Back to Berklee Fall 2020 Percussion Department Information

In this video, you'll hear about the Berklee Performance Division's plan to deliver our comprehensive music curriculum in an engaging online environment for fall 2020.

Letter from the Chair

Dear Percussion Principals,

We are excited to welcome you back in a few weeks to start or continue your studies with the Berklee Percussion Department. While there is nothing like the on-campus college environment, we are ready to offer you a rigorous and rewarding virtual learning experience. One of the keys to this experience will be your private instruction (PI) and recital preparation (RP) lessons. Whether you are a drum set, hand percussion, vibraphone, marimba, steel pan, or orchestral percussion principal, your PIs and RPs are one-on-one. They are unique opportunities for your teacher to provide you with meaningful, individualized direction and feedback. At the same time, you will explore your instrument and pick your teacher's brain about developing your artistry—all in real time. I hope you will jump into your private lessons with a sense of openness, curiosity, and responsibility for developing your craft.

Despite the rich one-on-one PI/RP experience, you might still have reservations about studying an entire semester in this virtual platform. After all, one of the great benefits of the on-campus experience is the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students and explore relationships that can expand your musical horizons and develop into meaningful professional opportunities. Please do not let concerns along these lines deter you from having a fruitful experience this fall. In the Percussion Department, we are expanding our offerings to include guest artist visits and clinics, along with such community-building gatherings for students, faculty, and staff as our Chair Sessions programs, among others. We urge you to take advantage of these varied events hosted by the Percussion Department, and across the entire Berklee ecosystem, to experience a fall semester worthy of your talent and time.

There is no doubt that we are living through circumstances that are unprecedented for all of us. So, we sincerely hope you will take advantage of Berklee's many ways to help you help yourself. Don't hesitate to ask for help, early and often. Visit your teachers’ office hours; chat with me, the department chair; tap into the vast array of student tutoring and training options; form virtual study groups; and, above all, reach out to someone when you need a helping hand! 

In closing, welcome Back to Berklee, and let us together Heal the World Through Music (our Performance Division theme). As the great composer and jazz pianist Horace Silver stated, "Music is a powerful source to assist in healing the soul, mind, and body." Furthermore, if we are vigilant in the application of the many positive nuances and lessons provided through the discipline of music, our artistic journey will continually uplift others and ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically.  

With warmest wishes,

Yoron Israel, Chair

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