Strings Courses

The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.

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 

PSHR-P270

1 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 introduce students to the theory of musical cultures in the eastern Mediterranean basin and North Africa. Course work will include listening and analysis, in-class performance on instruments and voice, and theoretical analysis of the maqam system, modulation, and improvisational schemes. The course will include also learning iqa, the complex rhythmic modes that go hand in hand with forms based on the maqam.

PSIS-P364

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String and guitar 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.

RPST-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIST-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIST-211
Department Code: STRG
Location:

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPST-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIST-211, RPST-211, and concurrent enrollment in PIST-212
Department Code: STRG
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPST-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIST-212 and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIST-311
Department Code: STRG
Location:

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

RPST-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIST-311, RPST-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIST-312
Department Code: STRG
Location:

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

RPST-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIST-312, RPST-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIST-411
Department Code: STRG
Location:

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

RPST-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: String principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIST-411, RPST-411, and concurrent enrollment in PIST-412
Department Code: STRG
Location:

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

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