The course explores the rhythmic and harmonic/melodic vocabulary in Afro-Cuban piano improvisation. Phrasing with the clave is a main focus of the course. Percussion instrument patterns are explored in-depth as they relate to the clave and influence the role of the piano. Percussion (quinto) solos are analyzed and compared to piano solos. Broad exposure to a variety of piano solos will reveal typical elements of the idiom.
A performance lab intended for keyboardists with little or no experience in improvisation. Instructional focus is on understanding of materials of improvisation both theoretically and aurally, and assimilating these materials into established musical forms and styles. Learning methods include playing with tapes and MIDI sequences, various call-and-response activities, and writing, performing, and analyzing improvisations.
Material to be covered includes scales, scale patterns, diatonic chords, available tensions, triads, seventh chords, guide tones, simple voicing techniques, and sight-reading lead sheets (melody/chord symbols).
An organized approach to establishing a thorough foundation of knowledge and proficiency in keyboard for the study of jazz harmony, improvisation, and composition. A continuation of ILPN-271. Material to be covered: additional exercises in scale patterns, diatonic sevenths in inversions, seventh chord inversions, harmonic tensions, voice leading, and sight-reading of lead sheets (melody/chord symbols). Designed for pianists and other instrumentalists who want to develop keyboard skills.
An organized approach to develop a thorough knowledge of common harmonic vocabulary used in contemporary jazz harmony, arranging, and composition. Foundation materials established in ILPN-271 and ILPN-272 are applied to one-handed and two-handed voicings through construction and supportive exercises. Designed for pianists and other instrumentalists who want to further develop keyboard skills.
Instrumental lab for piano principals emphasizing fundamental techniques and skills involved in playing the Hammond organ in predominant contemporary styles, including jazz, R&B, blues, rock, and funk. Study of recorded examples and transcriptions of influential performers.
Instrumental lab for piano principals emphasizing techniques of playing the Hammond B3 organ in blues styles. Analysis and performance of blues and blues-related music including gospel, jazz blues, and soul.
Instrumental lab for piano principals emphasizing techniques of playing the Hammond organ in rock styles. Study of recorded material and transcriptions of influential players; in-class recording.
Continued study of specific techniques for Hammond organ learned in ILPN-335, Hammond Organ Techniques. Greater emphasis on left-hand bass and foot-pedal bass. Exploration of the role of organ in a variety of settings, including jazz organ trio, rock band, acid jam band, gospel choir, and recording studio.
An advanced instrumental lab for pianists that focuses on traditional and 20th-century literature for two pianos, four hands.
The study and performance of traditionally notated accompaniments for music in a wide variety of styles serving to enhance performances and rehearsal skills, as well as broaden professional opportunities. Styles include opera, art songs, choral compositions and arrangements, and Broadway musicals.
Utilizing the latest technologies in Berklee's web-based learning environment, this blended (online and on-ground) piano lab is designed to develop reading and comping skills to support the role of the piano in the rhythm section. The focus is on strengthening the student's ability to read and interpret notation and chord symbols. Through the use of tunes that include a diverse range of styles and rhythmic feels, exercises to develop stylistically appropriate voicings, video clips to help students gain an understanding of the role of the pianist in the rhythm section, historical information on the development of styles over the 20th century and beyond, and listening assignments that expose the students to some of the most influential pianists, students will be better prepared to interpret and perform music at sight in ensembles and in other musical settings.