Performance Studies

PS-180

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: By audition
Department Code: PERF

This class meets for 2 hours each week dividing class time into two equal segments where the instructor lectures, taking students on a chronological tour of the significant events in Marley's life with an emphasis on discovering Marley's radical yet positive sociopolitical message and relating it to current events in our time. The second segment of the class is spent learning the musical subtleties of the roots reggae style and preparing arrangements of 7-10 Marley compositions for performance. Watch for posters and electronic announcements online.

PS-190

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: PERF

This multipurpose course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students will perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. All ensemble combinations are explored (e.g., full ensemble, trios, duets, and solos).

PS-192

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PS-190
Department Code: PERF

This multipurpose course is a continuation of Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1, and provides a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. Students are exposed to a wide variety of improvisational music through required listening sessions in and out of class.

PS-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: PERF majors, sixth-semester and above
Prerequisites: ILRE-375
Department Code: PERF

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience for the performance major. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a project/portfolio. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the appropriate Performance Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

PS-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: PERF

This course is a high-level playing class that explores the various melodic roles of the instruments. Course materials and instruction address how to construct and improvise pattern-organized melody lines on the chord progressions of standard jazz songs using symmetric scales, chord couplings, interval patterns, and melodic cells. Emphasis is placed upon students learning how to practice and perform music that includes the techniques learned in the classroom and from the recommended reading.

PS-499

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Berklee Global Jazz Institute students
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: PERF

This course is a seminar style assembly for the student body of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The objective of the Global Jazz Forum is community learning and critical thinking in interdisciplinary aesthetics. The Global Jazz Forum hosts and presents students' special musical projects, BGJI Artists in Residence, and BGJI faculty workshops, as well as special topic presentations from faculty of the Performance Division, Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments. The Global Jazz Forum grade will be reflected in the BGJI Ensemble evaluation.

PS-522

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

The course is a project-based, experiential learning exercise that will arm students with powerful tools and strategies in music production. Artist identity, vision and intention will provide direction for a recording project that will give students first-hand experience in the preproduction, recording and mixing process. Recording sessions will take place in a variety of venues, from professional recording studios with a large-format console, to project studios, to home recording set ups. Students explore the ways that the recording process can best serve their own professional and artistic goals, while collaborating with musicians and engineers.

PS-530

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students; elective course in MPTI and SFTV
Electable by: CPRF, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This course prepares musicians for careers in the global marketplace. Students explore three stages of engagement: before, during, and after the music is played and performed. Students will learn to form music companies, procure intellectual property rights, promote concerts, and gauge long-term collections. Students will also explore diverse readings and case studies regarding the role and function of performing musicians in the 21st century global economy. By the end of the course, students will have developed a proposal for their thesis project.

PS-532

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CPRF graduate students; elective course in MPTI and SFTV
Electable by: CPRF, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This course prepares artists to build sustainable careers. Students learn to be innovative in the way they promote, distribute and monetize their own creative products. In this project-based course, students develop of a wide set of business-related skills. Students focus on their own professional projects in order to develop knowledge and skills in three essential areas: 1) project management and finance, 2) contract management and negotiation, and 3) social media management. Through this project-focus, students learn the connections between the creative and business aspects of the music industry. They also enhance their ability to manage projects and to manage their careers.

PS-619

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This is a performance workshop in which students learn interdisciplinary approaches to music-making. Students also explore various concepts of aesthetics, with a focus on developing their own aesthetic philosophy. Students will learn to critique each other as they present their own musical projects to the class for feedback and advice. Joining this discussion with students will be guest lecturers and artists-in-residence from a variety of diverse backgrounds: performers, composers, scholars in liberal arts, music educators, music therapists, artists working with Berklee's Global Jazz Institute, American Roots Music Program, Africana Studies Program, and more.

PS-621

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in CPRF
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

Topics in Improvisation is a course that can be tailored to various musical styles, including rock, pop, blues, and more. Students will explore the melodic styles and content of improvised solos through history, listening, ear training, shared student transcriptions and analyses, practice assignments, and creative performance projects. Students increase their knowledge of the musical choices, issues, and possibilities they face as improvisers. They learn the historical context of their own original work. Students will improve their musical ear and the connections among their musical imagination (inner hearing), aural perception, musical notation, and instrumental performance. They will develop their skills in transcription and analysis, with the goal of gaining a greater command of musical materials for use in their own music. They will experience ways in which the work of improvisers in the past can inspire their contemporary creative work in the present.

PS-622

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

PS-622 continues the learning that began in PS-619, Masters Performance Forum. In this performance workshop, students continue to learn interdisciplinary approaches to music-making. They explore various concepts of aesthetics, with a focus on developing their own aesthetic philosophy as they critique each other. The course provides a platform for students in the contemporary performance master's program to launch the execution phase of their culminating experience project. The course also provides a framework for project management, including planned milestones, visiting artists, and material strategies to incorporate students' projects into tangible career opportunities.

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