The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.
An overview of the history of contemporary string playing, with special emphasis on the work of major innovators: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others. Recordings and transcriptions used to analyze technique and improvisational skills.
This course will survey and analyze a number of styles that form the bedrock of American popular music. These styles include blues, gospel, folk, country, Cajun, tejano, and Native American. Students will learn through transcribing, intensive immersion in listening, and viewing videotape footage.
Historical listening and performance class covering the tributaries of Bill Monroe's music (old time country music, blues, and swing) and tracing the development of the styles from 1945 to the present day. Extensive transcription projects and in-class performance will be emphasized.
Principal instrument study level 1 string.
Principal instrument study level 2 string.
Principal instrument study level 3 string.
Principal instrument study level 4 string.
Principal instrument study level 5 string.
Principal instrument study level 6 string.
Principal instrument study level 7 string.
Principal instrument study level 8 string.
Private instruction is part of the performance core for all Berklee students. Through private instruction, students develop proficiency on their principal instrument, synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles into musical interpretation, and synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture and instrumental technique into their daily practice routines. All Berklee students take private instruction levels one through four on their principal instruments. Performance majors continue on to do levels five through eight.
The String Department at Berklee encourages students to become skilled string players across diverse genres. Berklee prepares you for today's music by building on traditional aspects of learning. In all instruction offered in the String Department, emphasis is placed on achieving a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance, including scales and études as well as harmonic materials, contemporary scales, and arpeggio patterns and exercises played through all twelve keys.
- PIST-111: Private Instruction 1 – String
- PIST-112: Private Instruction 2 – String
- PIST-211: Private Instruction 3 – String
- PIST-212: Private Instruction 4 – String
- PIST-311: Private Instruction 5 – String
- PIST-312: Private Instruction 6 – String
- PIST-411: Private Instruction 7 – String
- PIST-412: Private Instruction 8 – String