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  • 11 Oct 2023 - 12 Oct 202309:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Programme fee
AED 1100
Programme details

This intensive for educators in the UAE is designed to expand each educator’s knowledge base and vision for developing student creative capacities, soft skill development, and accelerated learning through cultural contexts in music and college to career strategies. The approach is achieved by immersing teachers in their music creative understanding to inspire students in professional purpose, providing instructors with access to contemporary popular music pedagogies and methods, and establishing site trainers with instructional tools for continued depth and growth. This intensive professional development series of workshops, observations, study, and practice culminate into an opportunity for reflection, presentations, and a community-wide performance. The workshops will focus on Classroom environment and Music teaching pedagogies, Applied Technologies and Innovations, Music Making and Performance, and Music Business and Career development.

Additionally, Berklee Abu Dhabi will conduct focus group sessions throughout the two-day intensive to allow for continued research into the current practices, resources, and needs of the UAE teaching community.

Berklee Leadership/Facilitators/Clinicians:

● Dr. Krystal Banfield: Vice President, Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship
at Berklee
● Mayssa Karaa: Artistic Director, Berklee Abu Dhabi
● Gael Hedding: Director, Berklee Abu Dhabi
● Tonya Butler: Chair of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College
of Music
● Brian Gellerstein: Assistant Professor of Music Education for the Graduate Department
of Music Education at the Berklee College of Music
● Lucas Martin: Associate Professor of Music Technology, Berklee Study Abroad at
Berklee Valencia
● Viktorija Pilatovic: Assistant Professor in Contemporary Performance , Berklee Study
Abroad at Berklee Valencia
● Misael Martinez: Assistant Vice President of Social Entrepreneurship and Creative
Youth Development at Berklee College of Music
● Sean Hagon: Associate Dean of Career Education and Services at Berklee College of


8:30 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:45 AM

● Welcome, Opening speech (Dr. Krystal Banfield)
● What is Berklee Abu Dhabi (Mayssa Karaa, Gael Hedding)
● Short Performance by Berklee Abu Dhabi students

9:45 - 10:30 AM Plenary Lecture: Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom:
Engaging in Social Cultural Contexts in All Aspects of Instruction
(Dr. Krystal Banfield)

10:30 - 10:45 AM Transit to Concurrent Session I Locations
(participants to select one of the workshops below)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Concurrent Session 1
● Workshop 1A: “Altogether Different: Student Belonging and Culturally Generative Music Making” (Brian Gellerstein)

● Workshop 2A: “You Are What You Eat: How to Teach Music Business Fundamentals to Young Musicians and Entrepreneurs”
(Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M)

● Workshop 3A: “The power of creative collaboration in music learning” (Lucas Martin)

● Workshop 4A: “Active Listening and The Jazz Approach to Analyzing and Learning Music of All Styles” (Viktorija Pilatovic)

12:15- 1:15 PM Lunch (Provided)

1:15 - 1:30 PM Transit to Concurrent Session II
(participants to select one of the workshops below)

1:30 - 3:00 PM Concurrent Session 2
● Workshop 1B: “Emergent Perspectives: Fostering Connection through Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music” (Brian Gellerstein)

● Workshop 2B: “Each One - Teach One: What Entrepreneurs and Musicians Can Learn from Each Other?” (Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M)

● Workshop 3B: “Making Technology Accessible to All” (LucasMartin)

● Workshop 4B: “Brainstorming and Creativity for Music Making” (Viktorija Pilatovic)

3:00 - 3:15 PM Coffee/tea Break

3:15 - 4:15 PM Focus Group Discussion: “Connections and Contexts Framed in Creative Youth Development” (Misael Martiniez)

4:15 - 5:00 PM Virtual Discussion with Sean Hagon, Associate Dean of Career Education and Services at Berklee College of Music

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