Back to Berklee Fall 2020 Woodwind Department Information

In this video, you'll hear about the Berklee Performance Division's plan to deliver our comprehensive music curriculum in an engaging online environment for fall 2020.

Letter from the Chair

Hello Woodwind Department Family,

Last March, on very short notice, our entire educational model at Berklee underwent a drastic change in the midst of a global pandemic. Faculty and students, and the college as a whole, did an incredible job adapting quickly to remote teaching and delivered a transformative semester across the Woodwind Department and the entire college. Through lots of your valuable feedback, class observation, curriculum review, and tons of meetings (and we do mean tons), we learned a lot during the spring and summer semesters about teaching in the virtual landscape and online-learning environments. 

With all of that information in mind, we have tailored our lab offerings in the Woodwind Department for the fall 2020 semester to include only what we believe to be our strongest virtual classes. You’ll notice new labs that are available for the first time at Berklee—the Triadic Chromatic Approach, Chasin’ the Trane, and African Rhythms and the Saxophone: Connecting to the Source of Jazz—in addition to some of our most popular labs, optimized for a virtual teaching environment. Our remote private lesson curriculum will continue to deliver the most important aspects of woodwind playing from our world-class faculty, as well as looking toward the increasingly important opportunities available to us in remote performance and collaboration.

In addition to our course offerings, we will continue working toward fostering our sense of community in the Woodwind Department through weekly events, including guest and faculty workshops, listening sessions, open forums, and more. Our Performance Division is coming together under the theme Back to Berklee: Healing the World Through Music (A Call to Action). In the midst of these complex times, we will collaborate across the division in events and curricula that engage technology to foster connection and community—and inspire music that expresses your unique voices. 

We are well aware that no part of the last six months has been easy for anyone, and many of you have struggled balancing life with working toward a college degree. We appreciate your willingness to adapt with us and we appreciate your continued dedication to making this new reality a success. We are here to answer any and all questions that you may have, no matter how small. Though many things about this semester will be new, the one thing that has not changed is that we are here for you, and we are a community dedicated to helping you achieve everything that brought you to Berklee in the first place. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

Walter Smith III, Chair

P.S. Don’t forget to practice your long tones!

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