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.

PFSS-385

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PIWD-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 woodwind.

PIWD-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-111
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 woodwind.

PIWD-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-112
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 woodwind.

PIWD-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-211
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 woodwind.

PIWD-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Woodwind principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-212
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 woodwind.

PIWD-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-311
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 woodwind.

PIWD-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-312
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 woodwind.

PIWD-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIWD-411
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 woodwind.

RPWD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIWD-112 and concurrent enrollment in PIWD-211
Department Code: WWND
Location:

First level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPWD-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIWD-211, RPWD-211, and concurrent enrollment in PIWD-212
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIWD-212, RPWD-212, and concurrent enrollment in both ILRE-375 and PIWD-311
Department Code: WWND
Location:

Taken in conjunction with ILRE-375. Includes preparation of repertoire for performances in the recital workshop.

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