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.
Brazilian and Latin Flute Lab
Study of characteristic rhythms, articulation, phrasing, and improvisation techniques necessary to perform and interpret music in various Latin styles. Creative and effective use of these skills in the student's own improvisational style.
Advanced Woodwind Sight-Reading Lab
A course for advanced woodwind students wishing to improve their sight-reading skills. Reading exercises will cover a wide range of styles including swing, bebop, funk, Latin, odd-meter jazz, and various studio styles. The course will draw heavily from the required text Creative Reading Studies by Joseph Viola. Other materials to be used include selected études, transcribed solos, and exercises designed by the instructor(s). The course will focus primarily on line reading, although exercises that target chord-change reading may also be included.
Saxophone Section Playing
Aspects and techniques of playing in a saxophone section within the big band context: lead playing, blending with the lead and with the brass section, and section soli playing.
Phrasing and Interpretation in the Classical Style
The art of phrasing is becoming a lost skill. What makes a good musical phrase? What makes musical interpretation convincing? With the advent of computer-generated files such as Finale, the ability to understand and notate the language of music is diminishing with each generation. Although it is classically based, the ability to translate notated music into a breathing phrase transcends style; interpretation is a critical element of good musicianship. In this class, students will learn the classical definition of phrasing, and use musical études to improve the execution of musical sentences. They will improve their understanding of scores and interpretation through the study and performance of written music.
Survey of Woodwind Styles
The analysis of the history of woodwind instruments (saxophone, flute, clarinet) in jazz. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players. The study of woodwind players including Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, John LaPorta, Gerry Mulligan, and others, through tapes, articles, and transcriptions.
R&B, Funk, and Smooth Jazz Saxophone Styles
The analysis of saxophone styles in the R&B lineage including players associated with smooth jazz, funk, blues, soul jazz, acid jazz, soul, pop, and fusion styles. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players including Earl Bostic, Grover Washington Jr., Red Prysock, Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, King Curtis, Kirk Whalum, Junior Walker, Maceo Parker, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Andy Snitzer, Gerald Albright, Ed Calle and others, through in-class playing, recordings, and transcriptions.
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