Clinics and Master Classes

CANCELED: Mike Posner Clinic

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Singer-songwriter and producer Mike Posner will do a presentation about songwriting, production, and the music business, followed by a brief Q&A and song reviews for selected students.

Posner's debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, included the top 10 single "Cooler Than Me" as well as "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow." He is also known for writing songs for big names such as Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and Snoop Dogg, among many others.

Admission: 
Free

Sound Design with Reason

Friday / January 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Reason has a great collection of synths, samplers, and effects that can be used to create unique sounds for film and games. In this workshop, we'll go over how you can get started with these tools and begin crafting your own sounds.

Admission: 
Free

Creative Scoring Techniques with Kontakt

Friday / February 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kontakt 5 is the latest version of Native Instruments advanced sampler loaded with lots of factory stocked samples but it is also a great tool for designing effects. Join us for a look into Kontakt 5 specifically for scoring techniques and unique ways of using this powerful sampler to get the desired results for film cues and special effects.

Admission: 
Free

Networking & Portfolio Creation

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us as Elise MacDonald of the Career Development Center, Emily Joseph from the Women's Film Initiative, and Learning Center Training Manager Blair Pershyn discuss preparing your portfolio as well as strategies for networking and building contacts. Get some ideas to put into action at our upcoming Connecting Sound & Picture networking event for music, sound, and visual media artists on Friday, February 13.

Admission: 
Free

Antonio Serrano: Playing with Paco

Monday / April 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Harmonica player Antonio Serrano will describe his musical journey with flamenco great Paco de Lucia. He will discuss de Lucia's legacy and effect on the music world. His unique perspective is sure to be interesting to flamenco fans as well as anyone who loves music.

Admission: 
Free

Antonio Serrano Performance Clinic

Wednesday / April 8, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Don't miss this clinic and performance by Mediterranean Music Institute visiting artist Antonio Serrano. Serrano will play harmonica with an ensemble of faculty and students, demonstrating how the harmonica is used in a variety of styles including flamenco, jazz, Latin, and world music.

Watch a clip from Antonio Serrano's clinic here:

Admission: 
Free

Scoring & Sound Design Contest 3 Kickoff

Thursday / January 29, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Learning Center will launch its annual Scoring & Sound Design Contest on January 29. This contest pairs Berklee film composers and sound designers together to create music and sound for a short film clip. This years clip comes to us courtesy of the animation department at the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the most prestigious schools for the arts in the country. This contest is a great opportunity for both new as well as seasoned film composers and sound designers to compete for prizes, further their skills, and meet others in their field. Full contest details to be unveiled at this event. 
 
 
Immediately following the contest launch, Film Scoring Chair George S. Clinton and Vice President for Curriculum and Program Innovation Jeanine Cowen will present The Art of Film Scoring and The Art of Sound Design using the contest clip as source material.
 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Shelby Lynne Clinic

Thursday / May 7, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been cancelled

Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne will give an informal talk about her career path, songwriting process, philosophy, and her record label, Everso Records. Lynne was awarded a Grammy for best new artist in 2001 and has released five full-length CDs.

Admission: 
Free

Thania Sanz

Monday / February 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Brazilian vocalist/guitarist and Berklee alumna Thania Sanz shares her insight and experience with Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free

Arnon Palty

Monday / February 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Arnon Palty
Image courtesy of the artist

Arnon Palty has been chair of the Bass Department at the Rimon School of Jazz in Israel for the last 15 years; he was assistant academic director from 1994 to 1996. Since 1992, he has taught bass and bass history survey classes along with traditional and jazz harmony, advanced ear training, arranging, improvisation, and both the Blood Sweat & Tears and Frank Zappa ensembles at Rimon. He received the outstanding lecturer award for the 2008–2009 academic year.

Palty has performed and recorded with jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, Didier Lockwood, Lee Konitz, and Terri Lyne Carrington, to name just a few, as well as with the Grateful Dead/Blues Project Reunion featuring Danny Kalb and British prog rock band Ordinary Listeners. Last year, an album dedicated to Palty's big band arrangement was released by the Dave Liebman Big Band via the Jazzis record label.

A Berklee alumnus, Palty got his master's degree in jazz composition and arranging from Manhattan School of Music and his Ph.D. in jazz harmony from Bar Ilan University, Israel. He also holds a master's in creative writing from Haifa University, Israel.

Admission: 
Free

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