Contemporary Writing & Production Courses
Individualized instruction in a specific area of Mediterranean music designed to provide students in the Mediterranean music minor the opportunity for highly focused, in-depth study in their particular area of interest. Students will select an instructor whose experience is most relevant to their area of interest and, in collaboration their instructor, determine the specific work and outcome of the course.
Exploration of the elements and concepts of music and how they combine and interact to create compositions and arrangements as applied to the rhythm section (guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums). Assignments will include creating and developing musical projects for the rhythm section based on the course topics.
A hands-on introduction to multimedia and a survey of available applications. Students will complete assignments in the integration of original music, voice-overs, and sound effects with supplied graphics and video examples. Examination of software applications in desktop synchronization for A/V, editing, and multimedia authoring. Study of media formats, storage, and archiving and retrieval techniques; the musician's role in collaborative multimedia projects; managing large volumes of data and compression strategies; and considerations of interactive aesthetics, consumer technologies, and industrial technologies.
Designed primarily for novice users of both notation software and music notation itself, but useful for all, this is a project based, hands-on, workshop type course designed to teach students immediately useful and practical applications of music software (primarily Finale) while bypassing unnecessary and complicated extra features. The curriculum and in-class activity format will have a particular emphasis on the development of skills and techniques which are immediately useful and applicable in helping students complete their assigned work in Berklee music writing courses, particularly those generally encountered by first and second year students. First-years in particular are encouraged to take the course so that they can benefit from acquiring extremely useful skills early in their Berklee career; skills which will then help them have greater success, and less frustration with notation right from the start. Additionally the curriculum of this course is designed to help students learn about the fundamentals of music through the use of notation software. This aspect will support and reinforce the curricula of harmony, theory, composition, and CWP courses in particular.
This course teaches students how to write and produce music using an iPad through interactive and hands-on activities and projects. They learn the tools, setups, techniques, and software required to write, produce, and mix music using the iPad. Students master the ultimate portable production studio from from synthesis and sound design to electronic distribution and sharing. Key topics include sequencing using native DAWs and software synthesizers, multitrack recording acoustic instruments, and mixing/mastering on the iPad. In addition they will learn how to distribute their tracks and collaborate through the cloud.