Percussion Courses

The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated so that they consistently reflect today's musical needs. In percussion classes, you will learn the history of your instrument and analyze its present-day challenges while also pursuing a more in-depth study of styles and techniques. Below is a listing of all Percussion courses for the upcoming semester.

Beginning Percussion Ensemble

ENPC-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MUED drum set and MUED total percussion principals
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC

For beginning percussion players. Covers the use of snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, simple mallet music, and timpani in an ensemble setting.

Contemporary Mallet Percussion Ensemble

ENPC-215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPM-121
Department: PERC

This nontraditional percussion ensemble consists of mallet instruments with a rhythm section performing original compositions. Emphasis is placed upon rhythmic accuracy and creating spontaneous compositions. No previous improvisational skills are necessary.

Mixed World Ensemble

ENPC-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: PERC

Development of repertoire and performance skills in an ensemble consisting of both Western and non-Western or world instruments. Integration of non-Western ideas and techniques; listening and improvising outside of standard jazz and pop forms; spontaneous composition as opposed to loose improvisation; strengthening of individual musical aesthetic.

Berklee Bata Ensemble

ENPC-359

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPH-354
Department: PERC

A continuation of ILPH-354, Bata Rhythms/Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming Lab. Continued development of performance skills through study of recordings and transcriptions, singing and chanting, and group playing. Application of drumming and singing to other musical forms.

Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music Ensemble

ENPC-363

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: PERC

An ensemble for advanced marimbists, instrumentalists, and vocalists dedicated to the performance of compositions and arrangements that include the marimba. Music performed will be drawn from classical and contemporary styles. An end-of-semester recital is scheduled.

West African Drum and Dance Ensemble

ENPC-374

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-351 and by audition for dancers
Department: PERC

A performance-based ensemble utilizing the music and rhythms from traditional West African genres. Emphasis will be placed upon dialogue between drum calls and dance movement along with cultural songs of historical content. Students will perform at least once as a full ensemble at the end of each semester.

The Berklee College Drum Line

ENPC-385

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPD-111 or by audition
Department: PERC

A percussion ensemble designed to develop playing skills in the drum line idiom. Instrumentation includes snare drums, multi-toms, mixed percussion, tuned bass drums, and mallet keyboards. Practice materials and routines designed to develop strength, control, and endurance will be included. An end-of-semester performance will be prepared.

Berklee College of Music Percussion Ensemble

ENPC-431

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ENPC-211, overall ensemble 4, or by audition
Department: PERC

Advanced performance lab for percussion principals emphasizing group performance of contemporary percussion literature. Students enrolled in the fall semester are expected to reregister in this course for credit for the spring semester. Spring concert material will be rehearsed and prepared during both fall and spring semesters.

Berklee Steelpan Ensemble

ENPH-291

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPH-391
Department: PERC

This ensemble will perform a range of music specifically written and arranged for the steelpan instrument. Repertoire will be drawn from Panorama arrangements adapted for small ensemble, original arrangements by the director, and adaptations from the European classical repertoire. Styles will include pop, calypso, and contemporary jazz. Desired instrumentation is: four tenors (leads), two double seconds, one guitar pan, two triple cellos, one tenor bass, two bass, and assorted engine room percussion instruments (drum set and hand percussion). This ensemble will perform a recital at the end of the semester, and possibly at other special events.

Marimba Ensemble

ENPM-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Total percussion and vibraphone principal MUED and PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: PERC

An ensemble for beginning percussionists specializing in interpretations and transcriptions of baroque, classical, and contemporary literature.

Marimba Ensemble 2

ENPM-332

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ENPM-331 or written approval of course instructor
Department: PERC

An ensemble for intermediate percussionists specializing in interpretations and transcriptions of baroque, classical, and contemporary literature.

Marimba Ensemble 3

ENPM-333

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ENPM-332 or written approval of course instructor
Department: PERC

An ensemble for advanced percussionists specializing in interpretations and transcriptions of baroque, classical, and contemporary literature.

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