Voice Courses

The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated so that they are up-to-date and consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Survey of Vocal Styles, you will learn about the development of the jazz blues vocalist, analyze major artists, and perform using techniques and styles from 1890 to the present. Take a look at some of the courses you can take during your Berklee education.

ENCL-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: VOICE

Large vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music stretching through a wide range of music genres. In this course, students will participate in weekly rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Concert performances during the fall and spring semesters.

ENCL-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: VOICE

The Women's Concert Choir is a choral group consisting of 12-40 women. Students will learn part-singing, blending, intonation, reading, and memorization through the repertoire, which will range from the standard classical choral repertoire to arrangements of musical theater works. A performance will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Voice principals and non-voice principals are eligible to audition.

ENVC-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

A lab for vocalists that will focus on the basic functions of the rhythm section and how to communicate with a rhythm section in a variety of musical styles. Instruments discussed will include electric and acoustic bass, drums, keyboard, and guitar as well as musical elements of various time-feels and grooves. Class members will have the opportunity to work with a rhythm section.

ENVC-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: VOICE

An ensemble for vocalists that will focus on the basic functions of the rhythm section and how to communicate with a rhythm section in a variety of musical styles. Instruments discussed will include electric and acoustic bass, drums, keyboard, and guitar, as well as musical elements of various time-feels and grooves. Class members will have the opportunity to work with a rhythm section.

ENVC-113

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: VOICE

An ensemble for vocalists that will focus on the basic functions of the rhythm section and how to communicate with a rhythm section in a variety of musical styles. Instruments discussed will include electric and acoustic bass, drums, keyboard, and guitar, as well as musical elements of various time-feels and grooves. Class members will have the opportunity to work with a rhythm section.

ENVC-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ET-111, PW-111, and ENVC-111
Department Code: VOICE

Introductory jazz/blues performance ensemble for voice principals designed to prepare students for solo performance in ensembles and other performing venues within a specific song style. Focus on building jazz repertoire and getting familiar with jazz masters, as well as musicianship, harmony, and sight-reading. Additional focus will be on beginning improvisation skills in the jazz and blues idioms, including melodic and rhythmic phrasing, embellishments, tone color, and hearing basic blues patterns, as well as historical perspective.

ENVC-123

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ET-111, PW-111 and ENVC-111
Department Code: VOICE

Introductory R&B performance ensemble for voice principals designed to prepare students for solo performance in ensembles and other performing venues within a specific song style. Vocalists will learn how to count off tempos of songs, microphone technique, song style and groove, communication with the accompanist, and lead sheet preparation. Additional focus will be on beginning improvisation skills in the R&B idiom, including melodic and rhythmic phrasing, embellishments, tone color, and hearing basic blues patterns.

ENVC-124

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

Introductory pop/rock/country performance ensemble for voice principals designed to prepare students for solo performance in ensembles and other performing venues within a specific song style. Vocalists will learn how to count off tempos of songs, microphone technique, song style, and groove communication with the accompanist and lead sheet preparation.

ENVC-132

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

The voice can be used as a paint brush to create visual textures that elicit a visual and emotional experience for the listener. This performance and recording ensemble is designed to help each participant explore the art of composed and improvised vocal expression, including instrumental singing and vocal improvisation. Students will learn how to use their entire body as a performance instrument; explore the art of vocal and body percussion; and discover a renewed sense of freedom to discover his or her own style of vocal expression and improvisation.

ENVC-141

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ET-111, PW-111, and ENVC-111
Department Code: VOICE

An ensemble for vocalists focusing on basic skills in improvisation in a variety of styles. Melodic and rhythmic phrasing embellishments using tone colors and hearing basic blues patterns in vocal styles including pop, rock, R&B, and jazz.

ENVC-210

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: VOICE

Introductory level ensemble for vocalists designed to address the basic elements of singing in a performance environment, e.g. breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Song materials will be selected in consultation with the private instructor. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment and videotaped in-class performance.

ENVC-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: VOICE

This course will focus on the learning and performing of SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) traditional American Negro spirituals in the style of such groups as the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The emphasis will be on theatrically performing the stories of American Negro spirituals evolving from the African American experience. Song arrangements and compositions will include John W. Work, Moses Hogan, H.T. Burleigh, and other African American composers.

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