About the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI)
The Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI) will bring performers, artists, teachers, scholars, and students together to research, study, and perform music based on the folk traditions of various regions of the Mediterranean. The MMI’s work will lead to the formulation of pedagogical standards, stimulate a cultural exchange of folk-based music traditions of the Mediterranean, and internationally promote these traditions and to support young and emerging talent from the area.
For centuries, the diverse cultures of the Mediterranean have helped shape the world’s understanding of music, a powerful influence that continues to grow. The folk music of Mediterranean countries has greatly influenced the music of the Americas, giving rise to numerous contemporary styles. The music from this region, with its non-Western instruments, tonal systems, and rhythmic forms, brings the promise of exciting new musical fusions and opportunities for both musicians and audiences. With new media enabling a greater potential for the distribution of music, Mediterranean music is exploding on the international music scene, and music educators must be prepared to help their students understand this music.
Berklee has a long tradition of focusing on folk-based music that has transformed the popular music world. As one of the first schools to research and create pedagogy in blues, jazz, rock, R&B, country, and Latin music, Berklee's methods of contemporary music education are emulated all around the world. Now, we apply our 60 years of experience in researching, codifying, and developing curriculum for folk-based Western music to the new challenge presented by the emergence of Mediterranean music.