Library Events

Diversity in Show Business

Diversity in Show Business: Acting Beyond Stereotypes April 5th 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm 150 Mass Ave, Media Center   Successful monolgue preparation for actors of all types This two-hour workshop offers practical tools for preparing audition monologues for actors. Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students are encouraged to attend. Pre-selected students will prepare and present a memorized two to three minute contemporary dramatic or comedic monologue. Participants will receive feedback from Associate Professor Ana Guigui and Assistant Professor Rene Pfister regarding the audition process, and how to select the best monologue. Our guest moderator Susan Nelson is the Executive Director of the New England Local of SAG-AFTRA, and will be joined by local professional performers to discuss the topic of actors playing into a stereotype or acting against it. Ms. Nelson will moderate an open conversation and Q&A with our actors, panelists, and audience members about various aspects of diversity in show business. Please come and join the conversation!  Diversity/ Monolgue library resource guide. This event is co-sponsored by the Stan Getz Library and Berklee Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Licensing and Taxation for Self-Employed Musicians
Does the thought of setting up your own business as a self-employed musician make you break out in a sweat, especially around tax time? Come learn the ins and outs with Todd Gardner, Berklee faculty member in the Music Business/Management Department. He will discuss the following: Going into business in California and other U.S. states Choosing the proper entity and the steps in forming a sole proprietorship (SP), general partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation, with particular attention paid to SP and LLC Filing for a business license in various cities and c...
The Roots of Reggaeton
From its roots in Jamaican and Panamanian reggae to the genre's transformation in Puerto Rico's hip-hop scene and circulation across Latin America and the wider world, Wayne Marshall (Liberal Arts) will discuss the history of reggaeton. Connecting musical aesthetics to intense debates about race, nation, and gender, Marshall will demonstrate how the shapes and forms of reggaeton have changed over the years, highlighting the ways that Spanish-language rap over Afro-Caribbean rhythms have underpinned a remarkable cultural and economic youth movement.  Wayne Marshall's research...
Under the Hood: Vocal Mechanics with Clare McLeod
Your sound is the result of a dynamic process in which several parts of your body interact.  In this session, you'll develop your understanding of the structures that make up the quality of your voice and strengthen your versatility.  This is a session for any voice user (you) who wants the low down on achieving consistent results.  You'll target specific strategies for extending range, and take the fear and guesswork out of singing.  Operating from a thorough understanding of how the voice works, Clare will help you deepen your connection to your instrument, your material...
Can't Stop the Music: The Amazing Journey of Musicians with Disabilities with Peggy Codding
Join us for an inspiring introduction to known and unknown musicians who were able to succeed despite, and in some cases because of, their disabilities. Peggy Codding is a certified music therapist and music educator who specializes in special education populations, including the visually impaired. The former director of music therapy program at Ohio University, Peggy has extensive clinical, course & workshop development, and presentations, research & publication experience.  She has served on various committees and task forces for the National Association for Music T...
Finding Fela
"Finding Fela" tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. Join us for the screening of this IndieWire best documentary of 2014 and Sundance Film Festival Pick, followed by a discussion with Afrobeat specialist Uchenna Ikonne. Ikonne is a wri...
Social Entrepreneurship with George Howard
Ever wondered if you could gauge the success of your career or business, not on profit and return, but based on a positive return to society? Do you have big dreams of carving a niche in the music industry for a model built on pursuing innovative solutions to social problems? You might be a social entrepreneur! Come learn more about what that means and how to leverage the tools of entrepreneurship for a better world with music business faculty George Howard. George Howard is an Associate Professor of Management at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches courses i...
Insights in Sound with Dr. David Baker
Join us as special guest Dr. David Baker of the University of London shares about the longstanding traditions of blind musicianship across the world and the life experiences of today's visually-impaired musicians. Following Dr. Baker’s presentation, Berklee faculty member Chi Kim, will briefly describe the Assistive Music Technology Program for Visually Impaired Students at Berklee College of Music. David Baker has a bachelors from University College, Cardiff and Master of Music and Doctoral degrees from Reading University. David is a trumpeter and Associate of the Royal College of Mus...
Hearing Ourselves: Cultural Media Literacy
Appropriate or appropriation? Exchange or exaction? Come connect the dots between music lyrics & video and the cultural content & messaging it sends. From pop tunes to the scoring of westerns, war films and movies that feature indigenous peoples, from Disney to Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner, join us as we dive into the subtext of one of our most powerful forms of communication.  Ukumbwa Sauti has been teaching Cultural Media Studies and Video Production for 14 years.  His educational focus, research and activism has centered around the social implications of televisual,...
The Secrets of Self-Promotion
Join Berklee Contemporary Writing and Production faculty Chrissy Tignor Fisher and music industry professional Tom Fisher for a presentation about self-promotion in the current international music industry.   Come learn how to best present yourself to potential employers with tips and tricks to make yourself an undeniable asset with your talents! Vocalist Chrissy Tignor-Fisher is a producer, songwriter, and recording engineer with a super-synthy pop style fused with EDM and hip-hop influences. She got her start in 2004, studying music production and technology at the Hartt Scho...
Improvisation. Covers. Killer hooks.  Come sing, play and experience them through the lense of early music performer, improviser, arranger and collaborator Cristi Catt! Singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and composers are invited to this workshop that explores the hauntingly beautiful Galician Portuguese cantigas de amigo, part of a dialogue between oral and written music that is still present in folk tradition, fado and composed music. The tunes lend themselves to individual interpretation and improvisation that can be a source of inspiration for new compositions. Cristi will shar...

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