by Robin Turici
Berklee College of Music in Boston only accepts 30% of their interested applicants each year. “We seek students who show high potential; who are creative, collaborative, and open to new ideas; who are problem solvers and entrepreneurs; who have something extra that sets them apart,” explains the Board of Admissions.
One of Lincoln Park’s very own, Levi Keller of Pittsburgh, joined the mere 1,000 students at Berklee this fall. Now a proud freshmen, he is working hard towards his dream; “…to be a recording artist and tour around the world performing.”
Though these are high aspirations for such a young man, Levi is already pushing to the front of the pack. As stated by the college, “All students are required to complete a core music curriculum. Based on a written theory placement exam… you will be placed in appropriate levels of the required courses. You can declare a major once you have attained your second semester standing at Berklee.”
“‘The instruction in music [at Lincoln Park] prepared me for college, and my knowledge helped me test out of many of the required classes here at Berklee,” Levi says eagerly. “Now I can fill my schedule up with classes that are specific to my major.”
Berklee is known as one of the most prestigious higher level education institutes that our country offers, yet Levi has already placed himself above a few of their courses. A feat that impressive was not easily attained, and he advises LP students, “work hard and do your personal best at everything.”
With an enthralling new college agenda , you wouldn’t expect him to reminisce over his four years at LP, but Levi admits to me, “I miss the teachers.”
To hear some of Levi’s originals, check out his myspace page, www.myspace.com/levikellermusic
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