Courses

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

Music Career Planning Seminar

PM-375

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: PROM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Fifth-semester standing minimum
Department: PROM

Development of career goals from musical interests and aspirations, and behaviors that will foster and enable the transition from student to professional. Development of career-oriented communication and presentational skills.

Final Project Seminar

PM-475

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: PROM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PM-375 or LHUM-400 and minimum of sixth-semester standing
Department: PROM

A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their graduation project.

Professional Music Internship

PM-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: PROM majors
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: PROM

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a retail, entrepreneurial, or corporate environment matched to the student's individual career goals. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Professional Music Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. 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.

Managerial Finance

PM-P325

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PM-310
Department: PROM

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of finance. Various techniques of analysis that reveal the relationships of risk, return, and value are demonstrated. Topics include financial analysis, reporting and planning, long- and short-term forecasting, the time value of money, managing working capital, capital budgeting, and the nature of corporate securities and capital structure.

Final Project Directed Study - Online

PM-P476

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: PROM majors
Prerequisites: Written permission of course chair
Department: PROM

A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their final project. Students will develop an approach and timeline, self-evaluative criteria for assessment of their project upon completion, and gain an understanding of current and future trends in the music industry as they relate to both the final project and the student's broader career goals. This course is a remotely delivered version of the current PM-475 Final Project Seminar.

Movement for Musicians

PMH-250

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kenn Brass
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: PROM

This class is designed to offer fundamentals of movement and dance for musicians. Each session includes a brief warm up followed by a dance combination and/or work on body awareness, coordination, use of time and space, development of internal pulse, and stage presence, etc. No prior dance experience is necessary.

Music and Life of Bob Marley

PS-180

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: By audition
Department: PERF

This class meets for 2 hours each week dividing class time into two equal segments where the instructor lectures, taking students on a chronological tour of the significant events in Marley's life with an emphasis on discovering Marley's radical yet positive sociopolitical message and relating it to current events in our time. The second segment of the class is spent learning the musical subtleties of the roots reggae style and preparing arrangements of 7-10 Marley compositions for performance. Watch for posters and electronic announcements online.

Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1

PS-190

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: PERF

This multipurpose course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students will perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. All ensemble combinations are explored (e.g., full ensemble, trios, duets, and solos).

Improvisation Concepts Workshop 2

PS-192

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PS-190
Department: PERF

This multipurpose course is a continuation of Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1, and provides a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. Students are exposed to a wide variety of improvisational music through required listening sessions in and out of class.

Professional Performance Internship

PS-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: PERF majors, sixth-semester and above
Prerequisites: ILRE-375
Department: PERF

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience for the performance major. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a project/portfolio. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the appropriate Performance Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. 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.

Directed Study in Improvisation

PS-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: PERF

This course is a high-level playing class that explores the various melodic roles of the instruments. Course materials and instruction address how to construct and improvise pattern-organized melody lines on the chord progressions of standard jazz songs using symmetric scales, chord couplings, interval patterns, and melodic cells. Emphasis is placed upon students learning how to practice and perform music that includes the techniques learned in the classroom and from the recommended reading.

Global Jazz Forum

PS-499

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Berklee Global Jazz Institute students
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Department: PERF

This course is a seminar style assembly for the student body of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The objective of the Global Jazz Forum is community learning and critical thinking in interdisciplinary aesthetics. The Global Jazz Forum hosts and presents students' special musical projects, BGJI Artists in Residence, and BGJI faculty workshops, as well as special topic presentations from faculty of the Performance Division, Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments. The Global Jazz Forum grade will be reflected in the BGJI Ensemble evaluation.

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