Brass Courses

PIBR-XXX

Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All brass principals
Prerequisites:
Department Code: BRASS
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 Brass Department at Berklee emphasizes a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance. This includes the basics—breathing, embouchure, articulation, valve or slide technique—as well as theoretical studies involving scales, chords, arpeggios, and repertoire. Students are encouraged to become versatile and skilled players in a variety of genres, as well as developing their own unique style and perspective.

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

RPBR-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-211
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPBR-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-211, RPBR-211 and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-212
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPBR-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-212 and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIBR-311
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.

RPBR-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIBR-311, RPBR-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-312
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.

RPBR-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-312, RPBR-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIBR-411
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.

RPBR-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIBR-411, RPBR-411, and PIBR-412
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the senior recital, which is the final project for performance majors.

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