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.

PIVC-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-212
Department Code: VOICE

Principal instrument study level 5 voice.

PIVC-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-311
Department Code: VOICE

Principal instrument study level 6 voice.

PIVC-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-312
Department Code: VOICE

Principal instrument study level 7 voice.

PIVC-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-411
Department Code: VOICE

Principal instrument study level 8 voice.

PSH-200

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

Maintaining a balance between body, mind, and spirit is essential for any musician to be healthy. This is wellness. In this course vocalists learn techniques for keeping their instruments in top shape, reducing both vocal and overall stress, and managing real life factors like performance anxiety. This course will also present techniques and a detailed look at vocal anatomy, to support learning to sing virtually every style of music with a healthy, long-lasting approach.

PST-385

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

Staging and directing musical productions; acquisition of materials; budgeting; organization of production staff. How to audition; responsibilities of production departments; conducting rehearsals and performances. General study of dramatic styles and history of theater styles.

PSVC-110

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

Introductory fundamentals lab designed to address the basic elements of singing (e.g., breath management, intonation, tone quality, phrasing). Song materials will be selected in consultation with the private instructor. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment and videotaped in-class performance.

PSVC-131

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

Improvement of English language pronunciation and articulation through the application of English language phonetics in pop, rock, and jazz vocal styles. Song delivery and stylistic interpretation; weekly listening examples; specific assignments in diction and lyrical interpretation; weekly class performance.

PSVC-161

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

A workshop setting for vocalists that focuses on preparing for an audition and creating a portfolio of audition pieces useful in the present music industry. This course will help empower students with their choice of song materials, as well as develop each singer's individually centered self-image. Students will learn how to use the audition process to showcase individual artistry and gain a better understanding of the dynamics involved in the audition/interview process.

PSVC-231

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

Instruction and practice in vocal production for the nonvoice principal. Designed to acquaint instrumentalists with the basics of singing and to improve their arranging/composition skills when writing for voice. Class participation with emphasis on fundamentals of breathing, resonance, and vowel sounds. If enrollment permits, the class will be sectioned as to background and ability.

PSVC-232

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All except voice principals
Prerequisites: PSVC-231
Department Code: VOICE

A continuation of PSVC-231. Within the class, students will be encouraged to work on individual vocal styles, which may include performing original material and self-accompanied song materials while incorporating learned vocal techniques as assigned by the instructor. There will be periodic directed study for students to work on individualized vocal work. Final performance at the end of each semester.

PSVC-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals or MUED majors
Prerequisites: PSVC-110 and written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: VOICE

This course is an introductory class designed to guide advanced upper-semester voice students interested in learning effective teaching skills as a private voice teacher. Students will be directed in vocal technique and how to structure a lesson. As part of the class, students will work individually with a private student under the direction of the course instructor. Basic keyboard skills are recommended.

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