The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.
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
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.
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.
First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.
Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.
Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.
Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.
Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.
Includes preparation of repertoire for the senior recital, which is the final project for performance majors.