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.

PSVC-P320

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice Principals
Prerequisites: PIVC-111
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

An exploration of the classical art song with a different emphasis each semester (German lieder, French chanson, Italian art song and songs of the British Isles and America). Designed to introduce students to the rich and varied classical art song repertoire as well as increase proficiency in singing in other languages, to introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), its rules and applications, and to strengthen the performance of art songs.

PSVC-P323

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall rating of 2 or higher, or ENVC-123
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

Level three (out of four levels) of the Voice Department's recommended structured learning path for improvisation. Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic considerations of vocal improvisation will be reviewed including syllable articulation pentatonic patterns, phrasing, and motivic development as applied to R&B and pop music. Midterm and final exams require student to demonstrate R&B phrasing in improvisation and recognize recorded music examples of improvisation in the R&B/pop idioms.

 

PSVC-P440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice Principals
Prerequisites: ET-111 and PW-111
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

For songwriters who wish to better perform their own original material. Must self-accompany. Singers will work to develop their vocal skills while utilizing creative songwriting techniques that will help them personally connect with their original material. This process will spark a narrative for personal songwriting and vocal development. There will be weekly assignments including daily vocal workouts and daily journaling. As song styles are discussed and demonstrated in class, students will be assigned various musical song-forms over which to compose their personal narrative. There is an expectation of basic song-form knowledge, vocal skills, self-accompaniment and harmonic knowledge. Students will perform short assignments and their final full songs in class for support and critique.

PSVC-P441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSVC-P440
Department Code: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

This course is a natural progression of PSVC-P440, Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting 1. An important underlying theme of this course is the knowledge that the singer can be the center and generator of the song. Students will be encouraged to develop catalogues comprised of personal, autobiographical songs created throughout the course. Journaling, active listening, field trips, and highly specific exercises will be employed to generate songwriting and song ideas. Songs will be performed in class. Students must self-accompany in this class, and the semester will culminate in a class performance.

PSW-345

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

A study of Latin American vocal styles and rhythms that includes Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Students will learn the history and culture of Latin American styles and rhythms through listening and analysis, transcribing, and video performances.

RPVC-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: PIVC-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIVC-211
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPVC-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIVC-211, RPVC-211, and concurrent enrollment in PIVC-212
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPVC-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIVC-212, RPVC-212, and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIVC-311
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

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

RPVC-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIVC-311, RPVC-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIVC-312
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

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

RPVC-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIVC-312, RPVC-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIVC-411
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

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

RPVC-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIVC-411, RPVC-411, and concurrent enrollment in PIVC-412
Department Code: VOICE
Location:

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

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