The Indian Music Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Indian music. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
The Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Middle Eastern and flamenco Music. This course is part of a team-taught class between Middle Eastern and flamenco styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
The Balkan Choir explores music from the Balkan region of Eastern Europe. This ensemble studies traditional and contemporary songs and their cultural context. Additional rehearsal time may be required outside of scheduled class meetings.
The African Strings Ensemble explores string based/influenced music from the African diaspora. Students explore rhythmic, melodic, singing and cultural traditions. Additional rehearsals may be required outside of scheduled class meetings.
Qantara Berklee is an ensemble that blends Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music to transcend the boundaries of genre and geography. Qantara means arch in Arabic, and this ensemble provides students an entryway to these musical cultures. Students in this ensemble will develop their instrumental, aural, and improvisational skills in this unique context at the same time as understanding how to fuse different modes, rhythms, and compositional concepts to create a cross-cultural ensemble.
Development of ensemble group-playing skills, focusing on the roles of the guitarist. Development of melodic performance, rhythm guitar/accompaniment techniques, and improvisation in an ensemble setting. Material will be learned through use of recordings and call-and-response techniques as well as written music materials. Instrumentation: six electric guitars, bass, and drums.
Performing groups for guitar principals. Offered in stylistically delineated sections, including jazz, rock, metal, acoustic pop, funk, fusion, and blues, this course focuses on development of performance skills in the specified style. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.
This ensemble will aid the student in performing in a jazz trio setting of guitar, acoustic bass, and drum set. Topics will range from idiomatic introductions and endings; challenging standard tunes/melodies; single note, octave, and chord soloing; soloing in double stops; solo introductions (rubato and in tempo); trading fours; comping for bass solos; reharmonization considerations; modulation/transposition for variation of color; fingerstyle/pick considerations; and attaining a good sound.
An ensemble for aspiring classical guitarists of all levels, based on the traditional repertoire class, where standard and lesser-known works of guitar literature are performed, coached, and discussed. Students will regularly perform level-appropriate pieces agreed upon with the instructor, and through these performances, the class will provide a survey of guitar literature. Coaching will cover issues of classical guitar performance such as tone, technique, musicality, interpretation, and style. The course will also include study of major classical guitarists and their recordings.
An intermediate level ensemble focusing on the rehearsal, recording, and performance of literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.
In-depth approach to guitar performance, with each section of the course dedicated to signature repertoire and vocabulary of specific artists. Students will focus on the artist's harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic styles. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.
Sight-reading and performing more advanced literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.