Berklee Strengthens 18 Local School Music Programs with Faculty, Equipment

By 
Liz Lupton
May 8, 2014
Boston area students participated in the 2013 Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach Concert.
Sean Hafferty

The Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach Program brings world-class musical instruction to youth in 18 Boston area schools. For nearly a decade, Berklee faculty and alumni have provided support to existing music programs with teaching assistance as well as curricula, computers, recording equipment, instruments, and in-house faculty development to aid music teachers in giving youngsters early access to college-level training and preparation. Today, Berklee invests more than $350,000 in the program, whose 29 teachers serve close to 1,000 youth in 17 Boston public schools and one charter school.

On Saturday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, students from 10 of the 18 partner schools will perform a wide selection of music, from pop and classic rock to jazz, at the Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach Concert, an annual celebration of the end of a successful academic year. The performance, and the preparation leading up to it, gives participating students the chance to experience the intricate details of a professional concert, from sound-check to the green room. The public is invited to attend for free.

Schools participating in the concert include Boston Arts Academy, Community Academy of Science and Health, Edison K-8 School, English High, the Harbor School, Jackson-Mann K-8 School, Nativity Preparatory School, William H. Ohrenberger School, Roland Hayes School of Music, and Warren Prescott K-8 School. Other schools in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Charlestown, Roslindale, and Mattapan also participate in the Faculty Outreach Program.

 

Liz Lupton is a publicist in Berklee's Office of Media Relations. Media inquiries: llupton@berklee.edu.