Clinics and Master Classes

Song Production with iZotope's Creative Instruments

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02215
izotope.com

iZotope presents an event focused around commercial composition, mixing and production—aimed at anyone writing music for radio, TV, trailers and films.

Stop by to learn about:

  • Drum programming
  • Software synthesizer editing
  • Using distortion to dirty up your sounds
Admission: 
free

Kim Plainfield Fusion Drum Set Clinic

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Faculty member Kim Plainfield will lead a Fusion Drum Set Clinic for students participating in the Berklee Percussion Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Tony Thunder Smith Rock Clinic

Monday / June 16, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Faculty member Tony "Thunder" Smith will lead a rock drum set clinic for students participating in the Berklee Percussion Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Yoga for Percussionists

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 9:30 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

Faculty member Mia Olson will lead percussion students from the Berklee Percussion Festival though a series of yoga exercises specifically designed to benefit the health of drummers and percussionists.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class Guitar Clinic with Robert Godin

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Robert Godin, owner and founder of the Godin Guitar Company, built his first guitars in a small shop in Montreal over 40 years ago. The success of the shop in Montreal eventually afforded him the opportunity to open a dedicated guitar building facility in the village of La Patrie, Quebec.

Motivated by a desire to bring a reasonably priced acoustic guitar to the market that emphasized great sound and feel rather than just shiny looks, Godin designed the Seagull S6. The popularity of the S6 has grown steadily since that time and Seagull has become one of the premier acoustic guitar brands in the world. Godin had also become well known for his custom-made electric guitars as well as the necks and bodies that he was making in La Patrie under sub-contract for many of America’s premier guitar companies.

In the late 1980s, full of ideas for new guitar designs, Godin began crafting instruments under his own name. Godin guitars have developed a reputation for quality of materials and craftsmanship. Godin's commitment to exploring new concepts in guitar design and technology is perhaps even more compelling.

Join Godin for an enlightening and informative Master Class about how guitars are crafted to achieve great acoustic sound and playability. You will learn the importance and impact of using different woods to achieve different sounds and tones, along with the reasoning behind different scales, neck and headstock designs —practical information you can use to evaluate your guitar and future guitar selections. Godin will also showcase some of the innovative and non-traditional guitars in the Godin guitar lineup.

Godin's knowledge and passion for the craft are infectious.  You will never look at guitars the same way again.

Admission: 
Free

Tommy Emmanuel Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. His career spans five decades and intersects with some of the finest musicians in the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered fans worldwide. His “finger style” playing uses the guitar like a pianist, with all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all parts one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try out fingerpicking the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Admission: 
Free

Damaris

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

The singer-songwriter Damaris will present a performance based on Andean and Afro-Peruvian music.

Admission: 
Free

How to Improve the Rhythm Section

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 1:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This clinic, presented by faculty bassists Tino D'Agostino, faculty drummer Sergio Bellotti, and Special Guest, Mimi Rabson, will help all musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) improve their interplay with the rhythm section. 

Participants will have a chance to experience various techniques and approaches as to how to better interact with different instrumentation combinations.

This clinic is sponsored by 247 Drums, DR Strings, Epifani Amps, Fclef Basses, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Yamaha. 

Admission: 
Free

Guy Van Duser / Bobby Stanton Clinic

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Guy Van Duser

Acclaimed guitarists Guy Van Duser and Bobby Stanton present a clinic for Berklee Guitar Sessions students.

Recording artist Guy Van Duser is internationally known for his unique, imaginative, and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar, including the amazing "Stars and Stripes Forever," acknowledged by guitarists worldwide, including Chet Atkins, as setting the bar for fingerstyle arrangements. Van Duser has 13 albums available from Rounder Records, Daring Records, and Green Linnet Records, and is a composer for films and public television programs (including the Antiques Roadshow theme song). Of particular note is his development of what he terms his "stride guitar" technique, a fusion of the fingerpicking virtuosity of Chet Atkins and the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. By simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, he has elevated the swing-style guitar from its traditional rhythmic accompaniment role, and has influenced a new generation of guitarists. Van Duser has often been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion as well as All Things Considered on NPR.

Bobby Stanton moved to Nashville early in his career and played with several different artists. After studying with guitarist Lenny Breau, he decided to move to Boston to attend Berklee. He graduated with honors and received the Ovation Award from William Leavitt and Gary Burton. He taught at Berklee for several years and continued to play and record with a wide variety of artists. Stanton has contributed articles to international music publications such as Guitar Player magazine. As a songwriter, he has won awards from BMI and ASCAP. He also won seven Boston Music Awards and has extensive experience in recording and playing for theater, radio, and television. He is currently teaching at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Admission: 
Free

Amanda Monaco and Kim Perlak Clinic

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarists Kim Perlak and Amanda Monaco will present a clinic on the creative possibilities of jazz and classical guitar in a duo format in this clinic for Berklee Guitar Sessions.

Since moving to New York, Amanda Monaco has performed with a variety of musical groups, from jazz chamber ensembles and big bands to regular appearances with her own groups at such venues as Birdland, Joe’s Pub, and The Blue Note, to name a few. 

She has released five albums to date and her current projects include her quartet Deathblow, the collaborative quintet Playdate and organ trio Kiss the Leslie. Monaco is a resident musician at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York and has released an album of original music based on the Pirkei Avot, a collection of rabbinical teachings compiled in the third century.

An educator since 1990, Monaco is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music. Her book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide. She is the artistic director of Convergence Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to share the art and fun of improvisation with people of all ages. She is also a cofounder of the Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that stimulates a wider of awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough.

Admission: 
Free

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