Courses

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

Woodwind Doubling Lab – Clarinet

ILWD-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

The study of the clarinet as a doubling instrument for the woodwind principal. Fundamentals of embouchure, breathing, and technique are presented using representative methods, études, and solos. Emphasis is placed on doubling situations.

Woodwind Doubling Lab – Saxophone and Theater Doubling

ILWD-323

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

Preparation for a career as a theater and pit musician, including Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Hollywood, cruise ships, and film. Study of all woodwind instruments and techniques with concentration on tone quality, intonation, and facility. Instruments include: clarinets (piccolo, soprano, bass and contra-alto); saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone); flute/piccolo; and oboe, English horn, and bassoon. Discussions will include instrument setup and arrangement, reeds, and performance problems, and other related topics such as resumes, musician contracts, and percentages for doubles.

Woodwind Doubling Lab – MIDI Wind Controller

ILWD-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department: WWND

The study of the MIDI wind controller as a doubling instrument. Fundamentals of technique are presented with representative literature and MIDI sequences using various kinds of synthesized voices. Students must own a MIDI wind controller.

Flute Repertoire Class: Baroque through Contemporary

ILWD-341

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

A study of the core works essential for any professional flutist's repertoire. Through an interactive master class setting, students will learn performance practices in a wide range of styles, including baroque, classical, and 19th-century; explorations of extended and experimental techniques found in 20th- and 21st-century compositions for the flute; and selections from flute music from around the world. Students will work with their own accompanists, including piano, guitar, and harp, and perform frequently, including in an end-of-semester in-class or public concert.

Brazilian and Latin Flute Lab

ILWD-345

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

Study of characteristic rhythms, articulation, phrasing, and improvisation techniques necessary to perform and interpret music in various Latin styles. Creative and effective use of these skills in the student's own improvisational style.

Advanced Woodwind Sight-Reading Lab

ILWD-355

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-113 and ensemble rating 4 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: WWND

A course for advanced woodwind students wishing to improve their sight-reading skills. Reading exercises will cover a wide range of styles including swing, bebop, funk, Latin, odd-meter jazz, and various studio styles. The course will draw heavily from the required text Creative Reading Studies by Joseph Viola. Other materials to be used include selected études, transcribed solos, and exercises designed by the instructor(s). The course will focus primarily on line reading, although exercises that target chord-change reading may also be included.

Saxophone Section Playing

ILWD-365

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department: WWND

Aspects and techniques of playing in a saxophone section within the big band context: lead playing, blending with the lead and with the brass section, and section soli playing.

Phrasing and Interpretation in the Classical Style

ILWD-P342

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written permission of the course instructor
Department: WWND

The art of phrasing is becoming a lost skill. What makes a good musical phrase? What makes musical interpretation convincing? With the advent of computer-generated files such as Finale, the ability to understand and notate the language of music is diminishing with each generation. Although it is classically based, the ability to translate notated music into a breathing phrase transcends style; interpretation is a critical element of good musicianship. In this class, students will learn the classical definition of phrasing, and use musical études to improve the execution of musical sentences. They will improve their understanding of scores and interpretation through the study and performance of written music.

Internship Certificate

IN-103

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carolyn Tidwell
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: 3rd semester standing (student must have completed at two semesters at Berklee before eligible to enroll in course)
Department: EXPL

A minimum of 50 hours of monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a field related to student's course of study. Internships may take place in the geographic location of a student's choice, but enrollment is limited to situations approved by the Office of Experiential Learning. To apply for an internship, please see the Office of Experiential Learning at least one semester prior to planned internship experience. Students will be required to attend a one-hour preparation seminar before applying for internships or enrolling in the course. Upon submission of course requirements and satisfactory supervisor evaluation, the student will receive a certificate of completion from the college and a passing grade in the course. Note: Credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college.

 

*Please note that this course awards 1 certificate credit(s), which may NOT be applied toward any graduation requirements. If you have any questions, please visit Experiential Learning

Los Angeles Internship Program: 2 Credit

IN-492

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carolyn Tidwell
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: 5th semester standing, satisfactory completion of 50 credits by the start of the internship, minimum of 3.00 CCumGPA (concentrate GPA) and 2.50 CumGPA (overall GPA), and permission of Office of Experiential Learning
Department: EXPL

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a field related to student's course of study. All internships take place in the Los Angeles area. The L.A. Internship Program involves a substantial workload commitment, comparable to full-time study. Students are required to intern for 140 hours over the duration of the semester in which they are enrolled in the Los Angeles Internship Program. Housing for interns is secured by the college. For more information and to apply for the L.A. Internship Program, see the Office of Experiential Learning to obtain materials. Enrollment is limited to students who apply and are accepted for the Los Angeles Internship Program. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

New York Internship: 2 Credit

IN-493

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carolyn Tidwell
Semesters Offered: Summer Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: 5th semester standing, acceptance into New York Internship Program
Department: EXPL

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a field related to student's course of study. All internships take place in New York, NY. Students are required to intern for 140 hours over the duration of the semester in which they enrolled in the New York Internship Program. Students will also be required to attend weekly workshops led by prominent alumni and members of the music industry. Enrollment is limited to students who apply and are accepted for the New York Internship Program. Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the internship site and the college. Student housing is secured by the college. See the Office of Experiential Learning for more information and application materials.

Los Angeles Internship: 6 Credit

IN-497

6 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carolyn Tidwell
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: 5th semester standing, satisfactory completion of 50 credits by the start of the internship, minimum of 3.00 CCumGPA (concentrate GPA) and 2.50 CumGPA (overall GPA), and permission of Office of Experiential Learning
Department: EXPL

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a field related to student's course of study. All internships take place in the Los Angeles area. The L.A. Internship Program involves a substantial workload commitment, comparable to full-time study. Students are required to intern for 300 hours over the duration of the semester in which they are enrolled in the Los Angeles Internship Program. Housing for interns is secured by the college. For more information and to apply for the L.A. Internship Program, see the Office of Experiential Learning to obtain materials. Enrollment is limited to students who apply and are accepted for the Los Angeles Internship Program. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

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