January 9–13, 2017
Taught by teachers from Berklee and organized by the initiative of the Gabonese Republic, these workshops are designed to foster the discovery and study of performance techniques in contemporary music. These workshops are for all musicians—instrumentalists and vocalists alike—from classical to traditional who are interested in developing the skills to be well-rounded contemporary musicians. The program is open to applicants from any African nation who meet the eligibility requirements.
The program will present classes in lecture and master class formats on topics such as instrumental and vocal technique, improvisation, and harmony. Students will then apply these skills in ensembles and special lectures.
Translators will be available for all classes. Students must be from an African nation, must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and must have been playing or singing for a minimum of six months to attend the program.
This workshop is graciously supported by the Gabonese Republic and is free to students who are admitted.
What's the program like?
Classes may include the following topics (note that accepted applicants will receive a complete schedule upon registration for the program):
- Harmony, covering how to use contemporary harmony and chord scales to enhance performance, improvisations, comping, and writing skills
- Instrumental technique, covering the technical study of a specific instrument including insights into practicing and improvisation
- Ensembles, covering the application of the skills learned in lecture classes in the ensemble assigned, with a possible final showcase performance at the end of the program by selected students and faculty
- Special lectures/master classes on topics such as production, composition, arranging, or songwriting
Selection and Admission Information
Considering the limited population by instrument, participants will be selected based on an evaluation of their application, which may be completed on the African Music Institute website.
All applicants are strongly advised to submit supporting material demonstrating their musical experience and abilities. The preferred format is links to audio or video clips that demonstrate musical abilities.
This program is free to students who are admitted.