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Joey Guglielmo in Kenya, pt. 2

Another dispatch from the music business major, who was part of the Berklee team that traveled to Kenya to audition potential students and connect with music educators. Read his first post.

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Workshops at Brookhouse in Nairobi, and concert performance

After the Independence Day party at the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya’s residence, we headed back to the Brookhouse School where professors Ron Reid and Dan Moretti gave clinics for Brookhouse students, musicians who had auditioned earlier in the week, and local musicians.

Here, Reid works with an ensemble – and gets the entire class to participate – on the first part of a song he just taught them.  The song, “Ogu Aye,” is a traditional Yoruba chant.

In Moretti’s workshop, “Understanding and Communicating Styles for all Musicians,” he demonstrated some basic scat techniques he developed that are used to sing drum and bass grooves. The techniques help players better communicate their groove ideas in rehearsal and performance situations.

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A student visits Kenya

Student Joey Guglielmo, a music business major and guitarist, accompanied Berklee’s admissions team to Kenya this month. But he wasn’t just along for the ride—he’s a representative of his family’s foundation March to the Top, which supports education, conservation, and health care in Africa. He shares his impressions:

Day 1: Brookhouse School

Today we spoke about the different teaching methods and introductions to certain courses which are offered at Berklee and we asked what the faculty from the other schools were looking to get from the meeting. They spoke about the shortage of technology and how it limits their students.

Berklee faculty member Ron Reid

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Discovering new Africa Scholars

People who read BoT’s South by Southwest coverage might think that the college’s writers travel far and wide to cover events. Alas, not the case. Hence this blog—we want to follow along too. I’m especially envious this week: faculty and staff are going to Kenya to give clinics and audition potential Africa Scholars.

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