Includes preparation of repertoire for the senior recital, which is the final project for performance majors.
Starting in conjunction with level three of their private instruction, performance majors take recital preparation classes to provide enhanced focus on repertoire and public performance on their principal instrument.
Stage management is crucial to all of the performing arts: theater, dance, music, opera, and other performance arts. This one-semester course will teach both the methods and principles behind stage management, demonstrating how to support a production while facilitating the work of directors, designers, artists, creators, and performers. In addition to teaching the specific technical skills necessary for each part of the production process, this course will address the intellectual and managerial skills that make stage management an art. A lab is required with this course, in which students work as crew or assistant stage managers on productions.
This course is offered at Boston Conservatory at Berklee under course number T-SK 79914.
In "calling a show" the stage manager coordinates technicians to effect changes in lighting, sound, stage set up, video or projections, flying elements, and special effects during performances. This course will teach calling skills for theatre, opera, dance, and performance art. The course will demonstrate the construction of cues and how they promote the artistic vision of the production. In-class work will give students opportunities for calling cues, and out-of-class assignments will include play reading and analysis as well as attending and writing analyses of professional performances.
This course is offered at Boston Conservatory at Berklee under course number T-SK 2051.
The first course in this non-consecutive series will teach students the basic principles of stage lighting for concerts, theater, and performance. Topics will include basic design principles, color theory, lighting control systems, drafting using CAD software, and the mechanics and optics of lighting instruments. Students will develop their design skills through projects and presentations, By preparing a complete lighting design, and writing a light show for a piece of music of their choice. By the end of the class, students will be able to plan, execute, and communicate an effective lighting design. Students are expected to provide materials as needed.
This course is offered at Boston Conservatory at Berklee under course number T-SK 79911-01.
The production manager coordinates all the elements of production and works both with artists and technicians to fulfill creative vision for all types of performance. To gain an understanding of the role of the successful production manager in the collaborative process we will develop knowledge of budgeting scheduling contracts, negotiation, touring, and unions. A stage management practicum is also required with this course, in which students work as crew or assistant stage managers on productions.
Negotiation is an art of every day life and an essential transaction of the business world. This course focuses on situational negotiation in various stage management scenarios. Understanding the different forms that negotiations can take, the different ways they can be approached, and the outcomes that can result allows the practitioner to engage in the negotiation with greater skill. This course will explore ways of interpreting negotiations so that students can have a road map for entering successfully into them, in business and in life. Students will engage in practice negotiations in class.
This course is a continued exploration of the art and process of lighting design for all types of theatrical performance. Topics will include stage composition; collaboration with other designers, directors, stage managers and performers; color theory, practice electricity, and lighting technology; advanced programming practice; and working as a design assistant. In order to gain first-hand understand of real world practices, students participate in site visits to productions in progress. Students are required to attend and critique professional productions away from campus.
The capstone experience of the stage management minor, the practicum allows students to assist with stage management on actual shows, whether concerts, events, theatre, dance, or opera. Students will work with stage management professionals in the art of facilitating and supporting performers and their work and will learn how to utilize the skills they have acquire in previous courses in the minor.
Designed to give an overview of the subject to the student contemplating a career as a songwriter or a career in music in which songwriting plays a major role. Topics include the importance of the song in the music industry, making a living as a songwriter, the relationship of words to music, song structure, and song demo production. This course should help some students decide whether songwriting is the right major for them and also help MB/M majors and MP&E majors understand how to listen critically to songs as well as help prepare them to be more knowledgeable in music publishing, A&R, and other song-related fields.
A Pro Tools course for students with intermediate DAW skills and interest in producing MIDI-based recordings. The students will be introduced to a more detailed look at Pro Tools using a wider array of shortcuts, and learn to implement recording techniques such as punch-ins, track comping and tuning, and step or loop MIDI recording. Students will also learn to use the Elastic Audio and Beat Detective features to quantize audio, and to integrate track grouping, submixes and networks of multiple sends and returns into their sessions. Students must be ready to demonstrate to the instructor their working knowledge of MIDI editing and some basic mixing experience using either Logic, DP or Reason during the first week of classes. Note: students are required to have a Pro Tools system installed on their laptops.
A Pro Tools course for the DAW beginner with no extensive experience with MIDI (perhaps some use of Garage Band). Students will learn the basic principles needed to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mixdown. The course will cover common situations such as recording live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, and audio looping, with lessons in configuring a session, creating and organizing, files and regions, importing files, setting up virtual instruments, creating fades, basic volume automation, etc. Note: Students are required to have a Pro Tools system installed on their laptops.