Clinics and Master Classes

Sheri Sanders Workshop

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 a.m.
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 p.m.
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

Mitch Seidman: Practice Tips for Musicianship Class

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Faculty member and guitarist Mitch Seidman will demonstrate helpful practice techniques and tips for Musicianship class.
 

Admission: 
Free

Preparing for Your College Audition

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Berklee Associate Professor Berke McKelvey has auditioned hundreds of students, and wants to share what works, what doesn't, first impressions, and what an auditioner is looking for in a prospective student. He will share some tips, relate a couple of stories, and have plenty of time for questions. These strategies are not limited to college auditions but would apply anytime that your playing is being critically evaluated.

Admission: 
Free

German Schauss: How Get More Notes Out of Your Guitar

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss presents a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  

Schauss is also a composer, author, and educator. He performs and tours as the leader of his own band and with other internationally known artists. Schauss also writes music for commercials, TV, and video games, and has been named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. The author of best selling books and videos like Shredding Bach and Shredding Paganini, Schauss also writes the popular monthly column “Instant Shredding” for Germany’s biggest guitar magazine, Gitarre & Bass.

Please visit his website for more information.

Admission: 
Free

Fast and Out: How to Achieve Guitar Speed and Get that 'Out' Sound

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking friendly scalar approaches for the left hand, and several right hand picking techniques including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for Out playing (@110 BPM for 16th notes) and the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques including the use of diminished, whole tone, augmented, and double augmented scales, the cycle of fifths/fourths, and the Mother Chord.

Originally from Chicago, Norman Zocher is a longtime Berklee College of Music Guitar Professor and New England Conservatory Jazz Department faculty member. He was the youngest faculty member at both schools at the time of his hiring. Zocher has performed and recorded with a broad range of artists including Maria Schneider, Muhal Richard Abrams, Oliver Lake, John Medeski, and Esperanza Spalding. The recordings of the Abby and Norm Group with his wife, fellow Berklee guitar professor Abigail Aronson Zocher, gained him international recognition as a guitarist and a composer. Other critically acclaimed albums have featured Zocher with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Patitucci and Joey Calderazzo. He is a resident composer and guitarist for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra where he writes, performs and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, "Rock Ethic," commissioned by String Department Faculty member Mimi Rabson with a grant from Berklee, was featured in Strings magazine and had its New York premier at the New York Chamber Music Festival and its European premier at the Albert Roussel Festival in France this fall. Zocher has accomplished many firsts, including being the only person to ever perform John Coltrane’s 26.2 on pedal steel guitar. 

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Caribbean Drum Set Clinic

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Assistant Chair of the Ensemble Department, Sean Skeete, will lead a drum set clinic on Afro-Caribbean drum styles with a backing ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

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