This course is a survey of acoustical phenomena relating to music. The course includes an overview of the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation and room acoustics, sound level and its measurement, the human ear and perception, and tuning systems. Course material is directed toward the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomena in various contexts, including performance, writing, and music technology applications. Note: This is a required course for CWPR majors. ELPD and MPED majors are required to take either LMSC-208 or LMSC-209.
This course includes the study of basic vibrating systems and sound sources; sound outdoors and indoors (waves, echoes, and reverberation); sound transmission and noise reduction; sound reinforcement systems; room acoustics and vibration isolation; hearing and psychoacoustics; and acoustics of musical instruments. Note: This course does not fulfill the acoustics requirement for CWPR students. CWPR students must take LMSC-208. ELPD and MPED majors are required to take either LMSC-208 or LMSC-209.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of audio electronics. Students explore basic circuit theory and apply this knowledge to practical circuits that they encounter in musical applications. Students explore DC and AC signal flow; resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, and operational amplifiers; transmission lines; transformers; and power amplifiers. Students analyze and trace signal flow through several common audio circuits.
This course is designed to provide a scientific approach to issues of health and wellness necessary for the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sexuality, substance abuse, eating disorders, and the physical environment will be examined in the context of human physiology. Note: This course may be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.
In this course, students examine the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth's oceans. Students learn about the biological, chemical, physical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Students investigate the creatures that live in the ocean, including fish, marine mammals, and microscopic plants and animals. In addition, students examine waves, currents, and environmental aspects of the ocean, as well as the features of the sea floor. Through this course, students also explore the interaction between humans and the oceans, analyzing humanity's relationship with the sea.
Math/Science Topics courses enable students to choose from a variety of course topics that change each semester. Courses are designed to facilitate students' confidence in their mathematical and science abilities. Students will be encouraged to assess and analyze complex problems in a logical manner and to connect what they are learning to everyday life. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts.
In this course, students explore topics of current scientific interest through a series of lectures/discussions with experts in their respective fields. Students examine major areas of scientific relevance such as climate change, water/air pollution, medicine, nutrition, etc. Students explore how these topics have direct impact on their lives and evaluate media coverage of these issues. Exact topics will vary every semester, according to the guest lecturers' areas of expertise.
In this course, students explore the major natural disasters seen on the Earth. Students investigate the likely location of different types of disasters, the potential impact on society, and whether different types of disasters can be predicted. Students also learn about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, asteroid impacts, and more. Students compare the potential dangers of different hazards, evaluate media reports on natural disasters, and assess legislation on natural disasters. In addition, students investigate the ways that humans interact with nature and affect these disasters.
It is a commonplace that we make culture. However, in this class we will ask, how does culture make us? And what kind of us? In this course we will address the use of cultural technologies (including science and its other: nature) in the expression—or production—of the self in society. We will interrogate the ways that communication technologies (such as film, video, television, internet, cell phones, and media) fundamentally alter our relations to ourselves and each other. We will also examine science and nature as they inform, influence, and regulate our social relationships. Some of the questions that we will ask include: what are the ways in which our sense of self is transformed by the popularization of certain technologies? How do technologies shift our languages of the self? How does science redirect our understanding of the self in society? How do the metaphors of science change the ways that we think about our bodies and our identities? How does a revolutionized relationship with nature offer us ways to reconsider selfhood, sociality, politics, and ethics? How do we (not) comport ourselves toward the things being-in-the-world? How does a technology like Facebook both enable and inhibit the expression of our identities? Why do we obsessively watch each other—online, offline, proximately, and remotely? What are the dominant cultural myths of our time? How is the apparent opposition between self and other organized? The aim of the course is to develop a critical awareness of the effects of technology (including science and nature) on sociality. The horizon of this course is an understanding of the culture that we purport to make ourselves but which in fact makes us. But who, us?
In this course, students develop quantitative, graphic and verbal skills as they analyze data. Students learn to reduce data to its simplest and most representative expression, as well as to recognize data reduction and its implication and potential pitfalls. Students study the economics of the music industry in the United States and abroad. In addition, students learn to incorporate computer-enhanced data presentations into their own oral and written communications, and how to support research and experiments with data and statistics.
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.