Krystal Prime Banfield, Ed. D.
Krystal Banfield sets the academic standards for the college’s celebrated Berklee City Music® program, which serves thousands of youth across the U.S. and Canada. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to music education, community music awareness, and accelerated learning models for urban youth, developing curricula such as BandQuest (distributed by Hal Leonard) and the Composers Suitcase (supported by the California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts); has written for Cambridge Press and the Teaching Artist Journal; is recorded on INNOVA; held posts at national CBOs VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum; and served as adjunct voice professor and music education lecturer at University of St. Thomas and on school and community boards.
Banfield holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Howard University, Washington, D.C.; a master of music from Indiana University-Bloomington; and a doctorate in education from University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis.