Dean Shelton Berg taking UM music school higher up the scale through chain music experience and integration of disciplines
Jazz pianist and longtime educator Shelton Berg never thought he would leave Los Angeles. He changed his tune a few years ago, when he got a call from the University of Miami.
Since 2007, he's served as dean of the Frost School of Music, what he calls "the broadest music school in the country." The university's music college was the first in the US to offer a music business program, the first to set up a music engineering technology department, and the first to launch student-run record and publishing companies.
It's set now to launch this fall "a new undergraduate music curriculum that will set the model for the rest of the country," Dean Berg says. The curriculum centers on hands-on study and emphasizes entrepreneurship and technology. And to go with the new program, plans are in the works for a new facility.
"Because we are endeavoring to have a ground-making music curriculum, we are sort of building the building in which that can happen," Mr. Berg says. He sang the school's praises and shared his vision for the future with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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