Woodwinds Courses

The courses at Berklee are continually reviewed and evaluated to be sure they consistently reflect today's musical needs. In classes such as Survey of Woodwind Styles, you will learn the history of your instrument and analyze its present-day challenges, and pursue an in-depth study of styles and techniques. Take a look at some of the courses you can experience as part of your study.

ENSB-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind and French horn principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4 or written approval of course chair
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Woodwind ensembles for advanced players (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and French horn) emphasizing the development of classical chamber music performance skills.

ENWD-343

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on rehearsal and performance techniques of flute ensemble literature encompassing baroque, romantic, Latin, and world music for flutes. Emphasis is placed on sight-reading, interpretation, intonation, and ensemble playing as part of a flute section in flute choir music. The choir will have the opportunity to perform local outreach concerts. 

ENWD-351

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Rehearsal and performance of traditional literature for clarinets with an emphasis on reading and interpretation. Includes clarinet choir materials in three, four, and five parts.

ENWD-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4434
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A saxophone ensemble performing a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone.

ENWD-375

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5 (saxophone principals) or saxophone doubling abilities and written approval of course chair (non-saxophone principals)
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Students in this advanced saxophone quartet will focus primarily on preparing for performances, not on sight-reading. The quartet will perform pieces in a broad range of styles from jazz to classical to student and faculty originals.

ILWD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A lab designed to give beginning and intermediate woodwind students hands-on experience with jazz nomenclature, chord scale relationships, basic woodwind jazz articulation, jazz vocabulary, and standard jazz repertoire. In-class playing assignments will give students practice in the application of theoretical, technical, and stylistic improvisational skills. The study and performance of selected transcribed solos will support learning of specific stylistic woodwind concepts.

ILWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of ILWD-211 Woodwind Improvisational Lab 1, designed for the intermediate woodwind principal. Continued work with chord scales, jazz articulation, and standard jazz repertoire; study and performance of jazz solo transcriptions.

ILWD-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

The study of the flute as a doubling instrument for all majors, from beginners to more advanced instrumentalists. Fundamentals of embouchure, breathing, intonation, articulation, and technique are studied, using representative methods, études, and solos. Emphasis is placed on establishing good practice routines. 

ILWD-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

The study of the clarinet as a doubling instrument for the woodwind principal. Fundamentals of embouchure, breathing, and technique are presented using representative methods, ‚études, and solos. Emphasis is placed on doubling situations.

ILWD-323

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Preparation for a career as a theater and pit musician, including Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Hollywood, cruise ships, and film. Study of all woodwind instruments and techniques with concentration on tone quality, intonation, and facility. Instruments include: clarinets (piccolo, soprano, bass and contra-alto); saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone); flute/piccolo; and oboe, English horn, and bassoon. Discussions will include instrument setup and arrangement, reeds, and performance problems, and other related topics such as resumes, musician contracts, and percentages for doubles.

ILWD-324

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-323
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course continues ILWD-323 and prepares students for a career as a theater and pit musician, including Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Hollywood, cruise ships, and film. This course covers double reed instruments, with concentration on tone quality, intonation, and facility. Instruments include: oboe/English horn and bassoon.

ILWD-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

The study of the MIDI wind controller as a doubling instrument. Fundamentals of technique are presented with representative literature and MIDI sequences using various kinds of synthesized voices. Instruments will be provided for student use. Students are recommended to have an intermediate level of woodwind experience.

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