Specialist Certificate

Improvisation

Next Term Starts April 3


Many of the world’s best improvisational musicians have studied at Berklee, including Roy Hargrove, Pat Metheny, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Are you next? Regardless of your instrument, this program will help you master the art of spontaneous expression to become a more confident and creative soloist. You’ll begin by refining how you hear music with ear training. Next, you’ll learn how some of your favorite musicians create the music you love by transcribing their solos. You'll conclude with a course taught by Gary Burton, one of the world’s best improvisers and a living legend in the jazz world.

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3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Basic Ear Training 1

This practical approach to ear training will help you build your confidence as a performer by teaching you how to notate basic rhythms and better identify the different parts of a song.

Basic Improvisation

Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!

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Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation

Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.


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