Music Education Symposium

Thursday / April 8, 2010 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States
St. Stithians Marimba Band

The 2010 Music Education Symposium at Berklee College of Music—Across the Borders, Across the Sea—will offer a forum to discuss current practices in education. Cohosted by Grammy-nominated recording artist, conductor, composer, and Berklee ambassador for artistry in education Patrice Rushen and Music Education Department chair Cecil Adderley, the all-day event will feature clinics and performances.

The Music Education Symposium is a unique event that provides opportunities for young artists to interact in conversation to hear how they learn music, how they value music, and how it is part of their daily lives. It will also give them a chance to showcase their music-making abilities. Teachers and collegiate music education students will participate in a variety of hands-on sessions to learn pedagogical practices and innovative techniques. The culmination of the day will be a public concert featuring individual groups and ensembles, as well as a finale where the students will perform together with Patrice Rushen.

The following is the day's public schedule of events (subject to change):

9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Michael Sibanda African Percussion Clinic
This hands-on session will highlight authentic African instruments and performance practices. Sibanda will engage the audience with group music-making to illustrate call-and-response and other oral music traditions.

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. How Do You Manage?
Clinicians: Libby Allison, Sandra Nicolucci, Allyssa Jones
The focus of this session is on innovative techniques to engage students in the music classroom, with examples of how to address disruptive behavior, accommodate all students, and create a safe and effective learning environment.

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Berklee Music Education Department Recital
This recital will feature selected music education majors, the Music Education Concert Choir, and the Berklee Orff Ensemble.

2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Remarks from Berklee
Darla Hanley and Cecil Adderley speak.

2:15 p.m.–2:50 p.m. Let Me Hear You
Featuring: Boston Arts Academy Jazz Combo and St. Stithians Marimba Band with Patrice Rushen
The focus of this clinic is to have the students perform for each other, to share their artistic expression and approaches to music-making. This session will be conducted as a master class with Patrice Rushen offering comments and suggestions to the performers.

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Music in My Life—Music in Your Life Panel Discussion
Moderators: Cecil Adderley and Patrice Rushen
Panelists: Three Berklee music education students, three marimba band students, and three Boston Arts Academy students
This panel will engage the young musicians in dialogue about how they make music, how they access music, the value of music in their lives, and more. Special focus will be on how music is learned and shared, emphasizing similarities and differences across the world.

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. African Dance and Drum Performance Clinic
Featuring: Joe Galeota and the Berklee College of Music West African Dance and Drum Ensemble; Victor Dogah

7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Showcase Concert
Featuring: St. Stithians Boys' Prep Marimba Band, Boston Children's Chorus, Boston Arts Academy R&B Girls Ensemble, Patrice Rushen/Finale