Courses

PFSS-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

The study of the bass in the styles of Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, experimental, fusion, and others. In-depth analysis of the function of the bass as part of the rhythm section and as a solo voice. Some of the players heard and discussed are Pop Foster, Walter Page, Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, and Jaco Pastorius.

PIBS-111

Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 bass.

PIBS-112

Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-111
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 bass.

PIBS-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-112
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 bass.

PIBS-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-211
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 bass.

PIBS-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-212
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 bass.

PIBS-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-311
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 bass.

PIBS-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-312
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 bass.

PIBS-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-411
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 bass.

PIBS-XXX

Course Chair: Steven Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All bass principals
Prerequisites:
Department Code: BASS
Location:

Private instruction is part of the performance core for all Berklee students. Through private instruction, students develop proficiency on their principal instrument, synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles into musical interpretation, and synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture and instrumental technique into their daily practice routines. All Berklee students take private instruction levels one through four on their principal instruments. Performance majors continue on to do levels five through eight. 

The Bass Department at Berklee is committed to the primary role of the bass as being the mortar that locks rhythm to harmony and melody. However, students will also explore the development of the bass as a multi-timbral polyphonic instrument, capable of performing all musical functions including rhythm, harmony, and melody.

  • PIBS-111: Private Instruction 1 – Bass 
  • PIBS-112: Private Instruction 2 – Bass
  • PIBS-211: Private Instruction 3 – Bass
  • PIBS-212: Private Instruction 4 – Bass
  • PIBS-311: Private Instruction 5 – Bass
  • PIBS-312: Private Instruction 6 – Bass
  • PIBS-411: Private Instruction 7 – Bass
  • PIBS-412: Private Instruction 8 – Bass

PSBS-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Application of scales, modes, arpeggios, and passing tones to improvisation on the bass. Study of repertoire and recordings is utilized to discuss and analyze major bass styles and performers.

PSBS-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4, PIBS-211, or by audition
Department Code: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A systematic approach to forming well-defined bass lines. The topics covered include writing bass lines, outlining chord sound and approach techniques, rhythmic effects, broken time-feels, and the use of pedals. Students are required to demonstrate various topics by performing their written bass lines over given chord progressions.

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