Music Education Symposium: April 8

Zach Cole
March 23, 2010
Janis Ian helps promote multicultural music education
Patrice Rushen
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Photo Phil Farnsworth

The Professional Education Department and the Music Education Department at Berklee College of Music will hold the second annual Music Education Symposium, Across the Borders, Across the Sea, on Thursday, April 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the David Friend Recital Hall at 921 Boylston St. The event is free and open to the general public. For further information, contact Cecil Adderley, chair of the Music Education Department at, or visit

The symposium will allow middle and high school musicians to speak about their music at a panel and showcase their talent. Across the Borders, Across the Sea will highlight the importance of multicultural music education and foster music literacy in a contemporary context. The day’s events include African dance and percussion clinics, student and faculty performances, a panel discussion about the role that music plays in the lives of young artists, and a culminating showcase concert featuring students and panelists. Lunch will also be served.

Guests include international recording artist Patrice Rushen; the Boston Children’s Chorus directed by Anthony Trecek-King; the Boston Arts Academy R&B Girls’ Ensemble; the Berklee West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble directed by Joe Galeota; and instrumental music teacher Michael Sibanda and his students, the St. Stithians Boys’ Preparatory Marimba Band of Johannesburg, South Africa.