Strings Courses

The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.

PFSS-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PFSS-P362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PFSS-P363

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String, bass, guitar, and voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PIST-111

Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 string.

PIST-112

Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-111
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 string.

PIST-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-112
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 string.

PIST-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-211
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 string.

PIST-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-212
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 string.

PIST-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-311
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 string.

PIST-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-312
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 string.

PIST-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-411
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 string.

PIST-XXX

Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All string principals
Prerequisites:
Department Code: STRG
Location:

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 

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