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ILPN-101

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Utilizing the latest technologies in Berklee's web-based learning environment, this blended (online and on-ground) piano lab is designed to develop reading and comping skills to support the role of the piano in the rhythm section. The focus is on strengthening the student's ability to read and interpret notation and chord symbols. Through the use of tunes that include a diverse range of styles and rhythmic feels, exercises to develop stylistically appropriate voicings, video clips to help students gain an understanding of the role of the pianist in the rhythm section, historical information on the development of styles over the 20th century and beyond, and listening assignments that expose the students to some of the most influential pianists, students will be better prepared to interpret and perform music at sight in ensembles and in other musical settings.

ILPN-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

ILPN-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-111 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN-111. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

ILPN-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-121 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN -121. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded materials for play-along purposes.

ILPN-213

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-113 and ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Practical training in the kind of reading and comping skills necessary for successful ensemble participation, such as introductions, endings, fills, notational practices, and style awareness. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-224

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN-122 emphasizing more advanced voicing techniques. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies, including rhythm, and the application of these techniques to the jazz idiom. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-227

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals and SONG majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-212 or PIPN-112
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Practical intermediate keyboard skills for self-accompanying vocalists and singer/songwriters. Focuses on rhythm, voicing, registration, and overall arrangement. Enhancement of individual performance skills and repertory through study and critiqued performance of musical examples drawn from appropriate contemporary styles.

ILPN-235

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

This course involves the in-depth study of upper structure triads (USTs) for all chord types and triad combinations. Content and exercises focus on the identification of triads for specific tension combinations as they apply to comping in a group setting. The use of USTs will also be introduced as a technique for harmonizing melodies in a solo piano/ trio format.

ILPN-236

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-235
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

This course involves the in-depth study of upper structure triads (USTs) for the use of melodic material for improvisation. All chord types and triad combinations are analyzed for the purpose of linear and harmonic improvisation. The recordings of Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, James Williams, and Chick Corea are played and analyzed as examples of USTs in linear and harmonic contexts. Emphasis is placed on UST combinations to voice lead through chord progressions in a linear fashion. USTs are applied as a technique for harmonizing melodies in solo piano and trio formats. The use of USTs as a compositional element is also explored.

ILPN-237

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-112 and ILPN-122, or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

A lab workshop specifically designed to improve the keyboardist's understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on the keyboard into various musical contexts. Students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will apply on the keyboard. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches of jazz performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, McCoy Tyner, and others; 20th-century composers, including Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Alberto Ginastera; and a variety of global music styles.

ILPN-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of pop music styles. There will be use of recorded material for play-along purposes.

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