A proud initiative by the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA)

Iluminar Productions is proud to have been involved in the coordination of the first two Berklee initiatives in Stellenbosch (2019, 2017). We look forward to being a part of the third Berklee initiative in 2020. By the sounds of it, it promises to be even more spectacular than the last time.  News to be posted in 2020.


Feedback 2019

This event was lovely! We are so proud to be a part of this incredible initiative. It is hard work, but absolutely rewarding. There is so much talent in our country, and there are so many wonderful people who do amazing work in their communities. Thanks to all who try to make a difference through music. It is inspiring and it proves that music builds bridges – between people and worlds  – by being a stepping stone to new possibilities! Make sure you follow Cape Town Music Academy so you can be in time for the next Berklee City Music Outreach Programme in 2020. Thank you to Denise Barnes who worked with Iluminar in the coordination of the event.


Information : What people could expect, 2019

True to Berklee City Music’s holistic approach, the “Learning to Live Music,” is designed to expand each participant’s knowledge base and vision for use of their authentic voice through music cultural infusion, improvisation, study in music literacy and technology, as well as performance and career applications in music.

Berklee City Music fully immerses students in their music making to inspire the student voice/self-identity with professional purpose through an exploration of music’s social cultural context, and with observations, study and practice in jazz, this culminates into an opportunity for reflection and a community wide performance.

Mentor participants will be engaged in strategies to bolster their own teaching programs, personal development as a musician and tutor, and skills in working with youths. The series will award Mentors with access to contemporary popular music pedagogies and methods, and establishing site trainers for sustained instruction using PULSE Music Method (Berklee’s online music archive and curriculum (https://pulse.berklee.edu/)  as an instructional tool for continued depth and growth as teachers.

For school learners and their teachers, a one-day workshop will be held on Saturday 15 June.

For students in jazz, professional musicians, lecturers, teachers and mentors, a four-day workshop will be held Monday 17- Thursday 20 June.

Evening activities include a voluntary jam session and music documentary screening and the series will conclude with a public concert at the Conserve on the final (Thursday) evening.

Who are the tutors?

The multi Grammy winning musician and producer, Prof Prince Charles Alexander will again be coming to inspire participants with his electives on music production and Berklee Vice President and head of City Music, Krystal Banfield, will again give instruction in PULSE (https://pulse.berklee.edu/). Prof Ron Mahdi (bass) and Chris Rivelli (drums) return to lead and instruct ensembles together with newcomers Leo Blanco (piano) and vocalist and Hip-Hop producer, Danielle Scott.

Additional contributing tutors will be Skyped in including award winning music film maker Michael Shore, well known musicians Fraser Boy and Al Kapone. Shore’s winning film Take me to the River  http://takemetotheriver.org/, which follows jazz from New Orleans into current Hip Hop, will also be screened.

Read more about Berklee City Music here: https://www.berklee.edu/city-music

How to get involved…

If you are interested in participating in the series, please email:
Vicky Davis, CTMA Programme Manager
email: vickydav@gmail.com
WhatsApp: 0825697347

Course runs full days. Daily lunches will be provided as well as dinner on Thursday night before the concert. The course is free of charge. A R100 registration fee is required. PLACES ARE LIMITED. Once we receive your details and registration fee your place is booked! For any inquiries, feel free to contact Iluminar Productions via our contact page.