Berklee in São Paulo

November 14 to 17, 2013

Conservatorio Souza Lima

Rua Jose Maria Lisboa, 745
Sao Paulo, SP-CEP 01423-001

What is the program like?
What are the stylistic considerations of improvisation? Who does it? How do we learn it? How does it relate to the composer's craft? Why should all instrumentalists—drummers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, wind players, string players, and vocalists—learn this art?

These questions will be our guide as Berklee College of Music presents this innovative program on improvisation at our Berklee International Network partner, Conservatorio Souza Lima in São Paulo, Brazil.
 The workshop is for all musicians—from classical to pop, and rock to jazz—who are interested in learning the art of improvisation from the blues and jazz traditions.

The Art of Improvisation will present classes in lecture and master class formats, enabling students to learn about improvisational techniques and practice them in the master class, both in performance and composition.

Who are the instructors?
The program will be taught by Berklee and Souza Lima faculty members who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.
 They include:

Joey Blake, Berklee associate professor of voice
Laszlo Gardony, Berklee professor of piano
Michael Farquharson, Berklee professor of contemporary writing and production
Rodrigo Ursaia, Conservatorio Souza Lima professor
Bob Wyatt, Conservatorio Souza Lima professor

Tell me about the program.

Classes generally will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and concerts will take place in the late afternoon and evening.

Subject include:

  • Chord Scales and Voicing—How the improviser and composer uses chord scales to create melody over chords, harmony, and chord voicings.

  • Style—The elements of a wide variety of blues and jazz styles of improvisation will be discussed. Insights into practicing improvisation will be presented.

Master Classes—Students will discuss and put into practice the skills and techniques discussed in the morning classes. The master class will offer everyone the chance to gain improvisation skills using materials provided in class or their own songs. Students will work in a helpful, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.

Special Lectures—Presentations on various musical and educational topics of interest.

Evening Jams—A place where you can play your music for and with each other.

Where will I sleep?
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements. Below is a list of options that you might want to consider for your stay in Sao Paulo.

• Hotel Formule 1
Avenida Nove de Julho, 3597 - Jardim Paulista
São Paulo, 01407-000

Tel - (0xx)11 3886-4600

Tulip Inn Interative Flat
Rua José Maria Lisboa, 555 - Jardim Paulista
São Paulo, 01423-000

Tel - (0xx)11 2627-3200

Is it for me? Am I eligible?

The minimum age to attend is 15 years old. We recommend that you have been playing your instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend the program.

Do I need a visa to register for this program?
If you are traveling to Brazil to attend Berklee in São Paulo, then you will need a visa. Conservatorio Souza Lima will assist you with the necessary invitation to apply for a visa to attend this short program. We strongly recomment that you contact the Brazillian consulate or embassy in your country to review the process for applying for a visa as soon as possible (no later than one month before the program).

How much does the program cost? How much are the tuition and fees?

Tuition: $300.00 USD

Payment for accepted applicants

Bills will be emailed within two weeks after the completion of your application. You will be provided an acceptance letter and tuition statement with instructions for submitting your tuition payment to Conservatorio Souza Lima.

Questions regarding your tuition payment may be sent to Souza Lima by email.

When and how do I apply?