As a student majoring in performance, you will learn skills, concepts, and methodology sufficient to demonstrate a level of proficiency on your principal instrument typical of that generally required in professional performance. This is achieved through private lessons, which include proficiency-based final exams, instrumental or vocal labs, and performance studies classes.
To demonstrate mastery of these skills, you will complete a performance portfolio, including a senior recital, that typifies current professional performance standards. You will also:
- attend recital classes and take specialized courses in ear training and harmonic applications designed to develop improvisational skills;
- have the opportunity to attend classes given by visiting master performers;
- develop an aesthetic and critical understanding of the meaning of quality performance;
- learn to use technical and interpretive musical criteria and to apply them to your work and to that of others;
- work effectively with others in situations typically found in the professional performance field;
- participate in ensembles and public performances in the college's recital halls and at the Berklee Performance Center; and
- explore activities available through the ensemble program such as recording sessions, concerts, festivals, and tours.
Upon completing the major, you will have developed a theoretical, conceptual, and philosophical background in the area of musical performance that will enable you to quickly adapt to changes in the professional music environment.
Upon completion of a major in performance, you will:
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles into musical interpretation;
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture, breathing, and instrumental technique into your daily practice routines;
- Demonstrate technical proficiency on your principal instrument;
- Demonstrate the ability to sight read music in a variety of styles;
- Play music in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles;
- Play in ensembles of varying size, instrumentation, and stylistic orientation; and
- Apply knowledge of musical styles and harmonic practices in improvisation.