With an array of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as summer, international, and precollege offerings, Berklee College of Music provides options for students of all levels to explore and achieve their artistic, academic, and career potential.
Introductory lab for singers to further develop listening skills, reading notation, concepts of rhythm, intervals, chord changes, time-feels, and grooves applied to singing lyrics and pitches simultaneously; sight-reading will include lead sheets, sheet music, and specific vocal arrangements.
Introductory lab for singers focusing on skills necessary for repertoire development. These include finding the right key for a song, transposition, development of lead sheets, and basic self-accompanying skills necessary to learn songs independently. The goal of the course is to develop self-sufficiency for vocalists in learning new material.
This course provides an extension of vocal technique and performance building skills that will support private lesson instruction. Students will better understand how their voices function, how to support their own vocal health, and how to apply vocal and performance techniques to a variety of contemporary and traditional styles of music. Students will receive straightforward, science-based information on the vocal function and this course will provide an opportunity for them to work on common vocal challenges and performance in a classroom environment. Students will learn techniques to protect their voices from misuse and overuse, benefit from observing and working with their classmates, and learn a holistic method of developing their unique, personal method of expression.
This class focuses on the Alexander Technique, holistic breathing for singing, and developing awareness of tension and ease in singing technique. The Alexander Technique can help vocalists develop more awareness and find more ease in practice and performance. Students also examine how the principles of the Alexander Technique can aid in the reduction of performance anxiety.
This lab is designed to increase body awareness and develop the stage presence and performance skills of vocalists through the use of acting techniques. Improvisational acting methods will be utilized in song performances.
A lab for non-voice principals designed to address the basic elements of singing: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment, including videotaping of in-class performance.
This course provides singers with the opportunity to gain mastery of the knowledge and skills they learn in their core music classes. Students put their theory knowledge into practice with melodic and rhythmic patterns using solfege, piano, and music notation.
In this course, students acquire the essential piano skills to self-accompany while singing. Students are encouraged to perform tunes from all genres for peer review, analyzing the most common voicings for each style and choosing what is genre-appropriate. Students evaluate key signatures to find which key works best for a given song, transposing and arranging a tune to highlight vocals, as well as adding intros, interludes, and codas. They also strategize about practicing and performing more difficult genres, such as R&B, which involve potentially complicated bass lines and rhythmic figures. Students examine tempos and how they affect a given song. Students also learn about stage performance and posture; practicing how to avoid looking at the keys; pedal use; optimum microphone position; and avoiding tension in the neck and shoulders or vocal strain during performance or practice.
A lab for vocalists providing an overview of small-format sound-reinforcement equipment currently used in live performance. Topics will include microphones, mixing consoles, amplifiers, loudspeakers, equalization, effects, monitors, and communicating effectively with a sound technician. Additionally, amplification techniques for rhythm section instruments will be addressed. Some class performance is included to help demonstrate usage of equipment.