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BERKLEE INSTITUTE

FOR ARTS EDUCATION AND SPECIAL NEEDS

Providing arts education for students with a wide range of exceptionalities and training the next generation of arts educators. 

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Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston, MA

Part of the Berklee College of Music, the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is a catalyst for the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all aspects of performing and visual arts education.  Members of the faculty and teaching staff at the BIAESN teach arts education lessons and classes to people with a wide range of exceptionalities, train the next generation of educators, and help working professionals to develop their skills.

Since January 2019, Marlene Markard has been a member of the teaching staff at the BIAESN, where she teaches general music classes and private piano lessons to students with exceptionalities.   In 2020, she brokered a partnership between the BIAESN and the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP), where Marlene serves as the Director of the Beethoven Ensemble.  The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs Private Music Classes Program at JQOP piloted in the Spring of 2020 and offers private, tuition-free piano lessons to students in the Beethoven Ensemble, an ensemble comprised entirely of students with exceptionalities.  For the 2020-21 school year, Marlene is also honored to serve as a Post-Graduate Fellow at the BIAESN.

TEACHER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Marlene is one of the best teachers I know.  Teacher extraordinaire! - Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D., Managing Director, The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs