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Artists that fall under very different regions of the musical spectrum but, surprisingly enough, share quite a few things in common. Aside from their notable careers and Grammy wins, the deeper connection between them traces back to their dorm days: they are all Berklee College of Music graduates. The list of talented and successful alumni is as varied as it is long, from the comedic stylings of Trey Parker (co-creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon) to the epic scores of Howard Shore (composer of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies). Berklee has been the artistic home to countless musicians and has continually set the standard for music education.
That’s why we are humbled, happy, and oh-so-proud to share with you that LMSOM is an official full-time member of Berklee’s City Music Network. What does this mean for Live! and our students? We're glad you asked.
What is the Berklee City Music Network?
Berklee College of Music founded the City Music Network as a way to become involved with local communities across North America and extend the reach of music education to the young talent that may not have the financial means to do so. Organizations within the network receive access to the Berklee PULSE Music Method, a series of online lessons and materials that emphasize contemporary music theory and instrumental technique, as well as support and resources directly from Berklee. Only music schools and programs that reflect Berklee's vision and mission are invited to join the network, and in 2013, we received the call that would change everything - Live! was selected to become a part of the Berklee City Music family. Over the last few years, we have had the pleasure of collaborating with the incredible team at City Music Network and are incredibly excited for what this relationship will help bring to our young musicians.
What does this mean for Live! Students?
Being a part of Berklee City Music Network as full-time members gives us the opportunity to award full scholarship opportunities to Berklee's renowned 5-week summer program. Each semester, we will select a group of Live 03 students to apply for Berklee’s summer program in Boston, where they will have the chance to learn from and play with some of the best musicians in the industry. They will also have the opportunity to interact with classmates from all over the world, as students from more than 70 different countries attend the program each year. As a bonus, summer scholarship recipients also receive special consideration for full tuition scholarships to Berklee’s 4-year music program - truly an opportunity of a lifetime.
LMSOM at Berklee City Music Summit 2016
Each year, Berklee hosts an annual music summit that brings together industry veterans, music educators, students, and members of the City Music Network for a weekend of collaboration and professional development. One of the main highlights of the summit are the student ensembles that perform during the event, and we are beyond thrilled to announce that a group of our very own Live Tres students will be representing LMSOM at this year’s Berklee City Music Summit in New Jersey! Out of 44 schools in the City Music Network, only five student ensembles were selected to take the stage, and Live! will be among the lucky participants. Each group will work with a dedicated music coach, focusing on each musician’s abilities, and will perform for clinicians and attendees during the summit’s master class. To say we’re beaming with pride is an understatement!
Join us in congratulating our group of Live Tres students and their mentor on this exciting achievement, and take a look at the audition performances that got them selected for this year’s summit:
Mentor & Band Leader
Drums - Cristian Acevedo
Voice - Sasha Crews
Piano - Teddy Kingsbury
Bass - David Lehr
Guitar - Mason Porter-Brown