Private Instruction

PIGT-112

Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Guitar principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-111
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 2 guitar.

PIGT-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Guitar principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-112
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 3 guitar.

PIGT-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Guitar principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-211
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 4 guitar.

PIGT-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Guitar principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-212
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 5 guitar.

PIGT-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Guitar principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-311
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 6 guitar.

PIGT-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Guitar principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-312
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 7 guitar.

PIGT-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Guitar principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIGT-411
Department Code: GUIT

Principal instrument study level 8 guitar.

PIGT-XXX

Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All guitar principals
Prerequisites:
Department Code:

Private instruction is part of the performance core for all Berklee students. Through private instruction, students develop proficiency on their principal instrument, synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles into musical interpretation, and synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture and instrumental technique into their daily practice routines. All Berklee students take private instruction levels one through four on their principal instruments. Performance majors continue on to do levels five through eight. 

The Guitar Department at Berklee encourages students to experiment with all styles to improve skills and develop instrumental craft. Students become guitarists with a strong musical identity. Berklee prepares students for today's music by building on traditional aspects of learning. In all instruction offered in the Guitar Department, emphasis is placed on achieving a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance, including scales, chords, reading, improvisation, interpretation, and standard repertoire. Also included is intensive training in sight-reading and in the understanding of chord voicing.

  • PIGT-111: Private Instruction 1 – Guitar
  • PIGT-112: Private Instruction 2 – Guitar
  • PIGT-211: Private Instruction 3 – Guitar
  • PIGT-212: Private Instruction 4 – Guitar
  • PIGT-311: Private Instruction 5 – Guitar
  • PIGT-312: Private Instruction 6 – Guitar
  • PIGT-411: Private Instruction 7 – Guitar
  • PIGT-412: Private Instruction 8 – Guitar

PIMM-550

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Casey Driessen (Valencia, Spain) or Marco Pignataro (Boston)
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Electable by: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

The private lesson at the master’s level focuses on developing the student’s artistry. An additional emphasis is the evolution of the student as a musician. Students study jazz etudes with a broad representation of various styles within the wider jazz idiom. This may include sub-genres, such as Latin jazz, blues, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, etc. Studies include exercises and song study as students develop agility and stylistic acumen, while also building instrumental skill. Students master advanced studies in stylistic components, such as jazz vocabulary in improvisation, phrasing, and the study of great artists. Students also study harmonic and stylistic practices. This work culminates in the development of a marketable recording, an online presence, and the establishment of the student as a well-rounded artist.

PIMM-600

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Casey Driessen (Valencia, Spain) and Marco Pignataro (Boston)
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Electable by: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This second semester private lesson at the master’s level continues the work begun in the first semester. There is continued focus on developing the student’s artistry. An additional emphasis is the evolution of the student as a musician. Students study jazz etudes with a broad representation of various styles within the wider jazz idiom. This may include sub-genres, such as Latin jazz, blues, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, etc. Studies include exercises and song study as students develop agility and stylistic acumen, while also building instrumental skill. Students master advanced studies in stylistic components, such as jazz vocabulary in improvisation, phrasing, and the study of great artists. Students also study harmonic and stylistic practices. This work culminates in the development of a marketable recording, an online presence, and the establishment of the student as a well-rounded artist.

PIMM-650

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Casey Driessen (Valencia, Spain) and Marco Pignataro (Boston)
Semesters Offered: Summer Only
Required of: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Electable by: CPPD and CPGJ graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: CPRF

This third semester private lesson at the master’s level continues the work of the previous lessons. There is continued focus on developing the student’s artistry. An additional emphasis is the evolution of the student as a musician. Students study jazz etudes with a broad representation of various styles within the wider jazz idiom. This may include sub-genres, such as Latin jazz, blues, bebop, Afro-Cuban jazz, etc. Studies include exercises and song study as students develop agility and stylistic acumen, while also building instrumental skill. Students master advanced studies in stylistic components, such as jazz vocabulary in improvisation, phrasing, and the study of great artists. Students also study harmonic and stylistic practices. This work culminates in the development of a marketable recording, an online presence, and the establishment of the student as a well-rounded artist.

 

PIPC-111

Course Chair: Omar Hakim
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Percussion principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERC

Private lesson instruction provides students with individual guidance in developing technique, repertoire, and musical direction. The content of the private lesson material is established by each instrumental department and supplemental material may be used by individual instructors.

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