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.
Microphones, PA Systems, and the Singer
A lab for vocalists providing an overview of sound-reinforcement equipment currently used in live performance and how to use it effectively. Topics will include basic system hookup, kinds of microphones, PA mixers, and speakers, how to EQ individual vocal channels, adding effects, use of monitors, and communicating effectively with the sound person.
Performance Skills for the Background Singer
Vocal lab concentrating on techniques and performance skills necessary for background singing in live performance venues. Topics include intonation, blend, rhythmic phrasing, riffs and embellishments, entrances and cutoffs, voicings, written versus head arrangements, stage presence, microphone settings, and microphone technique.
Vocal Sight-Reading Techniques 3
A continuation of ILVC-211. Additional concentration on singing lyrics on various chords, modes, and pentatonic scales in different time-feels and grooves.
Advanced Vocal Performance Lab 1
A continuation of vocal styles study with emphasis on song interpretation, elements of style, microphone technique, stage presence, and rehearsing with a rhythm section.
Guitar Accompanying Skills for the Vocalist
A lab for singers wishing to develop self-accompanying skills on the guitar: chord forms, rhythmic patterns, etc.
Guitar Accompaniment Skills for the Vocalist 2
A continuation of ISVC-111 for singers wishing to further develop self-accompanying skills on the guitar. Course will focus on the successful combination of guitar techniques (bar chords, power chords, elementary fingerpicking styles, and elementary lead guitar work) with a vocal selection suited to the student's ability.
Survey of Vocal Styles
A historical study of the development of the jazz vocalist and jazz vocal styles. Listening and style analysis through use of recordings and assigned student participation and performances. Singers covered include the Rhythm Boys, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Jimmy Rushing, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and representative contemporary artists.
Private Instruction 1 - Voice
Principal instrument study level 1 voice.
Private Instruction 2 - Voice
Principal instrument study level 2 voice.
Private Instruction 3 - Voice
Principal instrument study level 3 voice.
Private Instruction 4 - Voice
Principal instrument study level 4 voice.
Private Instruction 5 - Voice
Principal instrument study level 5 voice.