Voice Courses

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.

PIVC-111

Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 voice.

PIVC-112

Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-111
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 voice.

PIVC-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-112
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 voice.

PIVC-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-211
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 voice.

PIVC-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Voice principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-212
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 voice.

PIVC-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-311
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 voice.

PIVC-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-312
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 voice.

PIVC-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIVC-411
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 voice.

PIVC-XXX

Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of:
Electable by: All voice principals
Prerequisites:
Department Code: VOICE
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. 

Through private instruction with the Voice Department at Berklee, students discover their vocal range and develop their own style. Vocalists are encouraged to experiment across genres so they can challenge themselves, improve their skills, and develop their craft. Berklee developes vocalists with a strong musical identity. Students achieve a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance, including improvisation, reading, and interpretation. They also receive intensive training in sight-reading and building repertoire while developing an acute awareness of vocal health.

  • PIVC-111: Private Instruction 1 – Voice
  • PIVC-112: Private Instruction 2 – Voice
  • PIVC-211: Private Instruction 3 – Voice
  • PIVC-212: Private Instruction 4 – Voice
  • PIVC-311: Private Instruction 5 – Voice
  • PIVC-312: Private Instruction 6 – Voice
  • PIVC-411: Private Instruction 7 – Voice
  • PIVC-412: Private Instruction 8 – Voice

PSH-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

Maintaining a balance between body, mind, and spirit is essential for any musician to be healthy. This is wellness. In this course vocalists learn techniques for keeping their instruments in top shape, reducing both vocal and overall stress, and managing real life factors like performance anxiety. This course will also present techniques and a detailed look at vocal anatomy, to support learning to sing virtually every style of music with a healthy, long-lasting approach.

PSVC-110

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

Introductory fundamentals lab designed to address the basic elements of singing (e.g., breath management, intonation, tone quality, phrasing). Song materials will be selected in consultation with the private instructor. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment and videotaped in-class performance.

PSVC-131

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

Improvement of English language pronunciation and articulation through the application of English language phonetics in pop, rock, and jazz vocal styles. Song delivery and stylistic interpretation; weekly listening examples; specific assignments in diction and lyrical interpretation; weekly class performance.

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