Ensemble Courses

ENGB-301

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus
In this course students will study and perform the music of the Caribbean, including the following artists: Tito Puente, Destra Garcia, Kassav', Jam Band, Elli Matt, Sara Tavares, and many more. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. 

ENGB-400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An advanced performance ensemble geared towards experimenting with different musical styles, traditional and contemporary, from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, including Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, Algerian, Bulgarian, and Gypsy traditional styles (e.g. muwashshah, sama'i, kopanitsa). Listening will include traditional artists (e.g. Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Sayed Darwish, Selim Sesler), as well as fusion artists who have successfully blended these traditional styles with more contemporary sounds and concepts (e.g. Simon Shaheen, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Bustan Abraham, Erkan Oğur, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, The NY Gypsy All-Stars, Laço Tayfa). Students will be exposed to a diverse repertoire, with a focus on odd meters and traditional rhythmic cycles (7/8, 10/8, etc.), as well as traditional Arabic modes and their place in contemporary composition and improvisation.

ENGB-401

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

In this class we will experiment with microtonal arrangements of Western classical, Middle Eastern and other non-Western and jazz/fusion compositions. Joe Maneri's 72 equal temperament octave notation system will be explained. We will start with a selection from the following compositions: Eclipse (Mingus); Madoka Blue (Fiuczynski); Carrillo quarter tone string quartets; Hába quarter tone ‚études; Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese melodies; Beethoven fragments; MoonRing (3/4 tone diminished mode); and Apprehension (Fiuczynski). Students will have a working knowledge of notation, Western classical microtonal history, intonation, and ways of soloing and comping in a microtonal chord scale context. We will also experiment with dance hall, drum 'n' bass, reggaeton, merengueton, house, 2-step, 32nd note hi-hat grooves, hip-hop, go-go, clipped and bounce beats, and new experimental beats created by students.

ENGB-402

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Vocal Music of South Africa ensemble will study perform the music of African contemporary artists. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience performing popular and traditional African songs. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENGB-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Indian Music Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Indian music. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENGB-404

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Middle Eastern and flamenco Music. This course is part of a team-taught class between Middle Eastern and flamenco styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENGB-405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Balkan Choir explores music from the Balkan region of Eastern Europe. This ensemble studies traditional and contemporary songs and their cultural context. Additional rehearsal time may be required outside of scheduled class meetings. 

ENGB-406

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The African Strings Ensemble explores string based/influenced music from the African diaspora. Students explore rhythmic, melodic, singing and cultural traditions. Additional rehearsals may be required outside of scheduled class meetings.

 

ENGB-P211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Qantara Berklee is an ensemble that blends Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music to transcend the boundaries of genre and geography. Qantara means arch in Arabic, and this ensemble provides students an entryway to these musical cultures. Students in this ensemble will develop their instrumental, aural, and improvisational skills in this unique context at the same time as understanding how to fuse different modes, rhythms, and compositional concepts to create a cross-cultural ensemble.

ENJZ-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Level 3 Small Band Jazz ensemble will study and perform jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing standard jazz arrangements with special attention to the swing feel, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of Elvin Jones ensemble will focus on the work of legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones as featured with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, and many others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and entertaining. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-202

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Level 3 Smooth Jazz ensemble will study and perform smooth jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing smooth jazz compositions, which involve contemporary grooves such as R&B, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and Latin. Additionally, students will be introduced to the use of jazz vocabulary in the context of the smooth jazz genre. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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