A course focused on all aspects of artistic and business development, organization, and learning required skills and techniques for creating and operating a successful professional-level event and general business band. This class also includes a performance component. This course meets once weekly for two hours. Techniques taught include how to form a general business band, marketing and production skills, demos, auditioning and showcases, repertoire development, staging, movement, audience communication, and effective organizational behaviors and business development as applied to a professional performance setting. Each week’s class will include a general business lecture component and a performance component in an ensemble-like setting. As part of the class, students will practice performing on their instrument in a setting designed to simulate the practices and techniques required in the professional general business band environment. Assignments will be tailored to build on knowledge and gain skills in important aspects of founding, directing, marketing, and operating effective performing groups.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of finance. Various techniques of analysis that reveal the relationships of risk, return, and value are demonstrated. Topics include financial analysis, reporting and planning, long- and short-term forecasting, the time value of money, managing working capital, capital budgeting, and the nature of corporate securities and capital structure.
This course will provide a strategic, step-by-step process to producing a fully customized plan for marketing one’s music and career as a serious DIY musician while taking advantage of new technologies to independently build awareness. This course teaches students complete marketing process from vision through execution utilizing fundamental concepts employed by top innovative companies, while encouraging students to find their creative niche, and uphold their artistic vision. Topics include an integrated mix of online and offline strategies that extend beyond just the traditional marketing methods and the latest Internet and social media promotion tips.
This course develops students’ awareness and provides hands-on, real-world experiences of music and entertainment as a business. Students will conduct self-directed research into their future career path in addition to developing and applying strategies for independent music success. Areas covered include (but are not limited to) research, resources and techniques used in making the transition from college to career, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and self-presentation skills (written and verbal), digital marketing and social media techniques, networking in a new music economy, leveraging opportunity, copyright, performing rights organizations, financial management, and general business techniques (contracts, negotiating, intermediaries). Business development planning will also be discussed and applied.
This class is designed to offer fundamentals of movement and dance for musicians. Each session includes a brief warm up followed by a dance combination and/or work on body awareness, coordination, use of time and space, development of internal pulse, and stage presence, etc. No prior dance experience is necessary. The class may be repeated for additional credit.
This class meets for 2 hours each week dividing class time into two equal segments where the instructor lectures, taking students on a chronological tour of the significant events in Marley's life with an emphasis on discovering Marley's radical yet positive sociopolitical message and relating it to current events in our time. The second segment of the class is spent learning the musical subtleties of the roots reggae style and preparing arrangements of 7-10 Marley compositions for performance. Watch for posters and electronic announcements online.
This multipurpose course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students will perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. All ensemble combinations are explored (e.g., full ensemble, trios, duets, and solos).
This multipurpose course is a continuation of Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1, and provides a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. Students are exposed to a wide variety of improvisational music through required listening sessions in and out of class.
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience for the performance major. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a project/portfolio. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the appropriate Performance Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.
This course is a high-level playing class that explores the various melodic roles of the instruments. Course materials and instruction address how to construct and improvise pattern-organized melody lines on the chord progressions of standard jazz songs using symmetric scales, chord couplings, interval patterns, and melodic cells. Emphasis is placed upon students learning how to practice and perform music that includes the techniques learned in the classroom and from the recommended reading.
This course is a seminar style assembly for the student body of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The objective of the Global Jazz Forum is community learning and critical thinking in interdisciplinary aesthetics. The Global Jazz Forum hosts and presents students' special musical projects, BGJI Artists in Residence, and BGJI faculty workshops, as well as special topic presentations from faculty of the Performance Division, Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments. The Global Jazz Forum grade will be reflected in the BGJI Ensemble evaluation.
The course is a project-based, experiential learning exercise that will arm students with powerful tools and strategies in music production. Artist identity, vision and intention will provide direction for a recording project that will give students first-hand experience in the preproduction, recording and mixing process. Recording sessions will take place in a variety of venues, from professional recording studios with a large-format console, to project studios, to home recording set ups. Students explore the ways that the recording process can best serve their own professional and artistic goals, while collaborating with musicians and engineers.