Contemporary Writing and Production Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2017–summer 2018 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2017, search major grids for past catalog years.

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    Core

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    Major

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    Liberal Arts

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    Electives

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
PW-111 Music Application and Theory 4
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
LENS-P10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-P101 Engaging with Artistic Space
LENS-P103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-P105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues
LENS-P107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning
LENS-P109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
Total Credits 16

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 2
ET-112 Ear Training 2 2
HR-112 Harmony 2 2
LENG-223 Literature 3
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
Total Credits 16

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 3/Solfege 1 - choose 1
ET-211 Ear Training 3
ET-231 Solfege 1
2
HR-211 Harmony 3 2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
CW-191 Sequencing and Production Techniques 2
AR-112 Arranging 2 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 1
Total Credits 15

Semester 4 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
XXXX-xxx Ear Training 4/Solfege 2 - choose 1
ET-212 Ear Training 4
ET-232 Solfege 2
2
HR-212 Harmony 4 2
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 3
CW-171 Groove Writing 2
CW-261 DAW Writing and Production 2
CW-216 Vocal Writing 2
Total Credits 16

Semester 5

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LHIS-xxx History (any LHIS course) 3
MHIS-P20X History of Music in the European Tradition - choose 1
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-P202 History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works
MHIS-P203 History of Music in the European Tradition: Chronology
2
LVIS-xxx Visual Studies (any LVIS course) 3
CW-211 Advanced Ensemble Writing 2
CW-333 Studio Writing and Production for the Recording Studio 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 6

Course # Title Credits
CP-215 The Art of Counterpoint 2 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences (any LSOC course) 3
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-P22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-P221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-P222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-P223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
CW-311 Writing for Big Band 2
CW-361 Mixing Concepts and Applications for Writers 2
Total Credits 14

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (any LMAS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) - choose 1
MHIS-P317 19th Century Program Music
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music
MHIS-P325 History of American Musical Theater
MHIS-331 History of Film Music
MHIS-341 African American Music, History, and Culture - Contemporary Connections
MHIS-342 The Music of the English-Speaking Caribbean Islands
MHIS-P343 Survey of Brazilian Music History
MHIS-347 Music of Women Composers
MHIS-353 African American Composers: Classical Tradition
MHIS-361 Concert Music after 1945
2
CW-411 Writing for Orchestra 2
CW-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 14

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
CW-422 Advanced Production for Writers 2
CW-498 Directed Study in Contemporary Writing and Production 2
XXXX-xxx Advanced Technology Elective - choose 1
CW-435 Contemporary Orchestration for Digital Audio Workstations
CW-450 Scoring for Advertising
CW-461 Electronic Writing and Production
CW-470 Writing and Producing for Music/Media Libraries
PW-P321 Music Writing and Production with the iPad
FS-P370 History of American Musical Theater
2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 5
Total Credits 14

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that CWP majors study in Valencia during their third semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.