Network Conference explores themes related to providing access to a quality and diverse music education for students from underserved communities across the country. The conference also aims to provide inspiration for educators as they work within their own communities and organizations, while making the most of their relationship with the Berklee City Music Network.
Hosted again in Soulsville, this year’s conference will feature keynote presentations with celebrated arts educators such as J. Curtis Warner, Jr., the executive director of Berklee City Music, and noted philanthropist Roger Brown, the president of Berklee College of Music. Moderating the three-day conference is Libby Chiu, the former chief of staff of the Illinois Arts Council and a leader in the field of arts education.
Highlights of the conference include:
- Guest speakers, such as Jeff Walker, Andrew Davis, Kirk Whalum, Will Power, Sharmila Ray, and Dr. Carol Johnson.
- A full day dedicated to board development and fundraising.
- Networking opportunities with arts educators and administrators from across the country.
- A master class for BCMN students with leading industry artists Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum.
- Live music performances and access to local Memphis hot spots like Stax Music Academy and Museum of American Soul Music.
- The possibilty of earning 17 contact hours of credit by attending the three-day conference.
The conference is sure to be a one-of-a kind experience for music educators passionate about current issues impacting policy and practice, connecting with fellow professionals who share their artistic and educational mission, and learning how to harness the energy of contemporary music to reach students from underserved communities.