Courses

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

GS-556

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti
Semesters Offered: Spring
Required of: None; elective course in CPGJ
Electable by: CPGJ graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus, Blended (Campus + Online)

In this course, students compare visual and musical art with a special focus on the essential features of avant-garde art forms and practices. Students explore how these forms and practices have evolved throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and into the twenty-first, analyzing how art forms outside of music inspire musical thinking and creation. Additionally, students discern how visual arts operate according to structural and poetic devices. Interpreting these devices as a sort of language, drawing parallels and comparisons among art forms that appear distinct, students explore the ethical implications of works of art and musical creations. Students also create sonic works that are based on visual art. They explore works of art and key philosophical texts, with the aim of sharpening their ability to see visual ideas in ways that relate to how they hear musical works. Students articulate major sea changes in how art itself has been conceived. They listen to musical compositions that are based on, or modeled after, specific works of art or poetry. In analyzing the many different ways in which musicians have responded to works of visual art in the near and distant past, students make connections among different art forms that exist today, and work toward creating new forms of interdisciplinary art and new ways of conceiving musical sound, structure, form, improvisation, and performance.

GS-560

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Krystal Banfield
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus

Through this seminar, music educators master principles and practices involved in teaching contemporary and popular music within in-school and out-of-school-time (OST) programs. Students especially examine best practice case studies, with significant attention given to the Berklee City Music® program, its PULSE® online teaching resource and its pedagogy. Students refine their own pedagogical skills, analyzing and applying principles of contemporary music instruction. Additionally, students apply technology, contemporary music repertoire and informal instruction techniques as they develop instructional plans and practice. Integrating principles of authentic cultural relevance and positive youth development into contemporary music instruction, students also gain experience with assessment tools and explore the best methods for assessing and documenting student learning and program progress. As they plan instruction using best practices as well as core, state and national standards, students develop as classroom and ensemble teachers, as well as educational leaders.

GS-595

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course for all graduate students
Electable by: All graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course provides students an opportunity to integrate professional and academic experience through internships. The internship site must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and/or the program director and must provide a learning experience that enables the student to meet academic and/or career goals. Through the internship, students apply theories learned in their graduate studies and explore aspects of the music, entertainment, and/or other industry as appropriate.

Please note: Students are responsible for securing their own internships. The internship must be secured prior to course registration. Students must complete approximately 100-300 hours during the internship. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from their International Student Advisor prior to beginning an internship. 

GS-627

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Marco Pignataro
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None; elective course for all graduate students
Electable by: All graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department: CPRF
Location: Boston Campus

In this genre-inclusive course, performing composers explore a palette of colors as they assemble ensembles to play their music. Students examine well-known performing composers from a variety of genres, such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Maria Schneider, and others, analyzing how they put together bands and wrote for specific musical personalities, choosing their instrumentation and performers to create a specific sound. Exploring these sounds and writing for unique musical personalities creates an intimate and meaningful dimension to the music, as well as a personal sound for the composer. Students listen to and analyze music from many genres and cultures, examining the various orchestrations and compositional techniques that help the performing composer create a signature sound. Students create their own works, developing compositional skills through writing, playing, listening, analyzing, transcribing, arranging, reading, and improvising. Students explore, compose, and improvise in a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, global, and classical. Topics of exploration include: melodic construction; rhythm; melodic and rhythmic counterpoint; harmony; instrumentation and arranging; musical form; use of non-musical sources as inspiration for composing; and the relationship between composition and improvisation. Students should be prepared to play their works for each other during each class session.

GS-697

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti
Semesters Offered: Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Post-master's students enroll in this program through an application process
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Fellows learn interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and creative work. They develop on their individual projects, working in close contact with their faculty mentor. They explore various concepts of creativity, aesthetics, and scholarship, with a focus on developing their own project. Students learn to critique each other as they present their own work to other fellows and to the college feedback and advice. Joining this discussion with fellows will be guest lecturers and artists-in-residence from a variety of diverse backgrounds: performers, composers, scholars in liberal arts, music educators, music therapists, and more.

GS-698

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Post-master's students enroll in this program through an application process
Prerequisites: GS-697 and written approval of course chair
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Seminar 2 continues the learning in Seminar 1. Fellows learn more about interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and creative work. They develop on their individual projects, working in close contact with their faculty mentor. They explore various concepts of creativity, aesthetics, and scholarship, with a focus on developing their own project. Students learn to critique each other as they present their own work to other fellows and to the college feedback and advice. Joining this discussion with fellows will be guest lecturers and artists-in-residence from a variety of diverse backgrounds: performers, composers, scholars in liberal arts, music educators, music therapists, and more. 

GS-699

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti
Semesters Offered: Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Post-master's students enroll in this program through an application process
Prerequisites: GS-698 and written approval of course chair
Department: GRST
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Seminar 3 continues the learning in Seminar 2, and requires that fellows complete their projects. Fellows apply interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and creative work. They complete on their individual projects, working in close contact with their faculty mentor. They explore various concepts of creativity, aesthetics, and scholarship, with a focus on developing their own project. Students learn to critique each other as they present their own work to other fellows and to the college feedback and advice. Joining this discussion with fellows will be guest lecturers and artists-in-residence from a variety of diverse backgrounds: performers, composers, scholars in liberal arts, music educators, music therapists, and more. 

HR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111
Department: HARM
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course is a continued exploration of major key harmony, particularly secondary and extended dominant relationships. Additionally, students continue to study melodic construction and motif development. Students learn principles of linear harmonic continuity and guide tone lines; minor key harmony; subdominant minor; blues theory and chord progressions. Students also learn melodic rhythm, form, and melody/harmony relationship.

 

HR-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-112
Department: HARM
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Students continue their analysis and application of major and minor key harmony; elaboration of subdominant minor and modal interchange; and chord scale theory. Students review melodic construction and the melody/harmony relationship. They also review the individual note analysis of melodies. The course introduces substitute dominant and related II-7 chords, diminished chord patterns, and modulation.

 

HR-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-211
Department: HARM
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course provides continued study of principles of modern chord progression, particularly deceptive resolutions of secondary dominants, dominant seventh chords without dominant function, and contiguous dominant motion. Students examine melodic construction, form, and melody/harmony relationship; modal interchange; pedal point and ostinato; modal harmony and modal composition; compound chords; and constant structures.

 

HR-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-211
Department: HARM
Location: Boston Campus

Identification and analysis of rock harmonies and melodies. Examples from the mid-1950s to the present day will be studied. Pentatonic and diatonic harmony, linear/open harmony, modulation, and classic rock chord patterns will be included. Emphasis will be placed on harmonic dictation.

HR-241

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-211
Department: HARM
Location: Boston Campus

A study of how harmony interacts with melody, lyric, rhythm, style, and form in Brazilian popular song, accomplished through examining the works of the principal songwriters of three major styles of Brazilian popular music: samba, bossa nova, and MPB (musica popular Brasiliera).

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