The Valencia campus experience offers students access to state-of-the-art recording, technology labs, and classrooms in an intimate academic setting. Students in this program will take all required Berklee core courses for first-year students, with added culturally focused curricular content and cocurricular activities. Students may freely choose the courses they wish to take, as long as they meet the prerequisites for each course and they sign up for a full course load of 12 to 16 credits. Students from outside Berklee work with an academic advisor to define their course load. Students interested in doing the music technology minor must take the courses defined by the minor.
Subject areas include:
- Performance and Professional Music
- Music Business
- Core Music
- Contemporary Writing and Production
- Liberal Arts
- Music Technology
- Film Scoring
"Being in an environment in which we were able to collaborate with the graduate students was incredibly enriching. They were such kind, experienced students who, yet, had so much drive to learn and do more, and being surrounded by that energy inspired a more efficient and passionate work ethic for me and my fellow undergraduates."
— Study Abroad Fall '14, by
ENJZ-220 Small Band Jazz Rating 4
ENJZ-220, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
The Small Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing standard jazz arrangements with special attention to the swing feel, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Additionally, students will be introduced to improvising over complex chord changes, more complex song forms, as well as an introduction to a variety of rhythmic feels within the genre of jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
ENGB-220 Contemporary South American Folkloric Music
ENGB-220, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
The South American Contemporary Music Ensemble focuses on the performance of modern arrangements of music from different South American countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and others. This course emphasizes stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Students use advanced analytical tools by learning how to recognize traditional elements in folkloric music from different regions in South America. Using unique creative processes, the students adapt these traditional elements into modern arrangements of the same tunes, or new compositions inspired from these folkloric elements.
ENMX-221 Latin Jazz with Vocals
ENMX-221, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Small group performance in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.
ENGB-404 Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble
ENGB-404, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: None
The Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Middle Eastern and flamenco Music. This course is part of a team-taught class between Middle Eastern and flamenco styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
ILPH-359 Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion
ILPH-359, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: None
A lab focusing on rhythmic techniques and song styles of Brazilian music and their related percussion instruments. Development of performance skills through study of audio and video recordings as well as supervised ensemble playing. Note: ILPH-357 may be taken instead of this course.
ILPD-273 Cajón Playing Styles
ILPD-273, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
An introduction to cajón playing that will cover the history of the instrument from its origins in Peru to the contemporary setup with other drums and foot pedals. The course will cover traditional musical styles from Peru such as the Landó, festejo, and the Marinera, as well as Spanish flamenco. This course is highly recommended to all hand percussionists and drum set majors who wish to improve their overall understanding of Latin music through the adaptation of cajón playing. This instrument has transcended borders and is becoming a standard part of the set up for percussionists in global music, jazz and pop, or any musical setting.
ILRE-375 Recital Workshop for Performance Majors
ILRE-375, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: PIXX-212 and current enrollment in RPXX-311
Required for all fifth-semester performance majors. Each student will perform three times during the semester. Students will critique one another's performances. Topics to be discussed will include repertoire, stage presence, constructive criticism, and mental preparation.
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1
ISKB-211, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: PW-111
For non-piano principals. Comping, harmonic continuity. Triads, seventh chords, melody, and accompaniment. Standard song forms, blues.
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2
ISKB-212, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: ISKB-211
Continuation of ISKB-211. Advanced comping, voicings, additional melody with accompaniment.
PFSS-301 Survey of Mediterranean Musical Styles
PFSS-301, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: None
This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.
PSIJ-215 Standard Jazz Repertoire 1
PSIJ-215, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Building and retaining a functional repertoire of approximately 30 selected standards and jazz standards that form a common vocabulary and basis for study among jazz musicians. Development of skills to effectively memorize the melody, harmony, and rhythm of selected repertoire. Recommended for students who plan to take jazz improvisation techniques courses.
ENDS-400 Directed Study – Pop Performance Studies Ensemble
ENDS-400, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
The Directed Study – Pop Performance Studies Ensemble is similar to an independent study. The lead student (who has at least 5th-semester standing), submits the approved application and proposal and is responsible for leading the rehearsals, delegating responsibilities, communicating week-to-week goals, planning the final performance, and promoting the final performance. These sections are created to support students who desire a show of covers or original music within the pop idiom. The assigned/selected faculty is responsible for mentoring the lead student in their directorial role, and assisting students with coordinating equipment and/or performance needs with the Ensemble Department and/or College, as necessary.
The directed study application process is as follows:
- Attend mandatory directed study meeting held during each midterm week
- Complete online application
- Complete detailed proposal
- Audition and assemble a full band
MB-211 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
MB-211, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: None
An overview of business and legal issues of special concern to musicians and songwriters, with special emphasis on copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, and relationships between artists and other parties, including managers, producers, and investors.
MB-389 Managing Technology-Driven Business
MB-389, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MB-255 or MB-355
This course will explore the underlying technology and terminology required to effectively communicate and conduct business in the technology-driven marketplace. In today's business environment, it is essential for managers and executives to understand the basic concepts behind contemporary information systems and how they can be used effectively in business. Topics include hardware, software, network architecture, information security, data warehousing, customer interfaces, and online marketing opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work with common open source applications used for content management, customer relationship management, online purchasing and payment systems, and more.
MB-287 Business Communication
MB-287, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: None
An in-depth study of the nature of human and electronic communication. Students write and edit a variety of business documents including cover letters, memos, reports, and proposals, among others, as well as practice extemporaneous speaking, presenting to a group, planning and running meetings, and supervising teams.
MB-325 Principles of Marketing
MB-325, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: MB-275, LMSC-251, and MB-255
An introduction to integrated marketing principles and practices within corporate and agency environments covering branding strategy and positioning, the value proposition, market research, customer relationships, target markets, buying behavior, the promotional mix, and related metrics. Students create an integrated marketing communication plan that reflects a comprehensive understanding of competitive strategy based on research findings as well as translating business objectives into effective marketing strategies and plans.
MB-391 Concerts and Touring
MB-391, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MB-201, MB-211, and MB-275
This course explores the various aspects of producing and promoting successful tours and shows. Emphases include: (1) The promoter's and artist's team’s ability to produce successful shows, taking into consideration such matters as competition, population, guarantees and percentage splits, ticket pricing and distribution, advertising budgets, production costs, sponsorship opportunities, rental agreements, labor, security, concessions, tour packages, and venue choices; and (2) Managing and producing a successful tour, including such aspects as routing, itineraries, riders, offers, contracts, subcontractors, show and tour personnel, merchandising, sponsorships, day-of-show, and show settlements.
The shifts in music consumption habits and the creative economy–most notably from physical products and digital downloads to streaming–have made touring, live events, and merchandise the primary sources of income for most musicians. This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and experience necessary to set up and operate successful, engaging, safe, and financially viable tours.
MB-499 International Industry Seminar
MB-499, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
The global music industry is responsible for the supply of music content and brands to music consumers around the world. The digital environment in which this international flow of content occurs has created a new paradigm for regional and national music brands willing to expand beyond their home market, regardless of geography. In this course, students examine the national and regional music industries that have adapted particularly well to this new business model and forged paths into various international markets—many of which, to a great extent, remain impenetrable. Students analyze these successful businesses and the various ways they have reached transnational audiences, which often challenge common practices in the global music industry.
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1
CM-211, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: PW-111
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of harmonic analysis, melody writing and harmonization within a functional tonal context originating from the common practice period, with emphasis on voice leading, melodic writing, and figured bass. The student will understand the musical grammar of tonal composition, and through weekly composition assignments will gain an enhanced understanding of its relation and application to present day styles.
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2
CM-212, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: CM-211
CM-212 is a continuation of Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (CM-211), with an emphasis on chromatic harmony, chromaticism, modulation and more extended forms of the 19th-century Romantic style. The course provides a variety of source material and students will write short exercises and compositions modeled on the repertoire.
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-211, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
This course provides students with beginning conducting skills, incorporating in-class conducting experience and in-depth score study, with an emphasis on symphonic repertoire. Beginning skills include basic baton technique, standard beat patterns, indicating dynamics and articulations, cueing entrances, leadership skills, and more. Elements of score reading and score preparation and familiarity with orchestral instruments will also be addressed. Repertoire to include symphony orchestra works (and/or excerpts of works) from the classical and romantic periods.
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint
CP-210, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: HR-112, ET-112, and CM-211 or CM-251
This course will instruct students in the fundamental principles of free counterpoint—composition with melodic lines—with an emphasis on two-part writing and imitative counterpoint. Through the utilization of a three-pronged focus on principles, literature, and practice, students will complete exercises and projects involving composition and performance within common-practice with additional attention to and experience in contemporary tonal practice.
ET-211 Ear Training 3
ET-211, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: ET-112
Development of ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Phrygian modes, mixed modes, and harmonic and melodic minor. Continued study of rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.
ET-212 Ear Training 4
ET-212, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: ET-211
Continuation of ET-211. Modal singing and dictation studies. Interval studies, two- and three-part dictation. Basic atonal melodic studies.
HR-211 Harmony 3
HR-211, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: HR-112
Students continue their analysis and application of major and minor key harmony; elaboration of subdominant minor and modal interchange; and chord scale theory. Students review melodic construction and the melody/harmony relationship. They also review the individual note analysis of melodies. The course introduces substitute dominant and related II-7 chords, diminished chord patterns, and modulation.
HR-212 Harmony 4
HR-212, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: HR-211
This course provides continued study of principles of modern chord progression, particularly deceptive resolutions of secondary dominants, dominant seventh chords without dominant function, and contiguous dominant motion. Students examine melodic construction, form, and melody/harmony relationship; modal interchange; pedal point and ostinato; modal harmony and modal composition; compound chords; and constant structures.
AR-124 Arranging 2 for Continuing Students
AR-124, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-111 or AR-123 and HR-112
After a full review of writing for the rhythm section, students learn the properties of trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, and baritone sax, and the writing/arranging processes of standard and spread voicings, approach techniques, melodic embellishment, and guide tone backgrounds. Focus is on applying the writing processes to soli and background writing for two-, three-, four-, and five-part combinations of these instruments.
CW-191 Sequencing and Production Techniques
CW-191, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-111 and MTEC-111
The course covers the necessary tools, techniques, and applications of MIDI sequencing and digital audio for writing and production. Main topics include the MIDI standard and its applications, set up and use of digital audio workstations (DAWs), integration of MIDI and audio tracks/sources, use of software synthesizers, basic mixing techniques, audio theory, equipment, and techniques. Through practical examples, activities, and projects the student will learn how to effectively use a DAW to write and produce music. Emphasis is on technological needs of the contemporary writer.
CW-227 Flamenco Music Composition and Arranging
CW-227, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-111
This course examines the concepts and techniques of writing flamenco music, which is a vital and growing genre in contemporary music. The course covers the origins of the various styles of flamenco, their individual influences, primary composers of flamenco, overview of popular lyrics, and common composition and arranging techniques in flamenco styles. Students will investigate the various aspects of writing flamenco music: use of improvised structure; binary, ternary, and polyrhythm rhythmic styles; traditional harmonic approaches and concepts; melodic approaches; and the use of microtones. A variety of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations will be analyzed, including examples of contemporary compositions and new stylistic variations in flamenco that feature the use of electronics and flamenco without guitar. Students will create compositions and/or arrangements for a flamenco music ensemble.
CW-261 DAW Writing and Production
CW-261, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-112, ISKB-211 (non-piano principals), and CW-191
The advanced student will learn to utilize digital audio workstations (DAW) to create arrangements of either original or existing musical elements. This course focuses on the creative use of technology in music production. Topics covered include signal flow of MIDI and audio signal within the DAW sound processing plugins, choosing appropriate sounds and combining elements from software synthesizers, alternate approaches to quantizing and refining rhythmic grooves, hybrid production techniques (audio and MIDI), use of the DAW for scoring to picture and basic synthesis techniques. In addition to using their own laptops in the Professional Writing Technology Lab students are expected to have the CWP major bundle.
LENG-223, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
In this course, students explore different themes and genres within the field of literature, examining critical and creative thinking through literary analysis. Specifically, students will explore literary genres and devices, learn the conventions of literary analysis and elements of literary theory, and apply textual evidence in response to literary works. Students will explore how culture, society, and history impact literature and will learn how to discuss those elements. Although all sections will offer exposure to poetry and fiction, each LENG-223 course has a different focus and will explore readings from a variety of cultural perspectives. The titles of individual sections of LENG-223 identify the theme of that section and descriptions for each section are available at www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts.
LHIS-223 History Topics
LHIS-223, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
History Topics courses enable students to choose from a variety of course themes that change each semester. Topics focus on a variety of historical periods and ideas. In History Topics courses, students explore the role of historical sources in the formation of ideas, as they examine various historical interpretations, debates, and methodologies. Students come to recognize that not all questions have simple yes-or-no, right-or-wrong answers. Students learn to appreciate and respect diversity and are able to identify bias in written and media sources used to document history. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at berklee.edu/liberal-arts/courses/liberal-arts-topics-courses.
LVIS-223 Art History Topics
LVIS-223, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
The various sections of Art History Topics focus on different and more narrowly defined themes, rather than a broad historical survey. Topics may include the Art of Egypt, the meeting of Eastern and Western Art, 20th-Century American and European Art, and others. Periodically, a visiting scholar may teach a section on the art, architecture, and archeology of cultures such as those of pre-Columbian Central and South America; the indigenous peoples of North America; and the various societies of Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. The focus of these special sections would include the material artifacts and the interpretations, debates, and methodological approaches to these objects within the literature of the field. All sections of this course present individual topics. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at https://www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts/courses/liberal-arts-topics-courses.
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar
LHUM-400, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing
The Professional Development Seminar provides an opportunity for students in their sixth semester to reflect upon their academic and professional experience at Berklee, prepare to complete their Berklee programs, and transition from college into the professional world and/or graduate school. Students evaluate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests as they develop and/or refine college and career goals. Students also explore their own identities and their professional and personal relationships as they reflect on the role of the artist in society generally and their role as a musician in their community specifically. Students learn business, entrepreneurship, legal, and communication skills, and address issues of business ethics. Additionally, students refine and redirect their Berklee College of Music electronic portfolio towards a professional model and explore issues of presentation and critique. The Professional Development Seminar provides a creative and reflective atmosphere that encourages students to participate in their own learning while preparing for their future.
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics
LMSC-208, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: Score of 80% or higher on the General Math Exam and the Logarithms Exam, or pass LMSC-130, or LMSC-250. You must also be a native English speaker, or pass LENG-106.
This course is a survey of acoustical phenomena relating to music. The course includes an overview of the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation and room acoustics, sound level and its measurement, the human ear and perception, and tuning systems. Course material is directed toward the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomena in various contexts, including performance, writing, and music technology applications.
LMSC-221 The Science of Health
LMSC-221, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
This course is designed to provide a scientific approach to issues of health and wellness necessary for the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sexuality, substance abuse, eating disorders, and the physical environment will be examined in the context of human physiology. Note: This course may be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.
LSOC-211 General Psychology
LSOC-211, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
Why do humans behave the way they do? The goal of this course is to introduce students to the science and application of psychology, including how the brain and environment influence thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Students will learn how to examine human behavior, how to think critically about scientific research, and how to apply key findings in psychology to everyday life. Topics covered include the biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, human development, mental health, and social interactions.
LSOC-225 Principles of Economics
LSOC-225, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: Passing score on the General Math Exam, LMSC-130, or completion of college level precalculus or higher; and LENG-111
This course presents frameworks to better understand businesses, markets, finance, as well as both the economy and history in general. Relevant examples are drawn heavily from the music industry. In addition to the course surveying basic principles, students will learn answers to questions such as: Why are housing rental costs so high? What causes financial crises? What strategies can a band use to become more profitable? Note for MBUS majors: this course fills the social science requirement for degree students, in addition to being a requirement for the major.
LSPN-161 Spanish 1
LSPN-161, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: None
This course covers basic grammar, composition, and cultural reading selections. The emphasis is on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.
LSPN-262 Spanish 2
LSPN-262, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: None
A continuation of LSPN-161, this course covers more advanced grammar, composition, and reading selections. Emphasis continues on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom this is a first language. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.
LSPN-363 Spanish 3
LSPN-363, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: None
This course develops the language skills built in Spanish 1 and 2. Students learn Latin American and Spanish culture, including music and literature. Exploring a variety of texts and disciplines, and focusing on conversation, students deepen their language skills. Grammar lessons are embedded in reading and writing assignments. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.
LSPN-464 Spanish 4
LSPN-464, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: None
Spanish 4 is a continuation of Spanish 3 as students develop advanced language skills through readings and analyses of literature and cinema. This course focuses on representations of Latin American and Spanish culture including music, poetry, and fiction. Students explore a variety of texts as a means of deepening language skills through an integrated curriculum. Grammar lessons will be embedded in reading and writing assignments. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.
LMAS-259 Spanish Music, Culture, and Society
LMAS-259, 3 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
In this course, students will become familiar with the underlying anthropological and sociological foundations of modern Spanish culture. The course content will provide a solid understanding of the cultural idiosyncrasy of the Spanish people in addition to an overview of Spain’s history. Students will also explore and analyze different trends and phenomena of modern day Spain, along with some traditions that still hold in our time. Spanish music history and artistry from ancient times to the present will be studied, with a special focus on the way that music shapes and is shaped by society. Students will study Spanish styles of music, including, among others, folk, popular music, and flamenco. An exploration of the ways that other Mediterranean cultures have shaped Spain will be used as a lens to explore music history, artistry, and culture. In addition, students will explore the ways that music is an expressive form that reflects and influences society.
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-201, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111
In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course will explore specific topics in the history of Western classical music in a chronological order.
MP-114 Critical Listening Lab Online
MP-114, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
This online course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on analyzing recording and mix techniques in the context of the popular music mix. Topics include: acoustics of the critical listening environment; mix elements such as balances, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay and time-based effects; instrument identification; stylistic comparisons of recording and mix techniques. Listening analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments. A set of weekly audio ear training drills are also part of the class.
MP-115 Production Analysis Lab Online
MP-115, 1 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
This course represents a step-by-step approach to the essential elements of effective records. Using evaluation of demos, masters and commercial recordings, it takes students through an in-depth analysis and appraisal of the emotional effectiveness of recordings, with consideration for: artist identity, vision and intention; melody, lyrics, and song form; arrangement, performance, and mixing. Several student analysis projects are required.
MTI-303 Recording and Mixing Skills for Music Production
MTI-303, 4 credit(s), prerequisites: ET-112 and HR-112
This project-based course is broken into two weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.
Study abroad students outside of Berklee enrolling in this course must have requisite musical background.
MTI-304 Live Sound and Stage Craft
MTI-304, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.
MTI-307 Electronic Dance Music Creation With Ableton Live
MTI-307, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.
MTI-308 Virtual Production Techniques
MTI-308, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: ET-112 and HR-112
This is an 'in-the-box' project-based virtual production course. Students learn to produce short sound-alikes of fragments of contemporary hit records employing sequencing and virtual instruments. They also learn to produce a full acoustic band cover using virtual instruments and one live instrument and/or vocalist. Additionally they learn to produce short musical creations by chopping and editing audio, incorporating tempo mapping, elastic audio, Melodyne, looping, beat detective, and other manipulation tools. Students also learn the skills needed to edit and arrange music to picture.
Study abroad students outside of Berklee enrolling in this course must have requisite musical background.
MTI-309 Music Video Production and Dissemination
MTI-309, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.
MTI-310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills
MTI-310, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: MTEC-111
An introduction to live electronic music performance and DJ skills, beginning with the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Students will explore the culture and aesthetics of Hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs, and will master the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp and flare). Students will create their own live mixes and present them as midterm and final performances.
FILM-200 Introduction to Film and Media Scoring
FILM-200, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-105 (non-native English speakers only), PW-111, ET-111, and MTEC-111
This introduction is intended for prospective film and media scoring majors, minors, and other students looking for an in-depth exploration of the field of film and media scoring. This course investigates the aesthetic relationship between film and music, discusses the many functions of music scored to visuals, analyzes effective applications of linear music to dramatic situations, and explores career opportunities in film and television music. This course presents early opportunities for students to start scoring simple film cues.
Berklee's campus in Boston offers a limited number of online courses that students may take while studying in Valencia.
Online courses students often take while in Valencia include:
CW-171 Groove Writing
CW-171, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-111, ET-112, HR-112, and MTEC-111
Expanding on the material introduced in Arranging 1, this course focuses on a more in-depth study of stylistic approaches of creating and writing grooves for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and percussion) and how different styles work together and influence each other. Original techniques and practical approaches to creating grooves will be presented through listening analysis, original writing techniques, as well as methods used to create hybrid grooves. Styles to be covered include: funk, rock, soul, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, electronic, and Brazilian, which includes some selected Caribbean styles. Some production analysis will be included to identify soundscapes and instrumentation as they relate to style.
CW-216 Vocal Writing
CW-216, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: AR-112, HR-211, and either ET-211 or ET-231
Conceptualizing, writing, and producing vocals; contemporary writing and production techniques for vocal groups of different sizes; working with vocals in live situations versus the recording studio environment; writing background vocals above a band versus a cappella vocal writing. Creating vocal band effects will also be explored. Range considerations, timbre, vocal production, and notation for various size vocal groups; writing and production techniques and considerations for recording studio situations.
PM-340 The Artist Entrepreneur
PM-340, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: PIXX-211
This course provides a detailed overview of how to define one's identity as an artist-entrepreneur. Students learn how to grow a music-related business from initial idea to planning, implementation, and effective managing and marketing as an independent creator developing multiple income streams. The course culminates in a written business plan.
PM-425 The Business of Professional Music
PM-425, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: PM-340
This course develops the awareness and skills required for a career in the music and entertainment business. Students will conduct self-directed research into their future career path in addition to developing and applying strategies for independent musicians. They will also explore techniques for making the transition from college to career. Course outcomes focus on digital marketing and social media techniques, networking in a new music economy, understanding copyright and performing rights organization, and business development planning.
PM-476 Professional Music Capstone - Online
PM-476, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: PM-425 and minimum of sixth-semester standing
Students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their final capstone project. In this course, students will develop an approach, timeline, and self-evaluative criteria for assessment for their final project, and realize this project at the level of artistry and professionalism required in the industry.
MHIS-221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-221, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111
This course explores the evolution of contemporary American music from the perspective of its African musical roots to various incarnations in the United States, evolving primarily from the interaction of African and European cultures. Important trends will be covered, including the incorporation of African aesthetics into a succession of new and evolving styles, the role of African cultural values in the development of American culture and music, the blues, the evolution of African-American ensemble styles, the development of collective improvisation, African contrapuntal, harmonic and polyrhythmic principles, and syncretic processes influencing the development of American music. Music and traditions from pre-15th century Africa through the development of the roots of contemporary music in the 19th and 20th century, to the present day will be explore. This course will explore specific topics relating to the Music of the African Diaspora in the United States in a chronological order.
MHIS-331 History of Film Music
MHIS-331, 2 credit(s), prerequisites: LENG-111 and MHIS-201, MHIS-202, MHIS-203, MHIS-251 or MHIS-252
A survey of music in feature-length films from the silent period to the present day. An overview of stylistic scoring approaches that represent the most significant developments in the field. Discussion of works of composers who have contributed extensively to the development of film music, including representatives of newer trends in recent years. Extensive visual examples will be combined with independent aural analysis of a wide range of scores.