Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

PIWD-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-211
Department: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 woodwind.

PIWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-212
Department: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 woodwind.

PIWD-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-311
Department: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 woodwind.

PIWD-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-312
Department: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 woodwind.

PIWD-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-411
Department: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 woodwind.

PIWD-XXX

Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All woodwind principals
Prerequisites:
Department: WWND
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 Woodwinds Department instruction emphasizes a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance. This includes the basics—breathing, embouchure, articulation—as well as theoretical studies involving scales, chords, arpeggios, and repertoire. In addition, advanced styles, improvisation, and interpretation are studied.

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

PM-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

This course will address student adjustment to the experiences associated with an urban college: self-direction and learning, time management, decision-making, problem-solving, personal issues, and sensitivity toward diversity. Upon completion of the course students will be familiar with campus life, available support services, academic expectations, faculty roles, social responsibility, and study/practice technique.

PM-230

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: PROM majors
Prerequisites: Moderate typing skills strongly recommended
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

A course designed to familiarize Professional Music majors with the fundamentals of computer theory and operation, using the Apple Macintosh platform. Hands-on instruction will include word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database applications. Students will have access to the Professional Education Division technology facility for class and individual practice.

PM-310

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

Overview of the financial planning process, including budgeting, risk management, taxes, retirement planning, estate planning, and investments.

PM-320

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PM-310
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on the personal investment portfolio. Review of securities such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments, along with principles of portfolio management, will be included. Goals, objectives, risk tolerance, and time constraints will determine the strategy that is used to build a portfolio of mutual funds, stocks, or bonds. Review of events in today's dynamic and complex markets will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to interest rates and their impact on securities.

PM-330

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Private instruction level 4
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

Aspects of private studio teaching including pedagogy, literature, technology, and business considerations. Philosophy and attitudes essential to the successful private instructor. Choosing appropriate methods and materials. Overview of new technological resources for the private teacher.

PM-340

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: PROM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIXX-211
Department: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

A detailed overview of how to successfully start and grow a music-related business as an artist-entrepreneur, from initial idea and planning to effectively managing and marketing your company. A primary course outcome will be imagining a business idea expressed as a written business plan.

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