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Jazz Education Network 2016

あけましておめでとうございます。新年いかがお過ごしですか。
私は留学して3年目にして初めて冬休みをボストンで過ごしています。この週末にケンタッキー州ルイビル市で開催されたジャズ教育ネットワークという3日間に渡るシンポジウムの中日に、バークリーコンサートジャズビッグバンドの一員として参加してきました。

このイベントは全米のジャズ教育者が集まって色々なトピックについて講演があったり、新しく出版された楽譜をワンコーラスずつ実演していったり、音楽学校の学生によるバンドやプロのミュージシャンによるコンサートも目白押しでした。
また、ヤマハを筆頭に世界中の楽器メーカーによるブースで楽器の試奏、購入ができたり、アメリカ陸軍ビッグバンド、ジャズの楽譜出版社、音楽学校などのブースが並んでおり、バークリーももちろん参加していました。

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My Reconciliation with World Music at Womex

Julia Hoffman is a global entertainment and music business graduate program student at Berklee’s Valencia campus. In this post she reflects on the Womex conference she attended in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Julia Womex

In October I learned what it means to be a ‘Womexican.’ Womex takes place for five days every October in a different city throughout Europe and it is not to be missed by any artist manager, agent, label, or festival programmer in the world music scene. And this really is a ‘scene.’ At this year’s Womex in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I realized that anyone who is anyone seemed to know everyone! It is a close-knit community and having an ‘in’ can lead to many opportunities. Some notable encounters of mine included meeting Bruno Boulay, Programmer of MIDEM, Todd Puckhaber, programmer for the SouthxSouthwest Festival, and Malcolm Haynes, programmer for Glastonbury.

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Berklee @ SXSW interactive

Every year thousands of musicians, industry folk & fans roll into Austin for SXSW music – including a bunch of us from Berklee. Before the music portion starts, thousands of nerds roll in first for SXSW interactive & film.

Of course I mean nerds in the most awesome sense – designers, programmers, educators, social media gurus, and general Internet enthusiasts – and as Berklee PULSE’s Senior UI Designer, I certainly fit the bill.

You might wonder why Berklee would be at interactive at all, as a college of music? That’s just it – first and foremost we’re a school. The way we think about education has shifted drastically with the advancements of technology – gaming, social media, online courses & the availability of information through the web.

As a group of musicians, teachers, multimedia producers, designers, programmers and writers working on an online music curriculum, the PULSE team embraces the idea that learning should be an interactive experience. PULSE isn’t an online course, but rather what we think the textbook of the future should be: full of games, storytelling, multimedia & fun!

Picked up my SXSWi badge!

I arrived in Austin last friday, excited to learn about the latest and greatest in interactivity, discuss games and web interfaces, and hopefully meet some great people. My expectations were blown out of the water!

One of the biggest themes of SXSWi was how games are revolutionizing education! In fact, the Seth Priebatsch keynote on the first day dove right into that topic! I attended panels on casual educational games, game design as an educational gateway, designing stuff for kids, the future of education and game usability design (to name a few.)

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Berklee goes to Nicaragua

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Hello, everyone!  My name is Nicolás Mariñelarena, and I’m the president of the Latin American Music & Business Association at Berklee.  We strive to connect Berklee students with the Latin music industry, and usually organize school trips, panels, and even televised contests and concerts.

We usually call relevant industry figures – such as artists, producers, managers, engineers, and business people – to visit Berklee and give clinics, but this time it was the other way around…

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