A world class pan-African music school is being built in Liberville, the capital city of Gabon.
It will be called the African Music Institute (AMI) and it was established as an initiative of the country’s government.
The African Music Institute (AMI) is a part of the international network of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA.
Berklee College of Music has a reputation for being one of the most prestigious private music schools in the world. It has more than 270 Grammies awarded to its alumni.
The music school will have a state-of-the-art campus expected to cover six hectares in the heart of Libreville. It is also expected to offer cutting-edge facilities and equipment inclusive of; recording studios, television studios, and performance halls.
AMI has an expected enrollment capacity of at least 140 students each year. Eighty percent of those will be for bachelor’s degrees, while 20% will be for master’s degrees in music and related disciplines.
AMI aims to attract students from all over the continent and will offer its programmes in both English and French. It will open its doors in September 2017. Registrations for the music school will begin in January next year.
The range of subjects for students is also quite wide, including; songwriting, film scoring, music production and engineering, electronic production design, performance and dance. In 2018 the institute will also introduce short courses, notably a 7-week overseas study programme and a 5-week course in music performance.
As AMI’s launch draws close, Berklee College of Music in partnership with AMI and the Gabonese government will offer a free workshop focusing on contemporary music performance from 26 to 30 September 2016.
The workshop which will take place in Liberville is open to musicians from all over Africa, across all musical genres. The organisers are looking for 180 students to be a part of the workshop which will be conducted in both English and French by trained experts from Berklee.
To take part in the workshop, students must be aged between 18 and 30 years old and must have been playing an instrument or singing for a minimum of six months. To apply, one simply has to complete and submit the online application form. The deadline for applications is Saturday 10 September 2016.
Participants will receive free accommodation and food during the workshops but will have to cover their own travel expenses. Participants will receive certificates upon completing the training.
Applicants are strongly advised to submit supporting material demonstrating their musical experience and abilities. The preferred format is links to audio or video samples that show one’s musical abilities.