Piano Courses

The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated so that they consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Contrapuntal Jazz Improvisation, Improvisational Theory, Piano Accompaniment Techniques, and Survey of Piano Styles, you will learn the history of your instrument, analyze its present-day challenges, and pursue an in-depth study of styles and techniques. Below is a list of all Piano courses for the upcoming semester.

ISKB-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-321
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

This course develops keyboard skills in a chorale style. Student learn typical public school literature. They also develop further the application of simple melodies with rhythmicized chordal patterns in minor keys. Students master sight-reading of open score vocal arrangements. They also learn a complete, simplified supplement for pop music, including melody with chordal accompaniment or chordal progressions with bass line, and standard progression studies.

 

ISKB-P111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus, Inside Berklee Courses (Online)

An online keyboard program for non-piano principals designed to give students skills in note reading, chord voicings, rhythmic interpretation, technique, and other instrumental skills. Using video clips, recorded play-alongs, chord-study exercises, weekly recorded assignments, and feedback from the teacher, students will be able to play simple accompaniments, read notes on the grand staff, realize a lead sheet, apply simple voice-leading techniques, and develop hand independence and a familiarity with different styles. Students will acquire the ability to use the keyboard as a resource in learning harmony, ear training, arranging, and technology applications such as notation and sequencing.

PFSS-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Piano and vibraphone principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

A study of the history and development of the art of jazz piano and the lives and times of the artists themselves. Through listening to archival and contemporary recordings and analysis and discussions, the rich diversity of the different jazz styles will be examined, along with the artists associated with certain styles. Solo piano and group playing from ragtime to contemporary will be addressed.

PIPN-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 piano.

PIPN-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-111
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 piano.

PIPN-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-112
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 piano.

PIPN-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-211
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 piano.

PIPN-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Piano principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-212
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 piano.

PIPN-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-311
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 piano.

PIPN-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-312
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 piano.

PIPN-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIPN-411
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 piano.

PSPN-335

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

This course offers a step-by-step approach to improvising contrapuntally in a solo piano context. Emphasis on walking bass lines through a series of rhythmic/melodic motives gives the pianist a basis for gaining the independence required to simultaneously improvise in a linear or chordal manner in the right hand. This eventually leads to multi-voice improvisation. Artists studied and transcribed include Lennie Tristano, Dave McKenna, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall. Weekly class performance includes repertoire of the jazz standard literature.

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