Courses

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

ICE-P425

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Don Gorder
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ICE-P125 and ICE-P225
Department: MBUS
Location: Boston Campus

Have an idea for a business, product or service that you are serious, determined, and ready to launch now? Startup Lab is an intensive course in product or service design, development, and launching, which culminates with an end-of semester fair/exhibition to real-life customers, financial backers, and other business prospects. The class will be conducted at the coworking facility Workbar in Cambridge. Students taking the course will have the chance to use the facilities of Workbar every day after 6 p.m. and throughout the weekend in order to have a dedicated space to think through, develop, and experiment with their concepts—as well as be immersed in the real-life startups and entrepreneurs housed at the space.

Startup Lab is not about business plan writing—students will be challenged to imagine, prototype, test, iterate, build, price, market and launch a marketable product or service in under 15 weeks. There is no limit to what is considered a product or service: software startups, musical equipment products, publishing companies, or musical groups are all viable ideas for the Startup Lab.

This demanding, results-oriented class is open to students in all Berklee majors, and the diversity of projects and students in the class will offer the opportunity for cross-discipline collaboration, discussion, and learning with an emphasis on product/service design, go-to-market planning, continuous iteration, and customer testing that will challenge students’ creative and analytical minds.

Students taking the course will have the chance to interact with and learn from real-world entrepreneurs and visiting instructors from other universities such as MIT. This course is about the intense process of launching a product or service with each group being treated as a real, results-driven startup with real stakes and real pressures. This course is challenging and very demanding and therefore admission to the class will require both an online assessment and instructor interview.

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.

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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