This course explores artistic expression through musical responses to poetry, dance, painting, film, photography, and other art forms. Through guided listening, viewing films and discussion, students learn to integrate the arts by preparing a performance. The class experiments and creates pieces to realize a synthesis of the arts. Artists to be examined include Paul Klee, Gunther Schuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Yo Yo Ma, and more. Collaborations among music students, dancers, writers, and visual artists are encouraged.
Humanities Topics courses enable students to choose from a variety of course themes that change each semester. Humanities topics courses are generally interdisciplinary and focus on the intersection of different approaches to studying a topic, culture or geographic region. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts.
This course provides film scoring majors and other students interested in sound for visual media with an introduction to how film makes visual and narrative meaning through the language of film, which includes camera, frame composition, lighting, production design, acting styles, editing, dialogue, plot, genre, themes, sound, and point of view. Students will learn to read and analyze film from a film studies perspective, and understand digital, 360 degree cinema, and virtual reality immersive experience within the context of film history. Written assignments and in-class activities will reinforce writing, reading, and oral communication skills, with the goal of strengthening students' abilities to communicate with directors.
In this course, students explore wellness practices that help nurture the potential for inspiration in performance. The course is both a laboratory for stepping out of the box with confidence in performance and a study of established wellness techniques. Students learn practice and wellness; how to demystify improvisation; they explore the science of sound impact on the body and they learn theories and practices of healthy performance. Students explore the following topics: embodying rhythm; authentically connecting with an audience; overcoming performance anxiety; and relaxing using Reiki, toning, and other forms of musical self-care. Students also develop skills that will enable them to explore the sources of their inspiration and creative expression.