Courses

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

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: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

This course examines the ways that technology is disrupting the fields of health and music, and also explores how technology can be harnessed to accelerate discovery and development of new healthcare tools and applications. Students research and collaborate to build new technological applications involving music to improve health, especially in the areas of sleep, stress, and athletic performance. Students also assess the research landscape to identify open questions, as they learn from Berklee and MIT faculty and invited guest scholars about the science of sleep, stress, and music analysis. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with guidance from Sync, a leading, local startup in the music, health and technology industry, to gain hands-on experience with the set-up and execution of small scale research studies. Studies examine the effects of music, and facilitate the ideation of new product concepts in support of clinical and health applications of music.

ICE-P455

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

This course will be offered as a way for students to work with technology companies to explore the impact of new tech platforms such as a tablet computers on the future of music consumption; as well as the impact of music on the adoption of new technologies. This course teaches the process and methods for product design and development. The foundation is a sponsored project in which teams of students conceive, design, and prototype a physical product. The class is primarily intended for Berklee music business majors (particularly on the entrepreneurship and innovation track) and for students interested learning more about the product design process. The course is jointly taught with Berklee faculty and the Isabella, Inc. leadership team. 

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

ILBR-335

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

Students will be introduced to technology applications available for use by brass players in real-time performance situations. Emphasis will be on the use of technology as an extension of the instruments.

ILBR-P337

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

This course will explore the fundamentals on how to build a successful commercial brass section. Primary emphasis will be placed on the big band stylistic phrasing of Duke Ellington, to the modern day funk and R&B horn lines of Stevie Wonder; Tower of Power; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Al Jarreau; and more. Concentrated study of specific duties within the brass section will also apply to this course, i.e. lead playing, section playing, soloistic styles pertaining to specific genre, as well as proper usage of mute techniques. Emphasis of learning how to listen across the brass section via concentrated study of past and present recordings will also enable students to perceive and interpret section playing at an advanced to professional level.

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