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-P441

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

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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: VOICE

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

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