Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

PW-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-161 or CW-191
Department Code: CWP

A hands-on introduction to multimedia and a survey of available applications. Students will complete assignments in the integration of original music, voice-overs, and sound effects with supplied graphics and video examples. Examination of software applications in desktop synchronization for A/V, editing, and multimedia authoring. Study of media formats, storage, and archiving and retrieval techniques; the musician's role in collaborative multimedia projects; managing large volumes of data and compression strategies; and considerations of interactive aesthetics, consumer technologies, and industrial technologies.

PW-365

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Clinton
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: FILM majors
Electable by: CWPR, FILM, and ELPD majors
Prerequisites: CW-311 and CW-361 (CWPR majors); FS-340 and FS-341 (FILM majors); EP-321 (ELPD majors)
Department Code: FILM

In parallel with a student's development as a modern composer, arranger, and orchestrator, this course will develop his/her skills in emulating a live orchestra through effective use of software technologies. These skill areas include performance techniques (tracking), editing, automation (real-time and edited), mixing, production, and the creation of work templates.

PW-461

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Joe Mulholland
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: SW-345
Department Code: HARM

The course allows students to study the screenplays and songwriting of a variety of film musicals from the beginning of the genre to the present. In addition to focusing on the writing of the musical film, the manner in which song assists in telling the story will be of particular interest. Working in groups, screenwriting students from Emerson will complete an outline and first act of an original screenplay, and composer/lyricist students from Berklee will write the songs that will help tell that story. The semester will culminate in a staged reading—with music—performed by acting/musical theater students from both Berklee and Emerson.

PW-468

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kari Juusela
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: WTDV

A course to be offered only when a resident artist joins the Professional Writing Division. Details including seminar title, resident artist instructor, class schedule, and enrollment approval procedures will be posted by the Professional Writing Division during the appropriate registration and check-in period.

PW-P121

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CWP

Designed primarily for novice users of both notation software and music notation itself, but useful for all, this is a project based, hands-on, workshop type course designed to teach students immediately useful and practical applications of music software (primarily Finale) while bypassing unnecessary and complicated extra features. The curriculum and in-class activity format will have a particular emphasis on the development of skills and techniques which are immediately useful and applicable in helping students complete their assigned work in Berklee music writing courses, particularly those generally encountered by first and second year students. First-years in particular are encouraged to take the course so that they can benefit from acquiring extremely useful skills early in their Berklee career; skills which will then help them have greater success, and less frustration with notation right from the start. Additionally the curriculum of this course is designed to help students learn about the fundamentals of music through the use of notation software. This aspect will support and reinforce the curricula of harmony, theory, composition, and CWP courses in particular.

PW-P240

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-212 and AR-112
Department Code: JCMP

This course is about the study and application of compositional techniques of Bob Brookmeyer as demonstrated through his compositions, improvisations, and teaching methods. Students will study musical examples of Brookmeyer and other composers who have utilized his techniques. The techniques will be put into use as weekly assignments and two projects. These composition methods include melody writing, form, unconventional and organic formation of harmony, rhythmic development, and voice-leading. The application of the techniques is not specific to any single musical genre; rather, they are meant to help the composer achieve an original and organic sound.

PW-P321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CW-191, EP-225, FS-361, MP-110, MP-113, or SW-151
Department Code: CWP

This course teaches students how to write and produce music using an iPad through interactive and hands-on activities and projects. They learn the tools, setups, techniques, and software required to write, produce, and mix music using the iPad. Students master the ultimate portable production studio from from synthesis and sound design to electronic distribution and sharing. Key topics include sequencing using native DAWs and software synthesizers, multitrack recording acoustic instruments, and mixing/mastering on the iPad. In addition they will learn how to distribute their tracks and collaborate through the cloud.

RPBR-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-211
Department Code: BRASS

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPBR-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-211, RPBR-211 and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-212
Department Code: BRASS

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPBR-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-212 and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIBR-311
Department Code: BRASS

Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.

RPBR-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIBR-311, RPBR-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-312
Department Code: BRASS

Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.

RPBR-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-312, RPBR-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-411
Department Code: BRASS

Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.

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