BGJI: Learning and Growing Through New Experiences

Berklee Global Jazz InstituteThe Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.


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Witness Matlou

My musical journey has been full of surprises, and a lot of them being meeting great people who’ve helped open doors for me. Especially to higher levels of learning. Looking back where I came from, it looked highly impossible, that a kid who grew up in the townships of Tembisa (Johannesburg- South Africa). Would end up here at Berklee College of Music. Among some of the best your musicians from around the world. Also a college with some of the best teachers in the world.

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Lets Fight Procrastination!

Karenly NievesKárenly Nieves is a singer, writer and food and lifestyle blogger. She is currently, in her third semester, she is focusing on achieving a dual major in Music Business & Management and Music Therapy.

As I started building my Berklee Music Network Portfolio last night, I couldn’t help but notice how many things I’ve been able to experience since I moved to Boston a year and half ago. Berklee has many students who are in constant movement: singing, recording, arranging and just pretty much everywhere all the time and so other students, including me, tend to perceive that they’re not doing enough sometimes. Continue reading

The Land of Berklee in Valencia

Carmen WoodruffCarmen Woodruff is a Contemporary Vocal Performance graduate student at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Originally from the Detroit Metropolitan area, Carmen attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. After working for 10 years in the marketing field and some serious soul-searching, she went back to school to complete a second degree in Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is now living her dream at Berklee College of Music in Valencia and encourages others to do the same. It’s never too late! Follow Carmen’s musical journey on Facebook or Reverbnation.

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” – E.Y. Harburg and Harold Allen

These are the sentiments I reflect on daily as I walk to class, scurry to the state-of-the-art studios, or anticipate show time, which happens more often than not. This is a dream I’m living. It just started and I don’t want to wake up! I’m not alone in this. Ask any Berklee student here in Valencia and they will sing “la misma canción” (the same song).BerkleeOutdoorClass

We’ve not only been welcomed with open arms by world-renowned faculty and administration; we’ve been dually embraced by the local community. Most of us do not speak Spanish fluently, but the business owners, cab drivers and poor souls we stumble upon as we’re seeking directions or ordering from a menu, politely play “Charades” in “Spanglish” with us. And then there are those of us who have smartened up and recruited a Spanish-speaking colleague to join us as we venture out in our new environment.

I haven’t been immersed in this much magic since working in public relations at Walt Disney World Resort years ago. In the Palau de les Arts, they present fireworks almost nightly, which competitively places Berklee’s Valencia campus neck-to-neck with Mickey’s Magic Kingdom. One may even desire to squeeze into a kayak with a friend, just for fun on a sunny day or wriggle into a human-sized rotating plastic bubble to navigate the crystal-blue waters.


Here, you’re never alone or lost. The Student Affairs team led by Clara Barbera, addresses our questions or concerns, especially as they pertain to our personal lives: doctor’s appointments, physical fitness, diversity initiatives, etc. The International Career Center staff led by Maxwell Moya Wright and Stine Glismand provides enlightening workshops, which keep us aligned with our future plans.

All doors are open throughout the day, even the door of our Academic Dean, Brian Cole. Professor Stephen Webber and his Music Technology Innovation (MTI) team work with us early on to make sure we infuse technology into our work. Gael Hedding and Carlos Ballester tirelessly make sure to amplify our best sounds and artistic visions onstage. The front desk team graciously greets us as a concierge service of sorts, answering questions, collecting our packages and referring us to the best take out restaurants in town as we work into the wee hours of the morning.

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Berklee’s Valencia campus is a place like no other with a distinct culture of diligence and devotion where character and integrity take center stage. Some of the most beautiful spirits from around the globe reside and flourish here. The genuine kindness we’ve all received from colleagues and staff alike is truly comforting. We help each other as we anchor our way through our ever-changing, fast-paced surroundings.

Berklee’s campus in Valencia is a land for all of us dreamers to congregate and conspire but only in the best way. We are experimental. We are adventurers. We are trailblazers. We are Berklee. Berklee at Valencia Open 500 ATP

Thank you for opening up your homes. Thank you for visiting mine. Thank you for sharing your customs and viewpoints. Thank you for coercing me onto the stage at an impromptu jam session. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy harmony class outside during Valencia Day. Thank you for pushing me onto the Valenbisi bike that one night we all rode to el barrio Carmen. Thank you for listening to my dream job description and replying with “You can do it! The sky is the limit here.”

And to think, we’ve only just begun… Looking forward to sharing more of our exciting journey as the year continues to unfold.

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Opções de moradia em Boston

Vinicius Sa
Vinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is
a Brazilian guitarist and composer who is majoring in Film Scoring.
Vinicius works as the Online International Ambassador for Portuguese
language since January, 2014.
No meu primeiro ano, fiquei no dormitório da Berklee, o prédio 270 na Commonwealth Avenue.
Foi uma experiência muito boa e a localização do prédio é maravilhosa. Logo de cara, ao sair do
prédio, nos deparamos com a bela praça da Commonwealth, que nos leva até o Boston
Commons. Apenas há uns dois quarteirões de distância da Berklee, uma caminhada tranquila e
o visual dispensa comentários.

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LAMBA rumbo a los Latin Grammy

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a fifth semester student at Berklee, majoring in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production and his principle instrument is violin. 

Stefano Melillo Meléndez, de Caracas Venezuela, en su quinto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín

La organización estudiantil LAMBA (Latin American Music Business Association) viaja a Las Vegas para vivir de cerca la celebración más grande de música latina.

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