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.
The analysis of the history of woodwind instruments (saxophone, flute, clarinet) in jazz. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players. The study of woodwind players including Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, John LaPorta, Gerry Mulligan, and others, through tapes, articles, and transcriptions.
The analysis of saxophone styles in the R&B lineage including players associated with smooth jazz, funk, blues, soul jazz, acid jazz, soul, pop, and fusion styles. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players including Earl Bostic, Grover Washington Jr., Red Prysock, Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, King Curtis, Kirk Whalum, Junior Walker, Maceo Parker, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Andy Snitzer, Gerald Albright, Ed Calle and others, through in-class playing, recordings, and transcriptions.
Principal instrument study level 1 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 2 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 3 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 4 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 5 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 6 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 7 woodwind.
Principal instrument study level 8 woodwind.
Private instruction is part of the performance core for all Berklee students. Through private instruction, students develop proficiency on their principal instrument, synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional styles into musical interpretation, and synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture and instrumental technique into their daily practice routines. All Berklee students take private instruction levels one through four on their principal instruments. Performance majors continue on to do levels five through eight.
The Woodwinds Department instruction emphasizes a solid foundation in the standard technical challenges of professional performance. This includes the basics—breathing, embouchure, articulation—as well as theoretical studies involving scales, chords, arpeggios, and repertoire. In addition, advanced styles, improvisation, and interpretation are studied.
- PIWD-111: Private Instruction 1 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-112: Private Instruction 2 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-211: Private Instruction 3 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-212: Private Instruction 4 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-311: Private Instruction 5 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-312: Private Instruction 6 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-411: Private Instruction 7 – Woodwinds
- PIWD-412: Private Instruction 8 – Woodwinds
First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.