The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated so that they consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Contrapuntal Jazz Improvisation, Improvisational Theory, Piano Accompaniment Techniques, and Survey of Piano Styles, you will learn the history of your instrument, analyze its present-day challenges, and pursue an in-depth study of styles and techniques. Below is a list of all Piano courses for the upcoming semester.
Survey of Piano Styles
A study of the history and development of the art of jazz piano and the lives and times of the artists themselves. Through listening to archival and contemporary recordings and analysis and discussions, the rich diversity of the different jazz styles will be examined, along with the artists associated with certain styles. Solo piano and group playing from ragtime to contemporary will be addressed.
Private Instruction 1 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 1 piano.
Private Instruction 2 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 2 piano.
Private Instruction 3 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 3 piano.
Private Instruction 4 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 4 piano.
Private Instruction 5 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 5 piano.
Private Instruction 6 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 6 piano.
Private Instruction 7 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 7 piano.
Private Instruction 8 - Piano
Principal instrument study level 8 piano.
Contrapuntal Jazz Improvisation for Pianists
This course offers a step-by-step approach to improvising contrapuntally in a solo piano context. Emphasis on walking bass lines through a series of rhythmic/melodic motives gives the pianist a basis for gaining the independence required to simultaneously improvise in a linear or chordal manner in the right hand. This eventually leads to multi-voice improvisation. Artists studied and transcribed include Lennie Tristano, Dave McKenna, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall. Weekly class performance includes repertoire of the jazz standard literature.
Recital Preparation 1 - Piano
Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.
Recital Preparation 2 - Piano
Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.