Program Description

As a pianist majoring in performance at Berklee, you will learn the skills, concepts, and methodology required to demonstrate professional-level proficiency on the piano. You’ll achieve this through private lessons, which include proficiency-based final exams, piano labs, and performance studies classes.

You will complete a performance portfolio, including a juried senior recital (supported by recital preparation lessons and classes) that meets current professional performance standards. Most students also engage in extracurricular and cocurricular concert performances, and each performance major participates in ensembles and public performances in the college’s recital halls and venues such as the Berklee Performance Center.

As a performance major, you’ll take specialized courses in ear training and harmonic applications designed to develop your improvisational skills; you’ll also participate in classes given by visiting master performers. Through these activities and interactions, you will develop an aesthetic and critical understanding of the meaning of quality performance, and you’ll be able both to define quality using technical and interpretive musical criteria and to apply those criteria to your own work and to that of others.

In addition to your piano courses, additional activities available through the ensemble program may include recording sessions and on- and off-campus concerts, festivals, and tours. All of these experiences will help you develop a sufficient theoretical, conceptual, and philosophical background in the area of piano performance such that you will be ready to work effectively with others and adapt to changes in the professional music environment.

 

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Discover Your Voice

As a piano student, you'll be given the tools and knowledge to find your own voice through working with faculty at the forefront of the instrument. Beginning with emphasis on technical proficiency, you'll engage many musical styles, from classical to pop, jazz, rock, fusion, and almost anything in between, and pick up the skills you need to book gigs and become a sought-after player.

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