Clinics and Master Classes

Produce a Song in a Day

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Produce a Song in a Day

Interested in music production? In this event, Learning Center staff will produce a song using GarageBand, touching on virtual instruments, audio recording, and effects. We will also check out the mixing features in Logic, the popular production app. Learn everything you need to know to start and finish your own track.

Admission: 
Free

Duo Clinic with Tuck & Patti

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tuck & Patti

Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart of Tuck & Patti present a clinic on performing as a guitar and vocal duo.

Admission: 
Free

Solo Jazz Guitar Clinic with Tuck Andress

Tuesday / August 18, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tuck & Patti

Tuck Andress of the duo Tuck & Patti presents a clinic on solo guitar playing and arranging.

Admission: 
Free

Drum Set Clinic with Andre Boyd

Monday / April 11, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall with a view from above.

Cirque du Soleil drummer Andre Boyd is an exceptional musician whose voice of choice is drum set. As a diverse musician, he has mastered a variety of musical styles including straight ahead, funk, fusion, Afro-Cuban, and drum and bass, among many others. In addition to drum set, Boyd's musical abilities expand to include writing, producing, and arranging.

Admission: 
Free

David Rosenthal

Wednesday / July 15, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Musical director and Berklee alumnus David Rosenthal has been with Billy Joel 22 years. As well as performing many other high-profile gigs with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Robert Palmer, Enrique Iglesias, and Steve Vai, to name a few, he also oversaw the musical direction for the most highly rated PBS concert special of 2014, Ethan Bortnick: The Power of Music. On the technology side, Rosenthal is the designer of his own innovative keyboard rigs and has designed and programmed state-of-the-art keyboard setups for Bruce Springsteen's keyboardists as well as for Billy Joel’s piano rig.

In this clinic, Rosenthal will share some of his insights about the complexities of musical direction, touring, and technology through a detailed discussion of his recent projects.

Admission: 
Free

Preparing for Your College Audition with Berke McKelvey

Thursday / July 30, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Berke McKelvey, an associate professor in the Ear Training Department, has auditioned hundreds of students and wants to share what works, what doesn't, first impressions, and what an auditioner is looking for in a prospective student. He will share some tips, relate a couple of stories, and have plenty of time for questions. These strategies are not limited to college auditions but are also applicable any time your playing is being critically evaluated.

This clinic is a part of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: Funk Clinic with Jim Peterson

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jim Peterson

Guitarist Jim Peterson, an associate professor in the Guitar Department, is a versatile and creative musician. He has the ability to play multiple styles masterfully, and the list of artists who have called on his expertise includes Najee, Tavares, and Bob Moses, among others. Finally, after years of demonstrating his command of guitar, he has recently released a work of his own, a recording that is greatly enriched by the extraordinary vocal presence of Jean Peterson. 

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: New Model Demonstration with Robert Godin

Tuesday / August 18, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Robert Godin

Join Robert Godin, owner and founder of the Godin Guitar Company, for an enlightening and practial master class about how guitars are crafted to achieve great acoustic sound and playability. Learn the importance and impact of using different woods to achieve different sounds and tones, along with the reasoning behind different scales, neck, and headstock designs. He will also showcase some of the innovative, nontraditional guitars in the Godin guitar lineup, which includes Godin, Seagull, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, and Norman guitars, among others. You will never look at guitars the same way again

Godin built his first guitars in a small shop in Montréal, Québec, Canada over forty years ago. The success of that shop eventually afforded him the opportunity to open a dedicated guitar-building facility in the village of La Patrie, Québec. Motivated by a desire to bring a reasonably priced acoustic guitar to the market—emphasizing great sound and feel rather than just shiny lookshe designed the Seagull S6. Its popularity has grown steadily ever since, and Seagull has become one of the premier acoustic guitar brands in the world.

Over the years, Godin became well known for his custom-made electric guitars as well as the necks and bodies that he was making in La Patrie under subcontract for many of America’s best guitar companies. In the late '80s, full of ideas for new guitar designs, he began crafting instruments under his own name. Godin guitars have developed a superb reputation for quality of materials and craftsmanship, but perhaps even more compelling is Godin's continuing commitment to exploring new concepts in guitar design and technology. His knowledge and passion for the craft are infectious. 

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: Fingerstyle Guitar Clinic with Guy Van Duser

Monday / August 17, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Guy Van Duser

Guy Van Duser, a professor in the Guitar Department, is internationally known for his unique, imaginative, and sometimes outrageous arrangements for fingerstyle guitar. His work includes the amazing "Stars and Stripes Forever" that's acknowledged by guitarists worldwide, including Chet Atkins, as setting the bar for fingerstyle arrangements.

Van Duser has 13 albums available on Rounder, Daring, and Green Linnett Records, and is also a composer for film and public television programs (that's him, playing guitar on the Antiques Roadshow theme song). Of particular note is his development of what he terms his "stride guitar" technique, a fusion of the fingerpicking virtuosity of Atkins with the swing and stride piano styles of Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and other jazz pianists of the 1930s. Simultaneously playing bass lines, chords, and melody, Van Duser has elevated the swing-style guitar from its traditional rhythmic-accompaniment role, influencing a new generation of guitarists. He has often been featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered on NPR.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: Rock Clinic with Scott Tarulli

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Scott Tarulli
Guitarist Scott Tarulli, an assistant professor in the Guitar Department, records and performs with legends such as Tony Levin, Mark Egan, Steve Gadd, Jerry Marotta, and R&B legends The Temptations, among others. Aside from being a sought-after sideman and keeping busy with side projects, he has three solo albums out under his own name. 
Admission: 
Free

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