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.

PSPN-335

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
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.

RPPN-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principals PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIPN-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIPN-211
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPPN-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIPN-211, RPPN-211 and concurrent enrollment in PIPN-212
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors. 

RPPN-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principals PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principals PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIPN-212, RPPN-212, and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIPN-311
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.

RPPN-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIPN-311, RPPN-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIPN-312
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.

RPPN-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIPN-312, RPPN-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIPN-411
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.

RPPN-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Piano principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIPN-411, RPPN-411, and concurrent enrollment in PIPN-412
Department Code: PIANO
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the senior recital, which is the final project for performance majors.

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