Designed for the pop/rock rhythm section player or instrumentalists, this course develops the skill of singing and playing simultaneously. All class members will be expected to sing and will learn to sing lead as well as background vocals while playing. Analysis of influential performers, including Elton John, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Sting, and Bruce Springsteen; in-class and end-of-semester performances.
Performance of music in various styles appropriate to general business jobs. Emphasis will be on learning and developing a varied repertoire (different jobs call for different music), and playing dinner music sets, dance sets, and different ceremonial music (weddings, etc.). The how-tos of handling the many different types of general business jobs: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, proms, banquets, etc. Music for the course will include songs from the '20s through the '90s.
A lecture/demonstration course designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary for effective performance presentation: movement, microphone technique, stage dress, in-depth examination of causes and controls of stage fright, rhythm development and internalization, and professional attitude and development. Recommended for instrumentalists and vocalists interested in developing on-stage performance presentation skills.
A production workshop for students to explore the technical aspects of theater, including stage management, lighting, scenery, props, sound, and projections. Students will gain practical experience in these areas through hands-on demonstrations, and will serve as the technical crew for Berklee’s theatrical productions.
This course will cover all aspects of being a musical director of a live concert presentation involving vocal music. Each student will be assigned to a specific faculty-directed concert (Jazz-Rock Ensemble, Singers Showcase, Recording Ensemble, etc.) as a production assistant to the concert and will write and conduct some of the music. May be of special interest to pianists and guitarists who have arranging skills.
A performance class for vocalists and instrumentalists interested in developing skills involved in live performance. In-class performances will be videotaped and critiqued for effectiveness in movement and presentation. All performances will be in a rock/pop band format; topics to be discussed include microphone and rehearsal techniques, lead sheet preparation, stage presence, and other activities necessary for effective live performance. Classes will present an end-of-semester final performance.
Continuation of PST-471. In-class performances will be videotaped and critiqued for effectiveness in movement and presentation. Topics to be discussed will include stage dress, MC techniques, stage setups, music and show programming, and other activities necessary for effective live performance. Classes will present an end-of-semester final performance.
A continuation of PST-351, this course further develops performance skills and is specifically directed at the self-accompanying singer/songwriter and small instrumental combinations (duets, trios, and quartets). Most of the course will be on stage and on mic. Course concentrations will include the writing and finding of artist-appropriate, high-quality songs and music, as well as extensive repertoire examination, participatory dance and choreography instruction, and discussion of expected professional bearing. All these skills will be combined to maximize marketing possibilities for the music we love to make.
Introductory fundamentals lab designed to address the basic elements of singing (e.g., breath management, intonation, tone quality, phrasing). Song materials will be selected in consultation with the private instructor. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment and videotaped in-class performance.
Improvement of English language pronunciation and articulation through the application of English language phonetics in pop, rock, and jazz vocal styles. Song delivery and stylistic interpretation; weekly listening examples; specific assignments in diction and lyrical interpretation; weekly class performance.
A workshop setting for vocalists that focuses on preparing for an audition and creating a portfolio of audition pieces useful in the present music industry. This course will help empower students with their choice of song materials, as well as develop each singer's individually centered self-image. Students will learn how to use the audition process to showcase individual artistry and gain a better understanding of the dynamics involved in the audition/interview process.
Instruction and practice in vocal production for the nonvoice principal. Designed to acquaint instrumentalists with the basics of singing and to improve their arranging/composition skills when writing for voice. Class participation with emphasis on fundamentals of breathing, resonance, and vowel sounds. If enrollment permits, the class will be sectioned as to background and ability.