Performance Studies

Music and Life of Bob Marley

PS-180

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

Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1

PS-190

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

Improvisation Concepts Workshop 2

PS-192

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

Professional Performance Internship

PS-495

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

Directed Study in Improvisation

PS-498

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

Global Jazz Forum

PS-499

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Berklee Global Jazz Institute students
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Department: 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.

The Music of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

PS-P265

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-112 and HR-112
Department: PERF

This course will engage students in the musical and lyrical analysis in the varied styles of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Students will be required to write lead sheets of their analysis, identifying characteristics of hit songs such as melody, harmonic chord relationships, rhythmic motifs, and lyrical content. Select student compositions, as well as music of the artist, will be chosen to be performed each week in class. Some research and compositional writings that relate to the historical documentation of the artist as a singer/songwriter/producer, as well as exposure to and knowledge of his vast catalog, will be included as part of the required research.

Music Director Production Techniques

PS-P310

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

This course will study all aspects of professional-level concert production. Classes are held in various formats: lectures, production meetings, music sequencing classes, and live performance rehearsals. This course provides a focused study of development and presentation of a thematic concert. It also addresses the roles of the stage manager, the musical director, and technology in contemporary concert production.

Fundamentals of Improvisation for Bass

PSBS-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: BASS

Application of scales, modes, arpeggios, and passing tones to improvisation on the bass. Study of repertoire and recordings is utilized to discuss and analyze major bass styles and performers.

Concepts for Jazz Bass Lines

PSBS-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4, PIBS-211, or by audition
Department: BASS

A systematic approach to forming well-defined bass lines. The topics covered include writing bass lines, outlining chord sound and approach techniques, rhythmic effects, broken time-feels, and the use of pedals. Students are required to demonstrate various topics by performing their written bass lines over given chord progressions.

Electric Bass Performance Styles

PSBS-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231; and PIBS-211 (PERF majors) or PIBS-212 (other majors)
Department: BASS

A performance history of the electric bass from the 1950s to the present. This survey will include a detailed study of selected electric bass masters including Monk Montgomery, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Will Lee. Students will transcribe and analyze selected bass parts and present their findings.

Jazz Masters of the Bass

PSBS-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231, and bass private instruction level 4
Department: BASS

Students will transcribe and perform solos and lines of major bass players in jazz. Projects chosen to reflect many different styles found throughout the history of jazz. Emphasis on major innovators including Pops Foster, Walter Page, Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, and Scott LaFaro.

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