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.
This course focuses on understanding and performing theater for young people. During the semester, students will read and analyze a classic work of children’s literature, explore how it is suitable for adaptation to theater, and then choose a 40 minute adaptation to perform for local schools and after school programs. Students will also be required to analyze and learn songs from musicals for family audiences, such as Seussical, The Wizard of Oz, Children’s Letters to God, and Annie. During the semester, students will perform songs from youth musicals as well as present written analysis of those musicals. The course will require a tremendous commitment, including preparation outside of class time. This class is by audition only.
This course is a journey for the student in self-discovery, self-revelation, and self-expression combining musical elements to tell an autobiographical story. Students write an autobiographical one-person show based on their life experiences, including writing and performing original music. Course components include daily journal writing, script writing based on traditional dramatic play structure, plot and character development, and storytelling. The final project will be a fifteen-minute, self-produced one-person performance on stage for an audience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.
Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.
Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.
Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.
Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.