An advanced study of writing in a variety of Latin styles, including modern and traditional orchestration concepts, style-specific aspects of form and structure, score analysis, score and part preparation, and production tips that will give the composer, arranger, or orchestrator the proper tools to get the best results either in the studio or in a live performance. Styles covered include mambo, guaguancó, bomba, timba, bolero, danzón, tango reggae, samba, and partido alto. Students will create arrangements of existing works and original pieces for a variety of ensembles of different sizes and instrumentation.
This course presents an expanded development of material introduced in CW-216. Important concepts include: production and direction of vocal rehearsals and recording sessions; advanced production techniques including layering, stacking, compressing and mixing vocal tracks; study of diverse song styles and musical concepts that comprise them; observation of text/language and cultural influence in relation to vocal writing; further development of multi-part background writing; more refined utilization of harmonic tensions and reharmonization. Rubato and groove-oriented a cappella techniques will also be explored.
A brass quintet that performs a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music. Instrumentation: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.
This course is designed to focus on vocal performance for brass principals. Students may or may not have experience as vocalists. All classes will be geared towards the styles the individuals are interested in, emphasizing both singing and playing. Students will be asked to learn and perform new songs each week with the main emphasis being on the selection of correct keys, tempos, and styles. There will be a comparative analysis between vocal and instrumental phrasing, improvisation, and physiology. Students will also be exposed to performers who have been recognized and respected as both singers and horn players.
In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.
In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.
Large vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music stretching through a wide range of music genres. In this course, students will participate in weekly rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Concert performances during the fall and spring semesters.
The Women's Concert Choir is a choral group consisting of 12-40 women. Students will learn part-singing, blending, intonation, reading, and memorization through the repertoire, which will range from the standard classical choral repertoire to arrangements of musical theater works. A performance will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Voice principals and non-voice principals are eligible to audition.
The Improvisation for Classical Musicians ensemble is a small group of instrumentalists that will play traditional chamber music with a twist by adding improvisational techniques. The students will partake in weekly rehearsals, as well as end of the semester performances. Emphasis will be given to hearing, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
The Contemporary Orchestra features Berklee's student performers, composers, and conductors through the use of standard repertoire, film, multimedia, and sound. Works of major 20th-century composers, as well as Berklee students and faculty, will be programmed. Student performers will gain experience in orchestral auditions and have the opportunity to be featured as soloists. This ensemble meets two times per week; the second weekly meeting will be used for workshops.
Mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles are formed to study and perform chamber music by 20th-century composers including Luciano Berio, John Corgliano, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and others. Using their own parts from the preselected repertoire, students will individually practice and master performance skills and musicianship, then rehearse in the larger group in preparation for an end-of-semester recital.
The Art Music of Black Composers ensemble will study and perform the richness of America's roots music traditions. The students will study all types of black composers stretching from roots music all the way to modern-day pop.