October 28-30, 2013Memphis, TN
Presented by Berklee City Music Network and Stax Music Academy
The Berklee City Music Network Conference explores themes related to providing access to a quality and diverse music education for students from underserved communities across the country. The conference also aims to provide inspiration for educators as they work within their own communities and organizations, while making the most of their relationship with the Berklee City Music Network.
Hosted again in Soulsville, this year’s conference features:
- Guest speakers including Jeff Walker, Andrew Davis, Kirk Whalum, Libby Chiu, Will Power, Gina LaRoche, Rob Lewis, and Roger Brown
- A full day dedicated to board development and fundraising
- Networking opportunities with arts educators and administrators from across the country
- A master class for BCMN students with leading industry artists Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum
- Live music performances and access to local Memphis hot spots like Stax Music Academy and Museum of American Soul Music.
- Attendees can earn 17 contact hours of credit by attending the three-day conference
Relive the 2012 Conference
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Sunday, October 27
Intro to PULSE
All Are Welcomed
Opening Reception At the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum
Dinner on Own
Monday, October 28
Theme: The Untold Story
Members Only Workshop
Panel Discussion: The Untold StoryShoshana Bean, Courtney Harrell, Tuffus Zimbabwe, and Rob Lewis. Moderated by Dr. Sandra Bowie.
Open to All
Open to All
East Bay – Jordan Simmons
Roundtable Talks! 3:00pm – 4:30pm
- Facilitated by 2XSalt
Creating Revenue Streams
Volunteerism & Cultivation
- Facilitated by Hebert Labbate and Kasey Cox
Admissions, Auditions and Interviews:
Student Preparation for the CMSS and CMCS
- Facilitated by The Music Settlement
Best Approaches to Incorporating Informal and Formal Music Education PracticesPresentation Synopsis
- Facilitated by Marian Wilson
- “Connecting Across the Network”
Open to All
Dinner on Own
Shoshana Bean, Kirk Whalum, & Rob Lewis
Also Bands from Network sites
At Mingelwood Hall
Open to All
Tuesday, October 29
Members Only Workshop
Open to All
Open to All
Open to All
Break-out Session with Mark Campbell
Break-out Session with Greg Holt & Cliff Weeks
“Teaching Artists in the Music Program and Classroom”
Break-out Session with Jeff Walker
Tour Stax Museum & School!
3pm departure / 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Open to All
Board Workshop Continues
Dinner on Own
Conference Attendees (At Westin Lobby)
Open to All
Wednesday, October 30
Open to All
Open to All
Dr. Carol Johnson
“State of the Network Address” by J. Curtis Warner, Jr.
Open to All
Break-out Session with James McNerny and Regina Nixon, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, “Creative Collaborations: Excellence and Access for Students”
Break-out Session with Milton Ruffin, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, “The Principal as Ally, Not Adversary: Building Rapport”
Open to All
Dinner on Own
Support This Year's Conference
This year's Berklee City Music Network Conference will inspire teachers from throughout the country to provide access to valuable and innovative music education programming for their students. Your support will help us share the Berklee City Music mission with more music educators, which will help us reach more students through free after school music education programs.
Please review the sponsorship levels and benefits for this year's conference, and contact us if you'd like to get involved:
I'll Take You There: $25,000 and above
- Two tickets to the annual City Music Scholarship Concert in Boston (August 6) including flights and one night hotel stay
- All benefits from “Pride and Joy” sponsorship level
Pride and Joy: $15,000 - $24,999
- Two tickets to the opening night conference reception, location TBD
- Logo placement on the Pulse website (reaches a captive audience of 15,000 – 20,000 users)
- All benefits from “Highway 49” sponsorship level
Highway 49: $10,000 - $14,999
- Logo inclusion in all conference emails
- All benefits from “Shake Your Moneymaker” sponsorship level
Shake Your Moneymaker: $5,000 - $9,999
- Mention in all press releases
- Advertisement in the conference program
- Logo on conference bags
- Logo on all conference signage
- All benefits from “My Lucille” sponsorship level
My Lucille: $2,500 - $4,999
- Logo on conference program
- Logo on conference website
- Logo on City Music Network Facebook page
- Opportunity for onsite visibility: Booth, display, or banner
- Opportunity to place a promotional item in conference bags
Special Event Sponsorship and In Kind Sponsorships available
- Opening Night Reception
- Key Performance
- Food and Beverage
Please contact Jean Connaughton at email@example.com or 617-747-6057 if you have any questions.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference
$275 for the three-day conference (or $125 per day) for Network members, Berklee alumni, and Memphis/Shelby educators
$350 for the three-day conference (or $175 per day) for non-members
Students at local universities and collleges enrolled in music education programs are invited to attend. Registration fee is waived.
Monday, October 28 – Wednesday,
8:00am – 5:00pm CST
The Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue
Please contact Christina Quarles if you have any questions
Please join me and the entire Berklee City Music Network as we amplify our voices to spread the word about how American popular music is educating and changing the lives of tens of thousands of youth around the country through out-of-school time opportunities in underserved communities.
Educators on the cutting edge of music pedagogy will share in an interchange of contemporary music best practices, and draw inspiration from guest artists, informed speakers and leading philanthropists at this third annual conference. We truly look forward to seeing you in Memphis this October!
Rob Lewis is a well-established American music arranger, music composer, record producer, musical director, film composer, musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In his almost 20 years in the music industry, Lewis has worked on several Grammy Award winning singles and albums, and his production, songs, and arrangements have been featured on #1 albums, gold and platinum albums, films, live productions, and television shows. His studio experience include works with some of the greatest names in the industry like Babyface, Christina Aguilera, Diddy, Rascal Flatts, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, and many more.
Prior to her role as the Chief of Staff at the Illinois Council, Libby Lai-Bun Chiu was the Senior Advisor for Learning where she managed the Arts and Foreign Language Grants program and directed the Education Leaders Institute, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an adjunct professor of two courses – Arts Education and International Arts Policy, at Goucher College; she is a consultant specializing in program evaluation.. Libby is an active member of the Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; she has served in leadership roles in nonprofit organizations in various sectors.
Dr. Johnson has a wealth of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. Prior to her appointment in Boston, Dr. Johnson was Superintendent in Memphis, TN and Minneapolis, MN, where she was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Nationally, Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, the Spencer Foundation Board, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Board, the Harvard University Urban Superintendents’ Advisory Board, and she has served on the College Board. She serves as an ex officio board member for the Boston Plan for Excellence. Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has also been awarded honorary degrees from Lemoyne Owen College and Rhodes College, both in Memphis, TN and Simmons College in Boston. She was married to history teacher Matthew Johnson (deceased), and she parents three adult children.
Sandra Bowie is the Executive Director for Arts Education at the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. “There is a beauty and artistry in the world I operate, where my passion as an advocate for transformative arts education for all students and children is to overcome stereotypes and inequities,” says Bowie. She has served on New Jersey’s Newark Roundtable and the Mayor’s Youth Development Board to bring engagement, advocacy, and program oversight to urban schools and co-founded the Takoma Theater in Washington, DC and established college internships for Howard University at The Shakespeare Theater. Above all, her love for art is expressed by her refined scholarship, a willingness to integrate innovation and tradition as a path to meaningful change and life-altering opportunity
Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Power’s adaptation of the Greek tragedy Seven Against Thebes, retitled “The Seven,” enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop and The La Jolla Playhouse. His solo show FLOW was featured in the Hip Hop Theater Festival before touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Power’s numerous awards include a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, a Jury Award for Best Theatre Performance at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, a Drama Desk Award nomination, and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network. Power’s numerous film and television appearances include The Steven Colbert Report (Comedy Central), and Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason (PBS). Presently, Power is in the process of developing new works for The Dallas Theatre Center, The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, Hartford Stage, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mr. Power spent his early years as a key member in two critically acclaimed avant-garde music groups, Midnight Voices and the Omar Sosa Sextet. With these groups Power recorded and toured extensively. More recently, Mr. Power has traveled on multiple occasions to teach Hip Hop lyricism and theatre across the globe. He has held a number of artist fellowships and guest teaching positions at institutions such as CCNY, Princeton University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Will Power was a guest of the U.S. State Department on five separate occasions, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. On these trips and others, Mr. Power taught community workshops in shantytowns, worked with poets in former regimes of the Soviet Union, and lectured at various libraries, grammar schools, and colleges. Power is currently on the faculty at The Meadows School of the Arts/SMU, and the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theatre Center.
Traci Slater-Rigaud directs the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities through a cooperative agreement with NASAA. Slater-Rigaud is the former program coordinator for arts in education with the National PTA where she managed the Reflections Program. Prior to the National PTA, she was curator of education at Miami Art Museum. Her work there included developing and managing a broad range of educational programming for school, family, and adult audiences. Slater-Rigaud's background also includes work as the public programs manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she created and managed large-scale programs for the permanent collection and special exhibitions. She has several years of experience in community-based arts education and has a sincere passion for making the arts accessible to all communities. She holds a B.S. in social science and an M.A. in art education, both from the University of Cincinnati.
Courtney Harrell There are many words in the English language, but none of them describe singer/songwriter, Courtney Harrell, more appropriately than “extraordinary”. Blessed from birth and destined to impact the world with her voice and through her songwriting, she has already received Grammy honors for lending her pen to Chris Brown for his Grammy Award-winning album, “F.A.M.E.” by contributing to the songs, “Oh, My Love” and “Say It With Me”. Currently, she is also enjoying success with songs on world renowned artists such as, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Brandy, Michelle Williams and Marcus Canty, to name a few.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, Harrell is no stranger to music excellence. She honed her crafts by attending the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and is inspired by legendary singer/songwriters Fred Hammond, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Eric Clapton, to name a few. Obviously, her diverse influences have shaped her as an artist and songwriter. However, no one has had a greater influence on her than her own parents; both pastors and both musically gifted. Apparently, the apple did not fall far from the tree.
To date, Harrell has worked with many industry greats including John Legend, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Mario, The Roots, Kelly Rowland, and producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Claude Kelly, Harmony “H Money” Samuels, Benny Benassi, Alex Da Kid, The Underdogs and more. Certainly, the list will continue to grow.
“It all starts and ends with great music. Period!” Harrell explains. She realizes that dedication, hard work and continued blessings from God are the keys to success and she is committed to achieve every goal she sets for herself. At the end of the day, there is no doubt that she will command respect in the music industry for her talent.
Tuffus Zimbabwe is a pianist and composer from the Roxbury area of the city of Boston, now residing in New York City. He currently is most recognized by his professional peers as the pianist and keyboard player in the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC.
He comes from a rich background of artists and musicians, most notably the musical genius Edmund Jenkins, a brilliant Jazz and Classical composer and performer during the early 1900s. A versatile composer and master musician in his own right, Tuffus started piano lessons at the early age of five. His father, a teacher, and his mother, a visual artist, both armed with knowledge of their rich musical heritage, made it a point to provide Tuffus with substantial musical exposure. Tuffus began by studying classical piano. At the age of 12 he explored gospel music at a local church where he started playing piano with the men’s choir.
At age 14, Tuffus joined Berklee College of Music’s City Music program, where he began his formal training in jazz. Here is where his skills and talents as a musician matured. The program offered him a laboratory to develop his compositions and a forum to perform with his peers. At eighteen, Tuffus received the prestigious Walter Beasley Award, won the songwriting competition at Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program, and was subsequently awarded a full-tuition “City Music College Scholarship” to study in Berklee’s undergraduate program (class of ‘05). Here he dual-majored in Music Business and Film Scoring while engaging in extensive studies in composition and performance.
In 2007 Tuffus continued his education, earning his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from New York University ('09). At NYU, he studied with master musicians such as Stefon Harris and Gil Goldstein to name a few. While studying with these artists contributed to Tuffus’ artistic and professional development, attending NYU opened up a new world of possibilities and allowed him another outlet for his creativity and compositions. Two of his works were selected for NYU’s State Orphans’ Film Symposium ('09) and NYU Doctor Radio. Tuffus was also honored as a recipient of the prestigious Barney Josephson Award for Excellence in Jazz.
Tuffus Zimbabwe has maintained an active practice as a music educator, teaching for two years at NYU as Jazz Studies adjunct faculty, as well as in numerous youth programs including the Boston-based Berklee City Music Program, Hamilton/Garret Music & Arts Academy, and the Piano Outreach of New York (PONY).
Tuffus’ has appeared on television, most notably, Liz Walker’s CBS morning show for which he composed the theme and performed his original composition, “African Breeze” with the Tuffus Zimbabwe Group. He has also worked with numerous bands, world-class composers and conductors such as Julius Penson Williams, and well-known record producers and artists, including the legendary Darlene Love. Tuffus has performed at venues and festivals across the United States.
Mark Campbell , Vice President for Enrollment – Berklee College of Music, has worked in education for more than twenty-five years, primarily in the field of admissions and enrollment management. His career includes executive leadership positions in colleges and universities in both the U.S. and Canada.
Mark’s prior experience includes senior enrollment roles at both the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and McKendree University where he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management. During his tenure there, McKendree grew both its undergraduate and graduate enrollment while significantly diversifying its student body.
Mark has been actively involved with the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and served as Chair of its statewide College Awareness and Preparation Committee. He was also appointed to the Illinois ACT Advisory Council.
Mark’s career includes extensive experience in the U.S., Canadian and International higher education worlds. He has spoken to national audiences on a variety of enrollment and student affairs subjects with a particular focus on diversity issues in college admissions. Mark’s areas of expertise include domestic and international student recruitment planning, staff development, diversity training for enrollment staff, technological applications for enrollment management and the development and execution of campus-wide systems for student success and retention.
A native of Toronto (but a Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins fan nonetheless), Mark is a graduate of both Mount Allison University and the University of Windsor, both in Canada.
Gina LaRoche is an organizational leadership consultant, facilitator and coach. She co-founded Seven Stones Leadership Group, which engages individuals and organizations in the most pressings questions of our time. She develops organizational leadership and works with individuals on their personal journeys. She brings respect, clarity, truth and love to all of her work. Gina leverages over 20 years of experience in delivering executive programs that have challenged leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results using vision, strategy and accountability. She is also a writer and collage artist, and the author of Living in Sufficiency: A daily journey (2009). Gina is a popular public speaker, delivering keynote addresses on “what is enough?” and what it means to be a leader during times of great change.
Gina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA from Georgetown University. She spends time serving on not-for-profit boards, currently with the Interdependence Project (IDP) in New York City, a global organization working to make meditation and mindfulness practices accessible to all people. She is married and has two sons and a dog.
Jeff Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance where he Chairs the Community Health Worker Pillar, The Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Chairman of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, UCLA Film TV and Theater School, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA, Blue School, The Tibetan Village Project, Witness.org and Ideo.org. He is President of the 15 Central Park West Board.
Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he also helped to develop and launch a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofit leaders at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the long-time Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits.
Jeff has a new book coming out in September through Random House called “The Generosity Network”.
For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.
We’re looking for dynamic presentations that inform music educators and community music school administrators about proven practices, pushing the leading edge of the profession, and motivating the pursuit of excellence. Applications are due August 1, 2013.Download PDF Application
Much of American music has its roots in Memphis, from blues and rock ‘n’ roll to gospel and country. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and B.B. King all got their start in Memphis. Our co-host and Network site partner, Stax Music Academy, continues to make musical history founded on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records.
Whether you’re visiting the historic Peabody Hotel and its famous ducks, gliding down the Mississippi River, strolling along Beale Street, or learning about the significant moments of our nation's civil and human rights struggles and victories at the National Civil Rights Museum, the city of Memphis will educate and inspire.
The Home of the Blues comes alive on this city tour aboard the nation's only music bus. All of the guides on this tour are professional musicians who play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities.
- Along the way, you will see:
- Sun Studio
- Beale Street
- Stax Studio
- The Lorraine Motel
- Cotton Row
- Peabody Hotel
- Overton Park
- Historic Central Gardens
- St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
- Early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash
- Plus a guided tour of Sun Studio, the studio that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. Take your photo at the microphone where Elvis recorded or next to Jerry Lee’s piano.
- Other tours to explore:
- Graceland shuttle; $49 (includes admission to Graceland on a Platinum Pass); 4 hours total; leaves 10 am daily
- Memphis Discovery Tour: Explore, Taste, and Shop: $34 (includes admission to Rock'N'Soul Museum); 3 hours total; 2:30 pm daily
- Historic Downtown Memphis Walking Tour: $15; 2 hours total; 10:30 am daily
- Haunted Memphis Walking Tour; $20; 2 hours total; 8 pm (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only)
- Dark Side of Memphis Walking Tour; $13; 1 hour total; 8 pm (Thursdays,Sundays, and the last Friday of every month) 6:30 pm on Saturdays