Clinics and Master Classes

Drum Recording Techniques

Friday / January 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Drum Recording ProTools Mixing Technology Music

Recording drums is fun but often challenging. In this workshop, we'll help you learn how to choose the right mic, determine proper mic placement, and record with anywhere from one to four mics. We'll also discuss audio interfaces, drum setup, phase considerations, and basic mixing techniques.

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Free

Produce Your Demo: Pre-Production

Thursday / January 21, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Demo Production ProTools MIDI Recording

Do you want to produce a recorded demo of your music but are a bit unsure of where to start? Perhaps you've done some recording but are looking to pick up some new tips and techniques. In this two-part series, we will explore step by step the process of producing a professional-sounding demo track using a hybrid of live and virtual instrumentation. Pro Tools will be our environment. During the pre-production stage, we will look at how to set up a session, import scratch ideas, and record virtual instruments. Along the way we will mix our parts and use creative effects to build the track. Then the following week, we will track live instruments over this song foundation during the tracking phase of this master class.

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Free

Nate Morton: Rockin' with the Stars

Friday / February 19, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Don't miss this workshop and musical performance featuring the drummer for The Voice, Nate Morton.

Admission: 
Free

Afro-Caribbean Meets Jazz Clinic

Monday / February 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Presented by Sean Skeete and Jacques Schwatz Bart, this clinic explores the traditional rhythms of French Caribbean music mixed with jazz.

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Free

The Harmonic and Linear Palette of Upper Structure Triads

Tuesday / March 8, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Suzanna Sifter, a professor in the Piano Department, author of Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads, and instructor of the labs Upper Structure Triad Applications 1 and 2 will give a clinic on upper structure triads. In the first half of the clinic, she will teach students how to find and name upper structure triads for the most commonly used chord types. Students will learn the formulas for quick, tension-specific recall for each chord quality and explore many practice methods, focusing on both the harmonic and melodic application of upper structure triads. In the second half of the clinic, Sifter will be joined by Dino Govoni on tenor saxophone, Barry Smith on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums to demonstrate the musical application of these techniques. Don't miss this informative clinic.

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Free

Vibes Clinic with Mike Mainieri

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mike Maineiri

This is an interactive clinic where Mike Mainieri, founder of Steps Ahead, will demonstrate various topics on the vibes. Students are invited to not only ask questions but also to get a close look at how different techniques are played on the vibes.

Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mainieri is also a producer, arranger, and composer who has contributed to the creation of music on the cutting edge. In a career filled with highlights such as winning DownBeat's International Jazz Critic's Award at age 20; performing with legends like Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix; and playing with the groundbreaking jazz/rock group Jeremy and the Satyrs, Mainieri has contributed to over 100 gold and platinum albums. In the late '70s, he founded the pioneering jazz fusion group Steps Ahead, which used contemporary sounds while experimenting, all while holding on to the music's compositional integrity. Steps Ahead grew to launch both young talent and new musical ideas. As an active participant in the rock and pop scenes, Mainieri has produced and cowritten three albums with Carly Simon, and he has recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Dire Straits, among many others. He describes Steps Ahead as a musical sphere in which he is able to transport himself into various genres. 

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Free

Rhythm Section Jam with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Monday / January 25, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award–winning Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department, explore musicianship and the art of jamming in this clinic. Bring your axes if you want to join in.

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Free

Effortless Mastery Forum hosted by Bob Lada

Tuesday / April 26, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this week's forum Bob Lada will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

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Free

Effortless Mastery Forum with Kenny Werner

Tuesday / April 19, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this series of forums Kenny Werner will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in his book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

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Free

Effortless Mastery Forum hosted by Julian Lage

Tuesday / April 12, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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150 Massachusetts Ave, Room B16
Boston
MA
02215
EMI Spring 2016 Forums

In this week's forum Julian Lage will discuss performance practices that support the full creative potential of each musician as presented in Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.

Admission: 
Free

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