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Rock Band & Rock Stars: PULSE Celebrates!

Last week, the PULSE team celebrated some of our recent accomplishments with an afternoon pizza party.

There’s been quite a bit to celebrate recently, including 2 new episodes of Take 5, the brand new PULSE index to catalog the vast amount of resources on the site, adding the violin to the practice room and finishing up some new recordings for the PULSE song library!

While celebrating, we played some Rock Band and some of us even dressed up like rock stars for a costume contest!

Madonna, the costume contest winner, tries her hand at Rock Band

Our fearless leader, Dan, shows us how it's done

Kurt Cobain & Tupac back from the dead

Learning through PULSE

When I was hired as the Information Architect for the PULSE website almost 2 years ago, I had little knowledge of music theory and practically no playing experience. It was a bit daunting to start working on this awesome music curriculum with coworkers who had been playing and teaching music for years.

Luckily, my coworkers were patient with me & answered any questions that I came up with (and there were a lot). Being a blank slate ended up working to my advantage, and I became the Guinea pig for new content in our curriculum! Before I knew it, I was able to participate in music theory discussions with little confusion & come up with fun ideas for simplifying some complex concepts.

About a year in, I decided to put some of my theory knowledge to good use, and started taking guitar lessons from a colleague.

I had tried to do this while I was in high school, but gave up quickly because it was overwhelming & made no sense to me. I figured that I just didn’t have “it” and moved on.

This time it was different. Thanks to the PULSE Harmony unit, chords started making sense! Turns out there is music reasoning behind these seemingly random finger positions that I was forced to memorize. Thanks to the PULSE Form unit, I could break songs into bite size pieces that I could tackle. Thanks to the PULSE curriculum, I began to see the connections in the songs and it’s actually been fun!

I’ve still got a long way to go, but this time I’m sticking to it.

Heroes Among Us!

J. Curtis Warner Jr. accepting the "Heroes Among Us" Award from the Boston Celtics

On the night of Wednesday March 10th, Berklee City Music showed up at the TD Banknorth Garden to take home a W!

At half time, the Boston Celtics honored Berklee’s own Associate Vice President for Education Outreach J. Curtis Warner Jr. with the Heroes Among us Award.

Established as an initiative of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.

Curtis received this award in recognition of his groundbreaking work establishing the Berklee City Music Network, Berklee’s Education Outreach initiative:

Berklee City Music is a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders all across the country. Students dedicate themselves to building their musical talent, their self-confidence and, in the long run, the strength of their community.

In addition, the Boston Celtics’ Shamrock Foundation gave a generous gift to Berklee City Music Programs. Both Curtis and Berklee City Music Director, Dr. Krystal Banfield, accepted the gift at half time.

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