Courses

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

CW-216

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112, HR-211, and either ET-211 or ET-231
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Inside Berklee Courses (Online)

Conceptualizing, writing, and producing vocals; contemporary writing and production techniques for vocal groups of different sizes; working with vocals in live situations versus the recording studio environment; writing background vocals above a band versus a cappella vocal writing. Creating vocal band effects will also be explored. Range considerations, timbre, vocal production, and notation for various size vocal groups; writing and production techniques and considerations for recording studio situations.

CW-217

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111, ET-112, and HR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

This course examines the folkloric music from Latin America that informs today's contemporary music. Topics include traditional musical styles, forms, instrumentation, arranging techniques, melody, and harmony. Folkloric music from the following countries is studied: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The course focuses on applications of these styles in contemporary arranging and composition.

CW-218

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111 and HR-211
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Composition of music for radio and television commercials. Emphasis on means of creating suitable product image. Working with, and alteration of, given lyrics. Some lyric writing. Determining proper instrumentations. Timing considerations.

CW-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

A study of rhythmic styles of contemporary salsa music, including characteristics of instrumentation and the unique clave rhythmic pattern. Specific rhythmic styles analyzed will include mambo, son montuno, guajiro, bomba, merengue, and songo, among others. Musical scores of Eddie Palmieri, Juan Luis Guerra, Oscar D'León, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, and many others will be analyzed. Students will create melodies as well as piano, guitar, bass, and percussion rhythmic patterns; they will write brass instrumental sections using the clave rhythmic pattern.

CW-227

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course examines the concepts and techniques of writing flamenco music, which is a vital and growing genre in contemporary music. The course covers the origins of the various styles of flamenco, their individual influences, primary composers of flamenco, overview of popular lyrics, and common composition and arranging techniques in flamenco styles. Students will investigate the various aspects of writing flamenco music: use of improvised structure; binary, ternary, and polyrhythm rhythmic styles; traditional harmonic approaches and concepts; melodic approaches; and the use of microtones. A variety of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations will be analyzed, including examples of contemporary compositions and new stylistic variations in flamenco that feature the use of electronics and flamenco without guitar. Students will create compositions and/or arrangements for a flamenco music ensemble.

CW-237

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Survey of the mallet, membrane, and accessory groups of the percussion instrument family. Demonstration and discussion of notation, range, techniques, and effects. Scores from Broadway shows and studio, orchestral, chamber, and solo pieces.

CW-247

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

A study of the flute, clarinet, and double reed families based on intensive listening, transcription, live demonstration, and composition. Compositions will include: visual imagery, storytelling, non-Western based concepts and forms, sound exchange, layering sound, and techniques for composition that include improvisation.

CW-255

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 or ET-232, HR-212, and either AR-112, CP-210
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Alternative approaches and concepts to writing that can be used in various aspects of songwriting, arranging, and composing for contemporary broadcast media, such as film and TV scores, that will supplement other writing approaches. Using compositional concepts pioneered by George Tremblay and Jack Smalley, the course explores writing techniques based on the use of the 12-tone row concept and the process of extracting consonant melodic components from the rows that are then applied to writing for contemporary musical styles and forms and commercial clients. Some writing projects will be realized through sequencing and live performance.

CW-257

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Study of orchestration in musical theater and the role of the orchestra in a theater piece. Students will arrange and orchestrate songs with a focus on supporting a vocalist, telling the story, and creating a theatrical sound. The class will explore how orchestration can be used as a dramatic element to establish a period, create a mood, and support the narrative. Written projects focus on typical instruments and ensembles used in various theatrical situations. Listening will include songs from a wide variety of musical theater recordings, with examples of piano scores and individual parts from shows.

CW-261

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR majors
Electable by: CWPR majors
Prerequisites: AR-112, ISKB-211 (non-piano principals), and CW-191
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The advanced student will learn to utilize digital audio workstations (DAW) to create arrangements of either original or existing musical elements. This course focuses on the creative use of technology in music production. Topics covered include signal flow of MIDI and audio signal within the DAW sound processing plugins, choosing appropriate sounds and combining elements from software synthesizers, alternate approaches to quantizing and refining rhythmic grooves, hybrid production techniques (audio and MIDI), use of the DAW for scoring to picture and basic synthesis techniques. In addition to using their own laptops in the Professional Writing Technology Lab students are expected to have the CWP major bundle.

CW-275

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111, HR-211, and CW-261
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Viewing music production from the writer's perspective, this course explores how knowledge of compositional elements including melody, harmony, arranging, and orchestration help provide the foundation and focus of contemporary production styles and techniques. Study and analysis of great producer/musicians will include George Martin, Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Don Was, Robert John Mutt Lange, and others. Focus will be on how producers utilize their background as accomplished musicians to create the aural landscape of the artists they produce. Course projects will include analysis papers on different producers in a variety of styles, and one recording project.

CW-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CW-211
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

An orchestration/arranging course that focuses on the techniques and concepts of writing for big band. Content also includes the arranging process and how to adapt and modify the musical elements of a composition into an effective arrangement. The course deals with notation, voicings, and combinations of the various sections comprising the large ensemble: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, selected woodwinds, and rhythm section. Extensive use of recorded examples and extracts from scores.

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