Ensemble Courses

Improvisation for Classical Musicians

ENCL-234

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Improvisation for Classical Musicians ensemble is a small group of instrumentalists that will play traditional chamber music with a twist by adding improvisational techniques. The students will partake in weekly rehearsals, as well as end of the semester performances. Emphasis will be given to hearing, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Contemporary Orchestra

ENCL-400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Contemporary Orchestra features Berklee's student performers, composers, and conductors through the use of standard repertoire, film, multimedia, and sound. Works of major 20th-century composers, as well as Berklee students and faculty, will be programmed. Student performers will gain experience in orchestral auditions and have the opportunity to be featured as soloists. This ensemble meets two times per week; the second weekly meeting will be used for workshops.

Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

ENCL-402

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

Mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles are formed to study and perform chamber music by 20th-century composers including Luciano Berio, John Corgliano, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and others. Using their own parts from the preselected repertoire, students will individually practice and master performance skills and musicianship, then rehearse in the larger group in preparation for an end-of-semester recital.

Art Music of Black Composers

ENCL-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Art Music of Black Composers ensemble will study and perform the richness of America's roots music traditions. The students will study all types of black composers stretching from roots music all the way to modern-day pop.

Musical Theater Orchestra

ENCL-404

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Musical Theater Orchestra will perform the music of Broadway shows. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing in a variety of styles inherent in each show. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Please contact the instructor for more information on the shows to performed in current semester.

Classical Chamber Music Ensemble

ENCL-P405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written permission of course instructor
Department: ENS

Mixed instrumentation chamber ensemble, including brass, woodwinds, strings, voice, and guitar with piano accompanists. Ensemble will perform standard classical chamber music repertoire. Emphasis will be on developing accompanying skills while providing an outlet for soloists.

Directed Study

ENDS-400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Directed Study ensemble will study and perform a specific genre or artist of their liking. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the particular directed studies' compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Directed Study – Pop Icons: the Music of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston

ENDS-405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Directed Study ensemble will study and perform a specific genre or artist of their liking. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the particular directed studies' compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Electronic Improvisation

ENEL-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

A small contemporary ensemble consisting of synthesizers and other electronics, typically along with a rhythm section composed of drum set and electric bass. The ensemble will develop a concert-ready performance based upon improvisation, extended performance techniques, sound design, and grooves.

Techno/Rave Ensemble

ENEL-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

An open forum for development of live performance multi-instrumental duo/trio ensembles consisting of electronic, electro/acoustic, and acoustic sources. The class splits into a number of smaller groups working on two compositions and playing in class on a rotating schedule for discussion and critique. Use of a variety of instrumental approaches such as controls surfaces, audio/MIDI processing, MAX/MSP patches, any instruments.

Turntable Ensemble

ENEL-404

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

Members of the Turntable ensemble will compose, improvise, and perform music that incorporates the turntable as a musical instrument, informed by the traditions of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and other related styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing in a variety of styles and settings. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Funk

ENFF-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS

Level 3 Funk ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk genre including music from the 1970s to the current era. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating classic instrumental parts, as well as improvising and creating style-specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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