Courses

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

ENJZ-407

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Contemporary Jazz ensemble is designed for high level student performers who are focused on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This ensemble will perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz genre, which has been developed out of the jazz tradition and been influenced by world music and contemporary popular music. Additionally, the ensemble will perform previously performed and original contemporary jazz compositions by the teacher. Students will be encouraged to present their original contemporary jazz compositions as material to be performed by the ensemble. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-408

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Electric Jazz ensemble is designed for high level students performers that are interested in the use of electronic instruments and electronics in the jazz performance. This ensemble will perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz genre, which has been developed out of the jazz tradition and influenced by world music and contemporary popular music, including funk and rock. Additionally, the ensemble will perform previously performed and original contemporary jazz compositions by the teacher. Students will be encouraged to present their original contemporary jazz compositions as material to be performed by the ensemble. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-409

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Joe Henderson ensemble will study, arrange, and perform the music of Joe Henderson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the compositions of Joe Henderson. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-410

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Ornette Coleman ensemble will study and perform all forms of modern jazz, both with form and free form. The course will focus on the stylistic interpretation of jazz according to Ornette Coleman. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing this style of jazz through exercises and transcription. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Rainbow All-Stars ensemble is designed for high-level players interested in developing their ability to play in a big band. In this course students will study and perform classic arrangements from the Great American Songbook, as well as original arrangements written by Phil Wilson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance through a focus on intonation, phrasing, blending, and articulation. Emphasis will be given to hearing, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

ENJZ-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Art Blakey ensemble will study and perform the music of Art Blakey. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing, transcribing, and intensive listening. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-413

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Urban Outreach Orchestra will study and perform original arrangements provide by the teachers, as well as original arrangements and compositions of the students in the ensemble class. The focus of the class will be on performing original compositions written for a big band. Emphasis will be given to hearing, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Additionally, this group may be involved in performing in the surrounding communities.

ENJZ-414

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Jazz Composition ensemble will rehearse, record, and perform the 10-piece music of students from AR-328, Arranging for Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, along with music of the instructor. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance (intonation, phrasing, blending, and articulation) along with improvisational and comping skills (rhythm section). Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-415

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered:
Required of:
Electable by:
Prerequisites:
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

ENJZ-416

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Contemporary Small Band Jazz is designed for high-level student performers who are focused on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This ensemble will perform a wide range of jazz styles, including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, bebop, and contemporary jazz. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-P400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Ensemble Master Class is designed for high level jazz players that are interested in further developing their individual sound and the sound of their own ensemble or band. The course is a focused on a dynamic view of essential elements of a performing jazz artist, including what is means to be a jazz artist, how to present your music, how to engage an audience, programing, and band leading. Additionally, critical analysis and discussion of the musicality of the material performed in class will be included as part of the class.

ENLB-371

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating of 4 or higher
Department: ENS
Location:

A “recording orchestra” of 37 musicians, The Studio 1 Scoring Orchestra will integrate and improve orchestral performance skills in an actual Hollywood-style scoring stage setting. A collaboration between the Ensemble, MP&E and Film Scoring departments, the orchestra will meet in Studio 1 of the 160 Massachusetts Avenue building. Each week the ensemble will play music composed by professional film composers or Berklee Film Scoring students, and be recorded by Berklee students in related MP&E classes. Through participation in film scoring sessions in a state-of-the-art scoring stage venue, students will improve their overall efficiency of sight-reading, technique, rhythm (including click-track competency), intonation, articulation, style orientation, and ensemble-centered production (listening/response sensitivity).   

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