Goals of the BGJI
BGJI provides an interdisciplinary music program with three main goals:
Berklee Global Jazz Institute students will critically analyze and evaluate the expressive qualities and values of music in relation to other art forms in order to refine a personal aesthetic. They will play, practice, listen, improvise, and analyze jazz and world music across a range of cultures and styles, while developing an understanding of historical, social, and cultural roots.
They will prepare, rehearse, present, record, and evaluate performances of their own compositions and arrangements—individually and collaboratively—to demonstrate interpretive understandings; original creative intent; and jazz, classical, and global music influences.
Advance the Social Power of Music
BGJI students will develop a clear understanding of the role of the artist in society and investigate how music can serve as a positive force in the community. By using music as a tool to promote intercultural, interracial, and social understanding; tolerance; and social values, they will become role models in their community.
Connect Music with Nature
This is a special interest of Danilo Pérez, which he personally pursues through his work with the Mamoní Valley Preserve in Panama. BGJI students will explore nature as a source of sound, rhythm, harmony, and musical expression, and discover ways the natural world can influence creativity and imagination. "The program will provide interactive experiences in uncommon settings, such as the jungle or the forest, where music is used to promote interaction with indigenous cultures and to create awareness about the importance of the restoration of ecology," says Pérez.