Clinics and Master Classes

Why Rhyme? A Lyric Workshop with Pat Pattison

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:30 pm
The Village Studios
1616 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90025

Pat Pattison, songwriting professor at Berklee, will discuss rhyme, lyric writing, and how to get the most out of your songs in this workshop.

As Pattison noted in an interview with Jonathan Feist, "Songs are made for ears, not eyes. Because people listen to songs, you learn to write for eyeless ears. Rhyme creates the ear’s roadmap through the lyric ideas..."

Come learn more at this event, which is hosted by the Berklee Center in LA and Village Studios.

RSVP here.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Feldman: How to Improvise in Latin Jazz

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In this clinic with with visiting artist Oscar Feldman, students will be introduced to the world of one of the most influential styles in music today. The topics covered in this clinic include: improvisation skills within the Latin jazz idiom; the most representative rhythmic patterns used in Latin jazz, such as rumba, cha-cha, Brazilian samba, and tango; solo analysis and solo transcription; melodic and rhythmic interpretation through listening and practice; and ensemble performance.

Admission: 
Free

iOS: Synths & Samplers Workshop

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Learning Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

It’s taken some time, but the game has changed when it comes to the world of music production on the iPad. It is now viable to use the iPad on stage and in the studio for both performance and production. We’ll take a look at some of our favorite synthesizers and samplers for the iPad as well as a few useful pieces of hardware to enhance your experience. Sign up here.

Admission: 
free

Demo in a Day with GarageBand

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Learn to produce a complete piece of music using only GarageBand. Topics will include:

  • MIDI sequencing
  • Audio recording & mixing
  • Gear and session setup
  • Exporting audio
Admission: 
free

Heather Schmid, Dr. Rafay Mehdi, Jon Finn

Monday / June 30, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer-songwriter Heather Schmid, her husband Dr. Rafay Mehdi, and Berklee faculty member Jon Finn will present a unique musical project. Their combined efforts blend classical, pop, world, blues and jazz musical sensibilities with neuroscience.

Their song "One Pakistan" has been gaining  attention in that country, Dr. Mehdi's homeland. Schmid and Medhi have traveled to to Pakistan and performed for Pakistani dignitaries both here and abroad—now they come to Berklee to tell their story.

Admission: 
Free

Sheri Sanders Workshop

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Visiting artist and vocalist Sheri Sanders presents a workshop on musical theatre, performance, and auditions.

Admission: 
Free

Build Your Own Sampler Instrument

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

During this event learn how to record samples and create your own sampler instrument. Topics covered will include:

  • Brief history of sampling
  • Advantages of samplers over synthesizers
  • Considerations when collecting samples
  • How to build a sample instrument in Reason and Kontakt
  • Shaping your sample and adding effects

 

 

Admission: 
free

Art Garfunkel Clinic

Saturday / June 21, 2014 / 4:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Although it has been 40 years since “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was recorded, Art Garfunkel’s image and signature vocals remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. His “beautiful countertenor,” as Neil Strauss described Garfunkel’s voice in The New York Times, is clear, resonant, and surely one of the finest instruments in all of popular music. Garfunkel is a time-honored friend to a world of listeners.

Garfunkel began singing at age four, when his father brought home one of the first wire recorders. “That got me into music more than anything else—singing and being able to record it,” Garfunkel recalls. Seven years later, he sang Everly Brothers songs at school talent shows with a partner, Paul Simon, from his Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens, New York.  

Simon and Garfunkel won five Grammy Awards together and the duo’s Greatest Hits album, released in 1972, remained on the charts for 131 weeks in the U.S. and 179 weeks in the U.K. The album has since sold 14 million units, making it the all-time best-selling album by a duo. In 1990, Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Admission: 
Free

SESAC Day featuring composer John Swihart

Monday / June 23, 2014 / 11:00 am
John Swihart

150 Massachusetts Ave. Room 268. 

Berklee’s first SESAC DAY features award-winning composer JOHN SWIHART (Napoleon Dynemite, How I Met Your Mother) discussing his career and playing examples of his work. 

John Swihart is a Berklee alumnus and award winning Film and Television composer, committed to finding unique sounds and surprising instrument choices that resonate with the story to create unpredictable contemporary scores. After touring as a musician with the Blue Man Group, he scored a few Independent films before his breakout project NAPOLEON DYNAMITE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. John has been busy ever since, scoring almost 50 films and half as many TV shows.

 

Admission: 
Free

Tiger Okoshi Clinic

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Faculty trumpeter Tiger Okoshi presents a clinic about looking for what's behind the rainbow of harmony. Come learn about sound's shape, color, speed, taste, mood, and face and explore how sound has life with a beginning and an ending, just like human beings.

Admission: 
Free

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