Woodwinds Courses

The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated to be sure they consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Survey of Woodwind Styles, you will learn the history of your instrument and analyze its present-day challenges, and pursue an in-depth study of styles and techniques. Take a look at some of the courses you can experience as part of your study.

Advanced Woodwind Chamber Music

ENSB-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind and French horn principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4 or written approval of course chair
Department: WWND

Woodwind ensembles for advanced players (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and French horn) emphasizing the development of classical chamber music performance skills.

Flute Choir

ENWD-343

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

Rehearsal and performance of traditional literature for flutes with an emphasis on reading and interpretation including flute choir materials for three, four, and five parts.

Clarinet Choir

ENWD-351

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

Rehearsal and performance of traditional literature for clarinets with an emphasis on reading and interpretation. Includes clarinet choir materials in three, four, and five parts.

Saxophone Quartet

ENWD-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4434
Department: WWND

A saxophone ensemble performing a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone.

Advanced Performance Saxophone Quartet

ENWD-375

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5 (saxophone principals) or saxophone doubling abilities and written approval of course chair (non-saxophone principals)
Department: WWND

Students in this advanced saxophone quartet will focus primarily on preparing for performances, not on sight-reading. The quartet will perform pieces in a broad range of styles from jazz to classical to student and faculty originals.

Woodwind Lab – Techniques 1

ILWD-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

Woodwind Lab – Techniques 2

ILWD-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-111
Department: WWND

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

Woodwind Lab – Techniques 3

ILWD-113

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-112
Department: WWND

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

Woodwind Improvisation Lab 1

ILWD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department: WWND

A lab designed to give beginning and intermediate woodwind students hands-on experience with jazz nomenclature, chord scale relationships, basic woodwind jazz articulation, jazz vocabulary, and standard jazz repertoire. In-class playing assignments will give students practice in the application of theoretical, technical, and stylistic improvisational skills. The study and performance of selected transcribed solos will support learning of specific stylistic woodwind concepts.

Practice Routines for Flute

ILWD-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND

A lab focusing on efficient and effective practice to develop sound, technique, articulation, and other fundamentals. Approaches to difficult passages; customization and personalization of practice routines; how to avoid common mistakes in practicing. Scales, arpeggios, and chromatic exercises are approached combining classical and jazz performance orientations. Consideration of flute players in both fields and the application of color, dynamic range, vibrato, articulation, breathing, and tone development. In addition to the material provided by the instructor, students will bring their own choice of jazz and/or classical pieces to perform in class. Basic and advanced material will be covered.

Jazz Flute Lab

ILWD-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department: WWND

This course is designed to help the flutist develop a jazz style of playing through the study of various practice routines and the performance of standard jazz repertory. Students will perform on a weekly basis with sequenced practice routines and rhythm tracks of standard jazz tunes.

Woodwind Improvisation Lab 2

ILWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-113 or ILWD-211
Department: WWND

A continuation of ILWD-211 Woodwind Improvisational Lab 1, designed for the intermediate woodwind principal. Continued work with chord scales, jazz articulation, and standard jazz repertoire; study and performance of jazz solo transcriptions.

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