Private Instruction

PIPC-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Omar Hakim
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPC-312
Department: 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.

PIPC-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Omar Hakim
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPC-411
Department: 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.

PIPC-XXX

Course Chair: Omar Hakim
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites:
Department: PERC

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 Percussion Department at Berklee encourages students to become skilled percussion players across diverse genres, no matter their principal instrument within the percussion family. Technique, sound production, scales (for pitched instruments), sight-reading, repertoire, accompaniment techniques, and improvisation are all taught in private instruction. Students develop their unique voice and perspective as they enhance their technical and musical skills on their instrument.

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

PIPN-111

Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 1 piano.

PIPN-112

Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-111
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 2 piano.

PIPN-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-112
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 3 piano.

PIPN-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-211
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 4 piano.

PIPN-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-212
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 5 piano.

PIPN-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-311
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 6 piano.

PIPN-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-312
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 7 piano.

PIPN-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-411
Department: PIANO

Principal instrument study level 8 piano.

PIPN-XXX

Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All piano principals
Prerequisites:
Department: PIANO

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 Piano Department encourages students to find their own voice and develop their own style. Private instruction encourages students to experiment across genres to build skills and challenge themselves. Berklee prepares you for today's music by building on traditional aspects of learning. Piano Department instruction emphasizes a foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance—scales, arpeggios, exercises such as Hanon, Czerny, and Pishna—as well as materials designed to help students master the many combinations of classical, jazz, pop, and rock styles common in today's music. The department also provides intensive training in sight-reading and in chord symbol terminology and chord voicing.

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

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