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Triumph in Awards, Expectation for the Future

On May 10, 2012 New Jersey held the The 32nd New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. Our Berklee City Music Network site, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, produces some of the most talented students, so we were not surprised to hear of one of their own winning the distinguished Excellence in Jazz Award.

In addition to this achievement, Brittany Henderson, of Benedictine Academy, will be attending the 2012 Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program as a City Music Summer Scholarship participant, as well as attending Berklee full time in Fall 2012. 

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Parents: The Ones Who Get Us There

Students and faculty are the backbone of the Berklee City Music Network, but in some ways it all starts with parents, the ones who “got us here.”  Often their support, patience and above all their encouragement is what keeps BCMN going.

Ms. Jeannie Butler, whose daughter Brittany is both a Berklee City Music alumna and Berklee College student, spoke with us about recognizing her child’s potential early on, as well as the importance of encouraging Brittany’s passion.  She also shared what Brittany has learned at Berklee, what she has learned from Brittany, and how parents can support their child’s musical explorations.



Brittany Nicole is a self-made YouTube star. Her videos have gained a wide audience with view counts often reaching the hundred thousands.
Check one of the videos from her channel! You can follow Brittany on Twitter @ibrittanynicole

Berklee City Music Teacher Feature: Winston Maccow

We sat down recently with Berklee professor, and Berklee City Music teacher Winston Maccow. He shared his experience and methods of teaching.

What did you study when you were a student at Berklee?
My major at Berklee was Jazz Composition and Arranging. I did a lot of writing. It was really helpful.

What are the age ranges of your students?
I teach high school students from 14 to 16, and Berklee students anywhere from 17 to 27.

What are some of the highlights of working with Berklee City Music students?
One of the highlights of working with City Music Students is watching them grow and watching them perform with guest artists.

How do you keep the students motivated?
One way of keeping them motivated is to find out their own interests. As a teacher I can provide materials, and I can have a structure of doing things, but sometimes the students are not up to doing what the teacher asks. So, I always find out what music they enjoy. I always ask, “What are you into? How can I work with you?” Or, I might ask them to teach me something. There’s always a way to keep them motivated and challenged.

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Meet Berklee City Music or Get Reacquainted

While the path to success can seem limited to those with the greatest means, for close to twenty years Berklee City music has sought to connect students from under-served communities to a rich musical education.  This video, presented at last year’s Berklee City Music Gala and hosted by WCVB-TV Boston’s Liz Brunner, highlights the many accomplishments of Berklee City Music graduates.

Please enjoy watching Berklee City Music in action, and while you’re at it, get involved!

Interview with Lalah Hathaway

Vocalist, songwriter and Berklee alumna Lalah Hathaway ’94  just visited Berklee to celebrate the dedication of the new Africana Studies Program, perform at the Berklee Performance Center, and conduct a master class with Berklee City Music Boston students.  Ms. Hathaway also sat down with Shea Rose ’11 and discussed her experiences at Berklee and beyond, her perspective on the music industry, and her experience with BCMN member Stax Music Academy.


Please enjoy this video and some words of wisdom from this gifted artist!

Lalah speaks with student performers


Lalah speaks with the audience in attendance

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