Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
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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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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 Code: 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.

PM-375

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

Development of career goals from musical interests and aspirations, and behaviors that will foster and enable the transition from student to professional. Development of career-oriented communication and presentational skills.

PM-475

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: PROM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PM-P425 and minimum of sixth-semester standing
Department Code: PROM
Location: Boston Campus

A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their graduation project.

PM-476

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Hagon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: PROM majors
Prerequisites: PM-P425 and written approval of course chair
Department Code: PROM
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus, Inside Berklee Courses (Online), Blended (Campus + Online)

A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their final project. Students will develop an approach and timeline, self-evaluative criteria for assessment of their project upon completion, and gain an understanding of current and future trends in the music industry as they relate to both the final project and the student's broader career goals. This course is a remotely delivered version of the current PM-475 Professional Music Capstone Project.

PM-495

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

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in a retail, entrepreneurial, or corporate environment matched to the student's individual career goals. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Professional Music Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

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