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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course introduces students to the world of new flamenco through a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach using contemporary Spanish music, rhythms, and musical vocabulary rooted in flamenco palos (musical forms), fused with the language of jazz, and informed by the history of the flamenco art form. Students will learn how to use flamenco rhythms and harmonic language and apply them to their improvisational techniques. In addition to rhythm and palos, students explore beat accentuation, articulation and phrasing, lyrics, clapping, and repertoire, as well as the role of the instrument as an accompaniment for singers and dancers.
Students will learn the philosophical and musical approaches to song reharmonization used by premiere gospel musicians such as Cory Henry, Glenn Gibson Jr., Michael Bereal, and other infuential artists. Students will understand the mindset and musical principles that govern gospel reharmonization and gain confidence in reharmonizing songs.
This course will teach students the stylistic and unique musical elements of various gospel music styles, such as: praise songs, traditional gospel songs, hymns, contemporary gospel music, CCM/worship, neo-soul gospel, choir jams, and talk music. Students will learn specific performance techniques for each style.
This course explores keyboard techniques, skills, and performance practices specific to musical theater. Students will examine multiple aspects of theater keyboard techniques, including style and feel elements, accompanying singers, leading ensembles from the keyboard, sight-reading, transposing, and developing a critical eye when analyzing various forms of printed music.
In this course, students are presented with the opportunity to explore their cultural and artistic background and consider the unique musical elements therein they can include in their work. Students will select music themes from world/folk, classical, jazz, rock, R&B, and other styles. Each student will create lead sheets of their arrangements and perform them in class accompanied by a rhythm section. Students may also choose to present original music influenced by some of the above-mentioned styles. The class will discuss variety of possible interpretations and ways to improvise on each piece considering the stylistic characteristics of today’s jazz and contemporary music. The instructor will provide audio examples and sheet music demonstrating themes from different genres used in jazz and contemporary music and engage students in thoughtful reflection about each example. A resource of lead sheets will be available to students to use for their work.
In this class, students will study, imitate, and innovate upon the melodic interpretation, harmonic construction, and the unparalleled syncopation of one of the worlds most innovative pianists/composers and original icons, Thelonious Sphere Monk.
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.