Clinics and Master Classes

Performers, engineers, and music business professionals are among the industry experts who visit Berklee to offer clinics and master classes about the business and art of making, recording, promoting, and composing music. Often only open to the college community, these visits are opportunities for Berklee students and faculty to get an intimate and inside perspective of the industry. 

 

Q&A and Master Class with Ambrose Akinmusire

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Jazz trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will conduct a master class and participate in a brief Q&A hosted by Sean Jones, chair of the Brass Department. 

Admission: Free

Clinic with Katie Thiroux

Wednesday / February 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

WGBO presents a clinic with jazz bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux.

Admission: Free

American Authors

Friday / February 13, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

James Shelley and Zach Barnett of the American Authors, whose hit song "Best Day of My Life" reached number 1 on the Hot Adult Billboard chart last year, present a two hour clinic.

Admission: Free

Brass Master Class with Elliot Mason

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Jazz trombonist Elliot Mason will give a master class on modern brass performance. He will be joined by moderator Sean Jones, chair of the Brass Department.

Admission: Free

Open Forum with Elliot Mason

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Jazz trombonist Elliot Mason will host an open forum, covering topics from jazz improvisation to making it in today's jazz scene. The discussion will be moderated by Sean Jones, chair of the Brass Department.

Admission: Free

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 4

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Moira Lo Bianco presents a clinic drawing on her considerable training in classical music to teach improvisation.

Admission: Free

Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Annual event featuring a high-profile speaker from the music industry.

Admission: Free

Clinic with Brian Del Signore

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Brian Del Signore, principal percussionist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, will present a clinic on using digital recording tools for the performing musician. The focus will be on using technology to critique and improve both musical playing and performance.

Admission: Free

The Music Of Persia

Monday / March 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

This Middle Eastern Festival clinic will feature the guest artists who will perform at the Seventh Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival (The Music Of Persia) at the Berklee Performance Center on March 3. 

Admission: Free

John Knowles Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

John Knowles leads Berklee faculty and students in a performance, master class, and discussion of the meeting places within classical and traditional approaches to fingerstyle guitar, and his process of finding a persoanl voice on the instrument.
 

Admission: Free

Open Forum with Ambrose Akinmusire

Thursday / March 12, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will hold an open forum, discussing topics ranging from brass tips to making it on the jazz scene today. There will be a Q&A during the forum.

Admission: Free

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 5

Wednesday / March 25, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Moira Lo Bianco presents a clinic drawing on her considerable training in classical music to teach improvisation.

Admission: Free

Indian Classical Music Master Class/Clinic

Monday / March 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Well-known Indian musicians present a clinic and master class on northern Hindustani and southern Carnatic styles of Indian classical music.

Admission: Free

Improvisation Master Class with Marshall Gilkes

Tuesday / April 7, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Marshall Gilkes will conduct a master class on jazz improvisation and critique various student groups on their original compositions. Sean Jones will host a brief Q&A session during the class.

Admission: Free

Jay Clayton Vocal Jazz Workshop

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Vocal innovator Jay Clayton shares her practice techniques and approach to free improvisation as well as fresh ideas for improvising over chord changes.

Admission: Free

Improvisation for Classical Pianists, Session 6

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Moira Lo Bianco presents a clinic drawing on her considerable training in classical music to teach improvisation.

Admission: Free