Contemporary Writing and Production Diploma

Valid for catalog year fall 2018–summer 2019 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2018, 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
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
LENS-10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-101 Engaging with Artistic Space (Boston only)
LENS-103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues (Boston only)
LENS-107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning (Boston only)
LENS-109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
Total Credits 13

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-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
Total Credits 13

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
Total Credits 12

Semester 4

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
AR-112 Arranging 2 2
Total Credits 12

Semester 5

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics 3
MHIS-20X History of Music in the European Tradition - choose 1
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-202 History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works
MHIS-203 History of Music in the European Tradition: Chronology
2
CW-171 Groove Writing 2
CW-261 DAW Writing and Production 2
CW-216 Vocal Writing 2
Total Credits 13

Semester 6

Course # Title Credits
CP-215 The Art of Counterpoint 2 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
CW-211 Advanced Ensemble Writing 2
CW-333 Studio Writing and Production for the Recording Studio 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 1
Total Credits 12

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
XXXX-xxx Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) - choose 1
MHIS-317 19th Century Program Music
MHIS-319 History of Jazz
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music
MHIS-325 History of American Musical Theater
MHIS-327 History of Country Music
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-343 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
XX-xxx Choose 1
CW-311 Writing for Big Band
CW-321 Strings and Woodwinds Ensemble Writing
2
CW-361 Mixing Concepts and Applications for Writers 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-321 Music Writing and Production with the iPad
2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 11

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
CW-411 Writing for Orchestra - Studio Orchestra 2
CW-422 Advanced Production for Writers 2
CW-498 Directed Study in Contemporary Writing and Production 2
CW-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 10

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.