The Berklee Partnership Advisory Council, Committee, and Collaborative (BPAC3) is a project-oriented visiting committee composed of key personalities from Boston's music education, broadcast media, and business communities. Chaired by the assistant vice president for community and governmental affairs at Berklee, it also includes members of Berklee's faculty and staff specifically identified for their related disciplines, their commitment to the community, and their connection to the music industry. The purpose of BPAC3 is to advise Berklee as to how it can best use its resources to make a positive contribution to the community and strengthen ties with area businesses while furthering the college mission of career-oriented music education.
Boston Higher Education Partnership
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In the fall of 1993, Berklee College of Music became the first music institution of higher education to join the Boston Higher Education Partnership, furthering and formalizing its ongoing commitment to the children of the Boston Public Schools. The Boston Higher Education Partnership is a consortium composed of 28 public and independent institutions of higher education that operate individually and collectively in equal partnership with the Boston Public Schools. By utilizing human and financial resources, the partnership assists with and participates in the development of educational excellence.
As a demonstration of this partnership and what it promotes, Berklee offers professional development seminars for teachers and concert tickets for schools and nonprofit organizations around Boston. Weeklong seminars offered to Boston's music educators such as TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators), Communications and Digital Media, Music and Movement Seminar, Teaching Classroom Music with a Multicultural Approach, and Finale computer software classes do much in keeping the local teaching ranks on the cutting edge of current pedagogical practices. Ticket donations to area public schools, neighborhood residents, and organizations provide regular opportunities for the community to visit Berklee's campus and learn about the cultures of students, staff, and faculty.
Berklee's efforts to assist Boston's secondary school teachers, educational institutions, local organizations, and nonprofit agencies in enhancing the quality of music education and awareness have been increasingly successful. A notable benchmark testifying to this fact was the awarding of a $1 million Preparing Tommorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant over a three-year period from the Department of Education. Four Boston public schools partnered with the college to take advantage of the multidisciplinary technology infusion into the K–12 music curriculum.
In the winter of 2005, Berklee College of Music received ceremonial recognition from the Higher Education Partnership and Mayor Thomas M. Menino for its City Music Program and for demonstrating exemplary best practices for grades K–12 in partnering with the Boston Public Schools.
Nearly $240,000 has been donated to the Boston community in educational services. Professional development seminars for teachers and donated tickets providing access to performances at the Berklee Performance Center have given the college an unprecedented opportunity to share with its neighbors and unite the Boston community through music and education.
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Boston Arts Academy/Pro Arts Consortium
The Boston Arts Academy, located at 174 Ipswich Street, in walking proximity to Berklee's campus, is a collaborative project of the Boston Public Schools and the Professional Arts (Pro Arts) Consortium.
The Pro Arts Consortium is a group of six Boston institutions committed to advancing arts education in the public schools. Among its members are Berklee College of Music and five other arts-related institutions of higher education. The Boston Arts Academy, the only public school of its kind in the Boston metropolitan area, offers high-level training in the visual and performing arts. Since the opening of its doors in August of 1998, the academy and its faculty have received numerous awards and accolades. In addition, Berklee's City Music Saturday Preparatory School for grades 6 through 8 has been housed at the academy since its inception in the year 2000. Berklee is proud to be one of the founding institutions of this high-profile educational jewel.