The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated so that they are up-to-date and consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Survey of Vocal Styles, you will learn about the development of the jazz blues vocalist, analyze major artists, and perform using techniques and styles from 1890 to the present. Take a look at some of the courses you can take during your Berklee education.
A lab for non-voice principals designed to address the basic elements of singing: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment, including videotaping of in-class performance.
A continuation of ILVC-111. Additional concentration on singing lyrics on chord tones, seventh chords, minor chords, and modes in different time-feels and grooves.
This course provides singers with the opportunity to gain mastery of the knowledge and skills they learn in their core music classes. Students put their theory knowledge into practice with melodic and rhythmic patterns using solfege, piano, and music notation.
A lab for vocalists providing an overview of sound-reinforcement equipment currently used in live performance and how to use it effectively. Topics will include basic system hookup, kinds of microphones, PA mixers, and speakers, how to EQ individual vocal channels, adding effects, use of monitors, and communicating effectively with the sound person.
Vocal lab concentrating on techniques and performance skills necessary for background singing in live performance venues. Topics include intonation, blend, rhythmic phrasing, riffs and embellishments, entrances and cutoffs, voicings, written versus head arrangements, stage presence, microphone settings, and microphone technique.
A continuation of ILVC-211. Additional concentration on singing lyrics on various chords, modes, and pentatonic scales in different time-feels and grooves.
A continuation of vocal styles study with emphasis on song interpretation, elements of style, microphone technique, stage presence, and rehearsing with a rhythm section.
In this course, students acquire the essential piano skills to self-accompany while singing. Students are encouraged to perform tunes from all genres for peer review, analyzing the most common voicings for each style and choosing what is genre-appropriate. Students evaluate key signatures to find which key works best for a given song, transposing and arranging a tune to highlight vocals, as well as adding intros, interludes, and codas. They also strategize about practicing and performing more difficult genres, such as r&b, which involve potentially complicated bass lines and rhythmic figures. Students examine tempos and how they effect a given song. Students also learn about stage performance and posture, practicing how to avoid looking at the keys; pedal use; optimum microphone position; and avoiding tension in the neck and shoulders or vocal strain during performance or practice.
A lab for singers wishing to develop self-accompanying skills on the guitar: chord forms, rhythmic patterns, etc.
A continuation of ISVC-111 for singers wishing to further develop self-accompanying skills on the guitar. Course will focus on the successful combination of guitar techniques (bar chords, power chords, elementary fingerpicking styles, and elementary lead guitar work) with a vocal selection suited to the student's ability.
A historical study of the development of the jazz vocalist and jazz vocal styles. Listening and style analysis through use of recordings and assigned student participation and performances. Singers covered include the Rhythm Boys, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Jimmy Rushing, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and representative contemporary artists.