Performance Studies

PS-180

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: By audition
Department Code: PERF

This class meets for 2 hours each week dividing class time into two equal segments where the instructor lectures, taking students on a chronological tour of the significant events in Marley's life with an emphasis on discovering Marley's radical yet positive sociopolitical message and relating it to current events in our time. The second segment of the class is spent learning the musical subtleties of the roots reggae style and preparing arrangements of 7-10 Marley compositions for performance. Watch for posters and electronic announcements online.

PS-190

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: PERF

This multipurpose course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students will perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. All ensemble combinations are explored (e.g., full ensemble, trios, duets, and solos).

PS-192

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PS-190
Department Code: PERF

This multipurpose course is a continuation of Improvisation Concepts Workshop 1, and provides a nonstylistic improvisational environment as a means to explore musical communication and develop improvisational performance skills. Students perform on a weekly basis in a variety of improvised settings while boundaries, structure, and musical focal strategies are provided by the instructor. Discussion and critique follow each performance and students are expected to participate. Students are exposed to a wide variety of improvisational music through required listening sessions in and out of class.

PS-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: PERF majors, sixth-semester and above
Prerequisites: ILRE-375
Department Code: PERF

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience for the performance major. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a project/portfolio. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the appropriate Performance Department chair or a designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

PS-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: PERF

This course is a high-level playing class that explores the various melodic roles of the instruments. Course materials and instruction address how to construct and improvise pattern-organized melody lines on the chord progressions of standard jazz songs using symmetric scales, chord couplings, interval patterns, and melodic cells. Emphasis is placed upon students learning how to practice and perform music that includes the techniques learned in the classroom and from the recommended reading.

PS-499

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Berklee Global Jazz Institute students
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: PERF

This course is a seminar style assembly for the student body of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The objective of the Global Jazz Forum is community learning and critical thinking in interdisciplinary aesthetics. The Global Jazz Forum hosts and presents students' special musical projects, BGJI Artists in Residence, and BGJI faculty workshops, as well as special topic presentations from faculty of the Performance Division, Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments. The Global Jazz Forum grade will be reflected in the BGJI Ensemble evaluation.

PS-522

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

The course is a project-based, experiential learning exercise that will arm students with powerful tools and strategies in music production. Artist identity, vision and intention will provide direction for a recording project that will give students first-hand experience in the preproduction, recording and mixing process. Recording sessions will take place in a variety of venues, from professional recording studios with a large-format console, to project studios, to home recording set ups. Students explore the ways that the recording process can best serve their own professional and artistic goals, while collaborating with musicians and engineers.

PS-523

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti (Institutional Assessment)
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: AAOF

This course explores the studio recording and production process. Through readings, audio/visual examples, and hands-on exercises, students learn the terms, concepts, protocols, and procedures that lead to successful productions. Students explore the differences between the home and professional studio, as they learn to make informed decisions for success in both settings. Students also explore the ways that recording processes can best serve their own professional and artistic goals. They assess the role of the engineer and producer in the professional recording studio, develop a method for planning and recording music, and complete recording projects.

PS-530

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students; elective course in MPTI and SFTV
Electable by: CPRF, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This course prepares musicians for careers in the global marketplace. Students explore three stages of engagement: before, during, and after the music is played and performed. Students will learn to form music companies, procure intellectual property rights, promote concerts, and gauge long-term collections. Students will also explore diverse readings and case studies regarding the role and function of performing musicians in the 21st century global economy. By the end of the course, students will have developed a proposal for their thesis project.

PS-532

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CPRF graduate students; elective course in MPTI and SFTV
Electable by: CPRF, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This course prepares artists to build sustainable careers. Students learn to be innovative in the way they promote, distribute and monetize their own creative products. In this project-based course, students develop of a wide set of business-related skills. Students focus on their own professional projects in order to develop knowledge and skills in three essential areas: 1) project management and finance, 2) contract management and negotiation, and 3) social media management. Through this project-focus, students learn the connections between the creative and business aspects of the music industry. They also enhance their ability to manage projects and to manage their careers.

PS-540

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Camille Colatosti (Institutional Assessment)
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: AAOF

In this seminar and performance-based course, students learn interdisciplinary approaches to music-making and explore concepts of aesthetics, with a focus on developing their own aesthetic philosophy. Students perform and analyze original music projects; they learn to evaluate and critique each other; and they learn to respond to feedback and advice. Students collaborate with classmates, guest lecturers and artists-in-residence. They synthesize rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic vocabulary from a variety of musical styles. Additionally, they complete weekly directed studies with artists-in-residence, focusing especially on their own artistic projects.

 

PS-619

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Brian Cole
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: CPRF graduate students
Electable by: CPRF graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This is a performance workshop in which students learn interdisciplinary approaches to music-making. Students also explore various concepts of aesthetics, with a focus on developing their own aesthetic philosophy. Students will learn to critique each other as they present their own musical projects to the class for feedback and advice. Joining this discussion with students will be guest lecturers and artists-in-residence from a variety of diverse backgrounds: performers, composers, scholars in liberal arts, music educators, music therapists, artists working with Berklee's Global Jazz Institute, American Roots Music Program, Africana Studies Program, and more.

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