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.

Vocal Jazz Choir

ENVC-322

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

This choir consists of 4-12 singers divided into SATB (soprano, alto, tenor bass) parts and performs standard jazz choir repertoire with full rhythm section accompaniment (piano, bass, drums). Each meeting is devoted to rehearsing parts, focusing on blend, dynamics, intonation, articulation, expression, interpretation, and stage presence. Iconic groups that would be emulated include The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Syncopation, and Vox One. Vocal arrangements recorded, performed, and published by these groups (and others) will be used in addition to the works of contemporary arrangers including Michele Weir, April Arabian, Greg Jasperse, Darmon Meader, Paris Rutherford, Ward Swingle, and Ned Rosenblatt.

Advanced Vocal Performance Ensemble Mixed Styles 1

ENVC-331

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

A continuation of vocal performance study with emphasis on song interpretation, elements of style, microphone technique, stage presence, and rehearsing with a rhythm section.

Musical Theater Ensemble

ENVC-370

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE

An ensemble designed to provide singers with an understanding of repertoire styles and basic stagecraft. An end-of-semester musical/dramatic presentation will be scheduled.

Advanced Performance Skills for the Background Singer

ENVC-375

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 5555 or by audition
Department: VOICE

Topics integrated into assigned materials will address intonation, blend, rhythmic phrasing, singing riffs and embellishments, entrances and cutoffs, voicings, blend, articulation, written arrangements as well as rote or head arrangements, stage presence including movement while singing, microphone setting, and microphone technique. Written transcriptions and arrangements or lead sheets of specific arrangements may be assigned.

Advanced Pop/Rock/Country Vocal Ensembles With Background Vocals

ENVC-421

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

Advanced pop/rock/country performance vocal,ensemble 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.

Advanced Jazz/Blues Vocal Ensemble

ENVC-422

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-122 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: VOICE

Advanced jazz/blues vocal performance ensemble 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 with different grooves and meters and work on arrangements, while developing improvisation skills, microphone technique, stage presence, and communication with the rhythm section. Repertoire will include standards, bebop, fusion, songs without words, and post-1960 jazz compositions.

Advanced R&B Vocal Ensemble

ENVC-423

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-123 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: VOICE

Advanced R&B vocal performance ensemble 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.

Advanced Pop/Rock/Country Vocal Ensemble

ENVC-424

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-124 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: VOICE

Advanced pop/rock/country performance vocal ensemble 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.

Advanced Vocal Performance Ensemble 2, Mixed Styles

ENVC-431

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-331 and overall ensemble rating 5
Department: VOICE

A continuation of ENVC-331 with an emphasis on song interpretation, elements of style, microphone technique, stage presence, and rehearsal techniques.

Spontaneous Composition Ensemble for Voice

ENVC-432

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

An intermediate to advanced creative vocal improvisation ensemble in which students learn to improvise melody, harmony, rhythm patterns, counterpoint, layering parts articulation, and vocal percussion in solo and small ensemble team formats. Vocalists will perform assigned repertoire incorporating learned improvisation techniques created by instructors.

Advanced Latin and Jazz Vocal Workshop

ENVC-433

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

A performance ensemble designed for vocalists wishing to develop skills in the performance of Latin jazz and traditional jazz idioms. Students work with a rhythm section and perform a concert towards the end of the semester. Vocalists will learn how to effectively interact with the rhythm section and develop interpretation and musicianship skills necessary for performance. Topics covered include vocal improvisation as appropriate to song style arrangement tempos grooves and rhythms key and stage presence.

Musical Theater Chorus

ENVC-470

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

A full chorus designed to support the Musical Theater program. Students will work on choral repertoire in the American musical theatre idiom and perform in an end-of-semester musical and dramatic presentation.

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