Post by Jason Camelio, director of international programs.
Ronan Guilfoyle is a force in the world of music. In addition to being a world-class bassist, composer and educator, he is the founder and artistic director of the Newpark Music Centre just outside of Dublin. His deep passion for music and music education, intense studiousness and brilliant wit have taken Newpark from its start in 1979 to its current status as a top institution for contemporary music education. Continue reading →
Berklee Blogs checks in with Camilo Puche, a Music Business major and fall intern, finishing up his internship with Conductor’s Cooperative Management, a management company providing worldwide representation and management for classical music conductors. In his final blog, Camilo tells us how interns can create a good impression by ending their internships properly…
As the internship experience comes to an end, it is a very good idea to leave things in the best terms possible with your supervisors and coworkers. Regardless of being offered a job or not, having had problems with coworkers or not, or any other good or bad experiences you may have had in the workspace, you should always try to leave behind the best impression of yourself.
It is important that you try to finish your assignments or projects before the internship is over, however, if for some reason beyond your control you are not able to finish them, you should inform our supervisors so that the job gets done.
This may require a great deal of effort and self-effacement on your part, but it is important that as you begin your career one builds a reputation of being responsible and hard working up until the last day you are on the job. Continue reading →
Berklee Blogs checks in with Camilo Puche, a Music Business major and fall intern, midway through his internship with Conductor’s Cooperative Management, a management company providing worldwide representation and management for classical music conductors. In today’s blog, Camilo tells us how interns should approach mistakes as an opportunity to improve themselves…
One of the most important advantages of being an intern is the fact that interns are “allowed” to make mistakes and will most likely not get fired. I say this not with the intention of justifying laziness or incompetence. On the contrary, I say it because it gives the intern a chance to be proactive and try different ways to perform the job. If things don’t turn out the way we want them to or if there are unexpected results, interns will always get a second chance.
In order to get something out of those mistakes, we have to be self-critical and very analytical. When the day is over and we go home it may be helpful to think about the things that we could do better. How can I make better use of my time? Did I do everything in my power to accomplish today’s task? Did I respond to my boss’ and my own expectations today? Some of these may be questions that we ask ourselves in order to learn from the experience at hand.
A very valuable lesson that I take out of my internship is that I need to learn how to make better use of my time in the office. When I started, I would wait until I got to the office to start preparing the things that I had to do, which led to me spending lots of time preparing as opposed to working. Through this auto-critical process I realized that if I spend fifteen or twenty minutes at the end of the day making a list and organizing my schedule for the next day, my time at the office would be much more efficient. Continue reading →
Berklee Blogs checks in with Camilo Puche, a Music Business major and fall intern, midway through his internship with Conductor’s Cooperative Management, a management company providing worldwide representation and management for classical music conductors. In today’s blog, Camilo discusses overcoming the uncertainty that can accompany a new intern…
Young professionals always feel overwhelmed the first few days in a job. We are unsure whether what we learned in school will translate easily to the tasks that we have to perform in the workplace and many times we sit there wondering what we do next. An internship is a great opportunity to face this initial fear of being out of school and slowly and progressively find ways to apply the knowledge that we acquired in the past few years.
There are many times when we sit in a class wondering: How am I ever going to apply this to my job? The truth is that every class serves its purpose; we just have to look for it. We may not ever use what we learned in a History of Western Music class in our jobs, but it is a great guide to understanding how we got to be where we are now. We may not be interested in working at the financial department of a record label, but the finance and statistics class teach us how to be resourceful and find a way to overcome a difficulty to accomplish our purpose. Continue reading →
This blog post was authored by Joanne Dill, Project Manager in the Berklee City Music office.
A long line forms to meet Ms. Patrice Rushen, after her ACI seminar with Berklee’s first-year students. She is generous with her time, giving each student personal advice. When she sits with us to talk about Berklee City Music, she’s shocked that BCM is already celebrating its 20th year.
In Patrice’s words, “BCM is a program that supports the idea that you need to want to be excellent. “ She has exemplified this idea in a big way as a successful musical director, composer, and performer.
Patrice speaks in depth about BCM, its important role in music education, and how contemporary music is key to reaching youth. “We must understand what they like and how it relates to them. When you have their interest, they can make connections to other things.”
The Berklee City Music Network Conference in Memphis, “American Popular Music: The Untold Story “ will focus on precisely those issues, with expert speakers in the field of music education. Educators and administrators will explore themes on providing access to a quality and diverse music education for students in underserved communities across the country.
As our program grows, Berklee City Music aims to provide more opportunity for young students who will grow musically and beyond.
“If you are doing what you are meant to do, you have the opportunity to matter.”