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ENVC-423

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-123 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced R&B vocal performance ensemble designed to prepare students for solo performance in ensembles and other performing venues within a specific song style. Vocalists will learn how to count off tempos of songs, microphone technique, song style and groove, communication with the accompanist, and lead sheet preparation.

ENVC-424

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ENVC-124 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced pop/rock/country performance vocal ensemble designed to prepare students for solo performance in ensembles and other performing venues within a specific song style. Vocalists will learn how to count off tempos of songs, microphone technique, song style and groove, communication with the accompanist, and lead sheet preparation.

ENVC-432

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

An intermediate to advanced creative vocal improvisation ensemble in which students learn to improvise melody, harmony, rhythm patterns, counterpoint, layering parts articulation, and vocal percussion in solo and small ensemble team formats. Vocalists will perform assigned repertoire incorporating learned improvisation techniques created by instructors.

ENVC-470

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

A full chorus designed to support the Musical Theater program. Students will work on choral repertoire in the American musical theatre idiom and perform in an end-of-semester musical and dramatic presentation.

ENVC-471

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on understanding and performing staged readings of new contemporary musical theater works in the professional setting. During the semester, students who have auditioned and been cast in the course will learn how to create and develop a character in the context of a staged reading. New works created by Berklee students, alumni, and faculty will be explored in this process. Students are required to learn the songs and scenes from the piece, analyze these songs from an acting perspective, and perform a staged reading in front of an audience.  The course requires a full commitment and focus, and is by audition only. Students are evaluated through weekly song performances, scene work, a graded midterm and final performance, character analysis, and through dialogue and presenting papers. There is a focus on the analysis of music and lyrics of the songs in these contemporary pieces. The focus begins with basic stage terminology and works toward creating a more detailed connection between analysis and performance. Students will gain a better understanding of how theater songs create and bring dramatic elements to life.

ENVC-472

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ENVC-470 and written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on the process and development of new musicals after completing the staged reading phase. During the semester, students who have auditioned and been cast in the course will learn how to create and develop a character in the context of a new musical workshop and how that differs from a staged reading or a full production. They will use improvisational techniques as well as traditional acting methods. This will be the second stage class that allows new works created by Berklee students, alumni, and faculty to be developed and explored.

After Berklee’s staged reading course is completed, the writers of the musical will regroup and offer suggestions for what the workshop class should focus on. Students are required to learn the songs and scenes from the new work that need to be revised, analyze these songs from an acting perspective, and perform them at public workshops in order to help with the development of the work. When given feedback, the writers will rewrite portions of the songs and scenes, and students will have the opportunity to learn and explore these changes as well. The course requires outside work with fellow actors and each week there will be a weekend lab that allows students to practice their scene work. Students are evaluated through weekly song performances, scene work, a graded midterm workshop performance and final performance, character analysis, and through dialogue and presenting papers.

There is a focus on a deeper analysis of music and lyrics of the songs in these contemporary pieces than in the staged reading class. Students will gain a more thorough understanding of how theater songs create and bring dramatic elements to life as well as how actors are an integral part of the development of new works.

ENVC-480

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

A vocal recording ensemble focusing on development of the performance skills necessary for effective functioning in the recording studio. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the studio as soloists and background singers.

ENWD-343

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on rehearsal and performance techniques of flute ensemble literature encompassing baroque, romantic, Latin, and world music for flutes. Emphasis is placed on sight-reading, interpretation, intonation, and ensemble playing as part of a flute section in flute choir music. The choir will have the opportunity to perform local outreach concerts. 

ENWD-351

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Rehearsal and performance of traditional literature for clarinets with an emphasis on reading and interpretation. Includes clarinet choir materials in three, four, and five parts.

ENWD-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4434
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A saxophone ensemble performing a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone.

ENWD-375

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5 (saxophone principals) or saxophone doubling abilities and written approval of course chair (non-saxophone principals)
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Students in this advanced saxophone quartet will focus primarily on preparing for performances, not on sight-reading. The quartet will perform pieces in a broad range of styles from jazz to classical to student and faculty originals.

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