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. 

 

CANCELED: What Makes Motown Bass, Motown?

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 1:15 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

CANCELED: This event has been cancelled
Bassist and faculty member Jim Stinnett will demonstrate characteristics of the Motown bass style.

Admission: Free

Rodner Padilla Clinic

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Venezuelan bassist, composer, arranger, and music producer Rodner Padilla presents a clinic on electric bass concepts in Venezuelan folk music.
 

Admission: Free

Norm Zocher: How to Achieve Speed on the Guitar and Get that "Out" Sound

Thursday / October 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

This clinic will focus on developing speed on the guitar through specific legato and picking-friendly approaches for the left hand as well as several righthand picking techniques, including alternate, sweep, economy, hybrid, and finger picking. Next, the clinic will examine the minimum velocity required for "out'' playing, and the application of several atonal and polytonal techniques.

Admission: Free

Master Class and Interview with A. R. Rahman

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 10:30 a.m.

Berklee Performance Center

Legendary composer A. R. Rahman will give an inside look at his career through a live discussion and panel interview.

Admission: Free

A&R Pitch Session with Disney Music Group A&R Director Mike Daly

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

Mike Daly, Berklee alumnus and director of A&R at Disney Music Group, will give a short talk and demo followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session is open to all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a select group of Berklee songwriters. 

Admission: Free to the Berklee community; RSVP to songwriting@berklee.edu with "A&R" in the subject line.

Upper Structure Triads: The Harmonic Approach

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Suzanna Sifter, professor in the piano department, author of Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads, and instructor of the labs Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2, will give a clinic on upper structure triads.

Admission: Free

Bárbara Padilla: Classical to Contemporary Crossover

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Gifted and inspiring classical crossover soprano Bárbara Padilla will be sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Berklee students.
 

Admission: Free

Matt Garrison

Tuesday / October 28, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The bass department welcomes bassist extraordinaire Matt Garrison. A Berklee alumnus, Matt has toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, John MacLaughlin, and Jack DeJohnette, while expanding the horizon of the electric bass.
 

Admission: Free

Gary Willis

Thursday / October 30, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

The Bass Department welcomes jazz electric bassist Gary Willis, founding member of Tribal Tech and a member of Wayne Shorter's band. Gary will share his experiences, wisdom, and technique while playing some great music and answering questions. Bring you basses and your questions.
 

Admission: Free
Poster for BMI Day at Berklee - Harry Gregson-Williams Discussion

BMI Day at Berklee Presents Harry Gregson-Williams

Monday / November 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

BMI Day at Berklee presents award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams.

Admission: Free and open to the public

Ledisi Live: Interview

Tuesday / November 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Berklee Voice Department faculty member Jeff Ramsey interviews visiting artist Ledisi Anabade Young.

Admission: Free

Moira Lo Bianco: Improvisation for Classical Pianists - Session 3

Monday / November 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Students of this clinic will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely reinvent a classical composition.

Admission: Free

Fractal Limit Recital and Master Class: Viewpoints on the Art of Duo

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Fractal Limit, a duo made up of Tatiana Parra (voice) and Vardan Ovsepian (piano), will perform and discuss their approach to creating, arranging, rehearsing, and performing. Participants will be encouraged to perform in a duo format and to engage in a conversation about the art of duo.

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

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

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