Clinics and Master Classes

Donna McElroy: Spirituals and How to Teach Them

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Donna McElroy

Voice faculty Donna McElroy's clinic will cover the history of African American spirituals and their effect on American music, from the ships to the fields to freedom. Songs and stories of the evolution.

Admission: 
Free

Mychael Danna Interview via Skype

Friday / October 14, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mychael Danna interview via Skype
Mychael Danna
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-Western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the transculturally inspired 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, Atom Egoyan. Danna has composed for all of Egoyan’s films since 1987’s Family Viewing, winning the Genie for their films Exotica, Felicia’s Journey, Ararat, and The Sweet Hereafter. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Moneyball, Capote, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monsoon Wedding, Shattered Glass, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Surf’s Up, Water, Antwone Fisher, Being Julia and Girl, Interrupted. “The most gratifying filmmaking experiences are ones that take effort to unpeel the layers surrounding the heart of the story and to find the best musical expression of that heart,” says Danna. “Those are always the film scores I am most proud of.”
Admission: 
Free

Big Freedia: Out in the African-American Community & Music Industry

Tuesday / October 25, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall

Out in the African-American Community and Life as an LGBTQ Artist in the Music Industry, moderated by Leah Driscoll and Kevin Johnson 

 

Known as the New Orleans Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia is an international phenomenon and is at the forefront of the bounce rap movement. Big Freedia will be on campus to share stories about her rise to fame and the personal challenges that she confronts as an out artist in today’s music market. She will also address the perception of those who identify as LGBTQ in the African-American community. 

This event is reserved for members of the Berklee and Boston Conservatory community only.

Big Freedia will also be doing a book and CD signing in the Berklee bookstore on Weds. Oct. 26, 12:30-1:45pm. This event is open to the public. Learn more about this event here.

Big Freedia flyer

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Really Eclectic Orchestra: Performance

Friday / December 16, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
1140 Boylston Street, room 2-E
Boston
MA
02215

Free from music stands and a traditional repertoire, the Berklee Really Eclectic Orchestra (BREO) is a high school ensemble for string players who long for a place to learn to improvise and play popular music together. Originally created during the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program and dubbed the Five-Week String Orchestra, BREO is now expanding to include year-round rehearsals and performances, and is presented by the Professional Performance Division in partnership with Berklee City Music®.

Develop your ear, play popular music, and learn to improvise with your friends. Enjoy two hours of jamming with other string players, faciliated by Mimi RabsonBerklee associate professor and violinist. No previous experience in improvisation is necessary. During BREO jam sessions, you will:

  • play contemporary music (chosen by you and your fellow students);
  • learn all music by ear and receive instruction in improvisation;
  • explore real-time strategies for arranging and composing; and
  • jam with fellow string players interested in playing popular music.

This event is open to high school string players in the greater Boston area. RSVP for a jam by sending an email to PerformanceDivision@berklee.edu with the subject line "RSVP for BREO Jam." Contact us at 617-747-6276 or email PerformanceDivision@berklee.edu for more information.

Note that this is a weekly event occurring each Friday through Friday, December 16, 2016.

Hear former BREO students in action: 

 

 

Admission: 
Free; RSVP information above

Ace The Proficiency Exam!

Friday / October 21, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

 Steven Kowalczyk Santoro, Associate Professor, Voice Department, will be leading a workshop aimed at student success in the Vocal Proficiency Exam.  Topics will include, preparation, choice of appropriate pieces for the required genres, stress management and owning your performances.  Don't leave your proficiency to fear and guesswork. Get the facts. Sing your best.    

Admission: 
Free

Music Transcends Gender, Race, and Politics: Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels

Friday / October 14, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Berklee’s Special Programs Department is pleased to invite you to the Darryl “DMC” McDaniels clinic. Hosted by John Kellogg, music business/management faculty, and moderated by Dom Jones and music director Swiss Chris, the clinic will discuss how music transcends the barriers of gender, race, and politics. McDaniels will share with the audience why he started rapping, his experience working with groups like Aerosmith, his writing process with Rev. Run, his new memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, and much more. For more information on Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, please visit his official websiteDJ Charlie Chan Soprano, from 24 Scientist/One Way Production will also attend the clinic.

Seven Steps to Prepare Your Music to Make Money

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

When preparing to turn your music into money, there needs to be a well-defined process for submitting music for licensing, advertising, film, and record release. There also needs to be a well-defined structure in order to collect revenues from these revenue streams. We will discuss the "whys" as well as the "how tos" of the process and structure in order to meet the demands of an industry that doesn't always have a direct path, but does have a variety of ways, to monetization.

Presenter Tony Carbone, assisatnt professor of music production and engineering, has been a faculty member at Berklee since 1987. He has written and produced records for a variety of indie and major labels, reaching the Billboard/Cashbox Top 20 Dance Charts five times. His songs have been licensed on various album compilations, films, radio drops, TV, and corporate themes. He is the owner of Ridgecrest Music, BMI and is currently an artist on Quark Records.

Admission: 
Free

Tony Trischka giving free lessons on October 13-14

Thursday / October 13, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Tony Trischka will be on campus (Thursday-Friday October 13-14th) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument's top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes and cassettes.

With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's latest critically acclaimed release, Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith, Bruce Molsky, and twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions; tapping the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument.

For more information about Tony visit http://www.tonytrischka.com

 

Woody Mann giving free lessons on November 15-16

Tuesday / November 15, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Woody Mann will be on campus (Tueday-Wednesday November 15-16th) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Woody Mann

Woody Mann had his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform and record with blues legends Son House and Bukka White and contemporary finger style wizard John Fahey while studying at the Juilliard School and with jazz great Lennie Tristano. Since then Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career ranging from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, to accompanying songwriter Dori Previn, to giving guitar lessons to Paul Simon. He has recorded extensively, performed throughout the world, and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs.  Acknowledging his artistry, the C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the release of the “WoodyMann” signature model guitar. Recently he co-produced the feature documentary film “Harlem Street Singer”, the story of Reverend Gary Davis, and has released two CD’s based on the soundtrack of the movie. Woody is widely recognized as one of the leading teachers and authorities of traditional blues music and a renowned guitar master with his own contemporary improvisational style.

For more information about Woody visit http://woodymann.com

 

Bruce Molsky giving free lessons on October 10-11

Monday / October 10, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.

Bruce Molsky will be on campus (Monday-Tuesday October 10-11th) to give currently enrolled Berklee students the opportunity to take a free private lesson. To sign up for a lesson send an email to roots@berklee.edu and ask to join the Roots email list - lesson signup sheets are distributed via email.

These lessons are made possible by the Berklee American Roots Music Program, for more information visit https://www.berklee.edu/focused/roots

About Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions. That must feel odd for a former engineer from the Bronx, who didn't begin a music career until he was forty. But folded into those strange facts is the secret to his unique genius.

In addition to a prolific solo career, performing on fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, and Mozaik, with Hungarian Nikola Parov, and Celtic giant Donal Lunny. He was on Nickel Creek's farewell tour, and performs in a trio with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and Sweden's great Ale Moller.

For more information about Bruce visit http://www.brucemolsky.com

 

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