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.

RPWD-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
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: WWND
Location:

Second level of principal instrument recital preparation for performance majors.

RPWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
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: WWND
Location:

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

RPWD-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: ILRE-375, PIWD-311, RPWD-311, and concurrent enrollment in PIWD-312
Department: WWND
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for a public performance as a leader.

RPWD-411

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIWD-312, RPWD-312, and concurrent enrollment in PIWD-411
Department: WWND
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the jury, which must be presented successfully in order to schedule the senior recital.

RPWD-412

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: PIWD-411, RPWD-411, and concurrent enrollment in PIWD-412
Department: WWND
Location:

Includes preparation of repertoire for the senior recital, which is the final project for performance majors.

RPWD-XXX

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Prerequisites:
Department: WWND
Location:

Starting in conjunction with level three of their private instruction, performance majors take recital preparation classes to provide enhanced focus on repertoire and public performance on their principal instrument.

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.
  • RPWD-211: Recital Preparation 3 – Woodwind
  • RPWD-212Recital Preparation 4 – Woodwind
  • RPWD-311Recital Preparation 5 – Woodwind
  • RPWD-312Recital Preparation 6 – Woodwind
  • RPWD-411Recital Preparation 7 – Woodwind
  • RPWD-412Recital Preparation 8 – Woodwind

 

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