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.

PFSS-371

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

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.

PIVC-111

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

Principal instrument study level 1 voice.

PIVC-112

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

Principal instrument study level 2 voice.

PIVC-211

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

Principal instrument study level 3 voice.

PIVC-212

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

Principal instrument study level 4 voice.

PIVC-311

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

Principal instrument study level 5 voice.

PIVC-312

2 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: VOICE
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 voice.

PIVC-411

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

Principal instrument study level 7 voice.

PIVC-412

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

Principal instrument study level 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: 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.

PST-385

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

A production workshop for students to explore the technical aspects of theater, including stage management, lighting, scenery, props, sound, and projections. Students will gain practical experience in these areas through hands-on demonstrations, and will serve as the technical crew for Berklee’s theatrical productions.

 

 

PSVC-110

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

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