Courses

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

ICE-P225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Don Gorder
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

The course provides an orientation on the various roles and stakeholders in today's new media industry, the traditional music business, and the performing arts industries. The course aims to also address specific matters related to dance and theater majors, and will dedicate course time to the broader performing arts and artistic nonprofit worlds. The course will emphasize a familiarity with the key players and roles in the music business and performing arts industries: managers, agents, theater producers, publishers, publicists, lawyers, record label executives, live music promoters, and arts administrators, as well as fundamentals of music publishing, licensing, copyright, royalties, patents, intellectual property, etc. Students will examine how a changing industry is resulting in new opportunities and roles in the music and performing arts industries, and what the factors of success are for a musical or theatrical brand. The class will also introduce to students case studies from a cross section of the creative industries including theater, TV, music, and artistic nonprofit worlds.

 

ICE-P325

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Don Gorder
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ICE-P125 and ICE-P225
Department Code: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

The purpose of this course is to educate students (musicians, dancers, actors) on the fundamentals of running themselves as a business and how to think as a startup. Students will learn the basics of accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance, as well as concepts such as relationship building, negotiating, developing an online presence, crowdfunding, and understanding basic online analytics and legal structures of business entities. In addition, the course will incorporate material around the areas of networking, developing relationships and promoting yourself online using platforms such as LinkedIn.

ICE-P425

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Don Gorder
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ICE-P125 and ICE-P225
Department Code: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

Have an idea for a business, product or service that you are serious, determined, and ready to launch now? Startup Lab is an intensive course in product or service design, development, and launching, which culminates with an end-of semester fair/exhibition to real-life customers, financial backers, and other business prospects. The class will be conducted at the coworking facility Workbar in Cambridge. Students taking the course will have the chance to use the facilities of Workbar every day after 6 p.m. and throughout the weekend in order to have a dedicated space to think through, develop, and experiment with their concepts—as well as be immersed in the real-life startups and entrepreneurs housed at the space.

Startup Lab is not about business plan writing—students will be challenged to imagine, prototype, test, iterate, build, price, market and launch a marketable product or service in under 15 weeks. There is no limit to what is considered a product or service: software startups, musical equipment products, publishing companies, or musical groups are all viable ideas for the Startup Lab.

This demanding, results-oriented class is open to students in all Berklee majors, and the diversity of projects and students in the class will offer the opportunity for cross-discipline collaboration, discussion, and learning with an emphasis on product/service design, go-to-market planning, continuous iteration, and customer testing that will challenge students’ creative and analytical minds.

Students taking the course will have the chance to interact with and learn from real-world entrepreneurs and visiting instructors from other universities such as MIT. This course is about the intense process of launching a product or service with each group being treated as a real, results-driven startup with real stakes and real pressures. This course is challenging and very demanding and therefore admission to the class will require both an online assessment and instructor interview.

ICE-P435

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Don Gorder
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

This course examines first-hand the ways in which technology is disrupting the new media industry, including how new tech platforms can be harnessed to impact the future of music consumption, and the impact of music on the adoption of new technologies. Students learn the product design process, and put their music-thinking skills into practice, by experiencing what it takes to conceive, design, and prototype an actual product in the new media industry. Students learn the process and methods for product design and development through researching and collaborating in interdisciplinary teams, with guidance from Berklee and MIT faculty, as well as industry leaders. Student teams build new music-related technological applications and products, and assess their work through open-ended questions and user observation. Students leave with hands-on experience on prototyping responsive solutions, and receive valuable feedback and coaching on their work through real-world industry partners.

ILBR-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

ILBR-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-111
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

ILBR-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on blues forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

ILBR-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-121 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on simple diatonic song forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

ILBR-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-112
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

ILBR-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-211 or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced Brass Reading Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced reading skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced reading skills required in contemporary music.

ILBR-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-122 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course continues the materials presented in ILBR-121 and ILBR-122, and applies them to improvising on blues forms and diatonic song forms in more advanced keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

ILBR-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced improvisational skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced improvisational abilities required in contemporary music.

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