Berklee Piano/Keyboard Workshop
Be prepared for a full immersion in piano, keyboard, and Hammond organ performance. Develop your skills in improvisation, performance, chord theory ensemble playing, and synthesizer technology through this dynamic workshop. You’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, including jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop, funk, Latin, and fusion.
|Program length:||Four days|
|Program dates:||Monday, August 17, 2015 to Thursday, August 20, 2015|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
Participants are required to have two years of playing experience prior to attending the program.
You will be provided a complete schedule of times and locations for all classes, clinics, performances, and special events at the time of registration.
The program will provide practical playing experience through a variety of performance activities, including ensembles with full rhythm sections, performance workshops, and improvisation labs. There will be nightly jam sessions so you can perform with a band in your style and try out your new ideas.
Each participant will choose one of the following electives:
- Synthesizer Performance and Technology: Explore the technology and performing techniques involved with playing synthesizer keyboards in many styles.
- Jazz Master Class: Learn modern jazz improvisation techniques for keyboard.
- Hammond Class: Learn about the Hammond organ and techniques for playing jazz, blues, rock, and gospel styles.
- New Age Music Improvisation: Learn how to improvise music in a free-form manner that doesn't require you to know chords or jazz theory.
Musical Preparation and Placement
Be prepared to play a short piece of music—no more than two minutes long. Your performance will help the audition team measure your ability in the style you wish to study for the week. If you read music and know chords you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in these areas.