Courses

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

AR-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111 or satisfactory placement score
Department Code: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course is a study of the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form as applied to the principles and techniques of writing and arranging for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, basic percussion). Students also study lead-lines for solo instruments, two horns (trumpet plus alto or tenor saxophone), and/or voice. Students focus on the conceptual process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. Students explore of the use and integration of MIDI technology and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and lead-line writing. Students also study various contemporary musical styles and the musical concepts that comprise them, including writing from the "bottom up" (groove-driven) and "top down" (working with a melody in a lead instrument or voice). Students complete writing assignments that incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and MIDI instruments.

 

AR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR and JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111 and HR-112
Department Code: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

In this course, students study the properties of the trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trombone, and baritone saxophone. Students also explore the writing and arranging processes of standard and spread voicings, as well as approach techniques, melodic embellishment, and guide tone backgrounds. Students apply the writing processes to soli and background writing for two-, three-, four-, and five-part combinations of these instruments. It is recommended that CW-171 be taken by CWPR majors prior to enrolling in AR-112.

 

AR-201

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112 and HR-211
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Five- and six-part writing for instruments. Application of voicings in seconds, thirds, and fourths. Upper-structure triads, clusters, and other nonmechanical voicings derived from chord scales. Extensive score analysis.

AR-228

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

A comprehensive study of the evolution of jazz arranging and composition from the 1920s to the present. Score analysis of representative works by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and others. Extensive listening. Written arrangements not required.

AR-313

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or both CM-252 and CP-210
Department Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course analyzes orchestration for wind, string, and percussion groups as used at the secondary school level. Students explore principles of score layout and arranging for concert band and high school orchestra. Students apply this principles to the scores they create for instrumental ensembles at the secondary school level.

 

AR-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-371
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Development of individual writing creativity. Emphasis on the building of confidence in writing clear, memorable lead lines based on standard song forms. Discussions on the relationship of speech patterns to melody. Individual conferences with the instructor when necessary. Written projects required.

AR-328

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201 and HR-212
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

The arranging of original tunes combining both traditional jazz techniques and contemporary compositional concepts. Analysis of taped examples.

AR-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201, AR-228, and HR-212
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Methodology of big band arranging. Analysis of scores by classic and contemporary big band arrangers. Library assignments and class discussion. Written arrangements and score analysis projects required.

AR-340

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Jazz arranging techniques for the rhythm section and various small-group instrumental combinations of up to three horns (melodic voices). Emphasis on developing complete rhythm section sound (with or without winds) and advanced voicing techniques (including interval-based voicings, linear approach techniques, and constant structure).

AR-407

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-331 and CM-371
Department Code: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Extended applications of standard big band scoring techniques. Analysis of devices found in the compositions of major jazz writers.

AR-511

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Casey Driessen (Valencia) and Marco Pignataro (Boston)
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in all graduate programs
Electable by: All graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

In this course, students explore the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony and form as applied to the principles and techniques of writing and arranging for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, basic percussion) and a lead-line in a solo instrument, two horns (trumpet, alto or tenor sax) or voice. Students learn about the conceptualization process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. Students also learn various contemporary musical styles and the musical concepts that comprise them, including writing from the bottom up (groove-driven) and top down (working with a melody in a lead instrument or voice). Students will complete writing assignments that incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and/or MIDI instruments.

BPMI-401

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

The first of a three-course series within the Berklee Popular Music Institute, this experiential course provides students with the practical and analytical skills needed to develop a successful touring act chosen from among their fellow students. Students start with a&r, listening to submissions and evaluating both the artist's virtual presence and live performance. They then create an artist development plan, taking into account recording and production, web presence, visual identify, merchandise, brand partnerships, media relations, and touring. In addition to booking and planning a summer semester tour for their acts, students will attend industry conferences to network with professionals and hone their music business and management skills. 

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