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卒業しました!

こんにちは。私にとって最後のブログとなります。おかげさまで5月6日を以て専門課程全てを修了し、5月7日に卒業式を迎え、バークリー音楽大学Contemporary Writing and Production専攻を卒業することができました!

バークリー1年目に見て衝撃を受けた卒業式前夜に毎年名誉博士号受賞ゲストの音楽を特集してご本人を客席に迎えて開催されるアリーナコンサート、自分が卒業する時には是非ステージに立ちたいと夢に見ていましたが、幸運なことにブラジルの国民的シンガーソングライター、ミルトン・ナシメントの楽曲9曲を3つのメドレーにしたうち、3曲の編曲/指揮者として参加させていただきました。

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Clase Avanzada de Dirección Orquestal

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a sixth semester student at Berklee, majoring in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production and his principle instrument is violin. 

Stefano Melillo Meléndez, de Caracas Venezuela, en su sexto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín.

La experiencia como alumno de trabajar en los estudios de grabación de Berklee es simplemente un privilegio. Desde la inauguración del edificio 160 en Massachusetts Avenue, los estudios: “Studio 1” y “Studio 2” han estado disponibles para los profesores y alumnos. Lo interesante es que no solo lo usamos para grabaciones. En este post tengo el placer de poder contarles sobre mi experiencia en estos estudios cuando no estoy grabando.

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Test Out – テストアウト

yoshieYoshie Nakayama, from Tokyo, is a 4th semester Contemporary Writing and Production major and trombone principal student. She also studies jazz vocals, and vocal ensemble.

こんにちは。
さて、先週から秋学期の授業が始まりました。
バークリーでは‘Credit by Exam’通称「テストアウト」と言って、授業が始まる前週や中間試験の時期に課題を提出したり実技試験や筆記試験を受けるなど(授業によってテストアウトの時期や方法の指定があります)して、授業を受講した学生と同等の知識/技術を持っていると認められた学生には、そのテストを以て単位が与えられるシステムがあります。
私は国立音楽大学でクラシックの和声学の授業を受けたので、バークリーで専攻しているContemporary Writing and Production(=CWP)で必須のTonal Harmony(クラシックの和声学)1,2のうち、1を先週テストアウトしました。

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Using Google Hangouts to Conduct Class

Enrique Gonzalez Muller BerkleeIn this post, I interviewed Enrique Gonzalez Müller, Assistant Professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee. He taught MP-P305 Record Production for Producers, the capstone class for the MP&E Minor, last semester. Enrique holds a dual degree from Berklee in MP&E and Music Synthesis. He is a producer, recording engineer, and arranger who has worked with many independent, national and international artists. He is a Latin Grammy-winning producer for Los Amigos Invisibles, a member of the education committee of the San Francisco chapter of the Grammys, and volunteer faculty for the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison. In this discussion, we talk about how web conferencing benefited his MP-P305 class during this past winter, when snowstorms were plentiful.

Nazli: What did you use Google Hangouts for?

Enrique: Using Google Hangouts came out of necessity since we had so many snow dates at the beginning of this semester! The very first Wednesday, we had to cancel class due to a storm and I had a production course where students needed to jump in right away, find an artist, get a bunch of songs to be considered for their productions and send those back to me for approval. If we had missed one week, it would have been really tough for my students to get caught up. So I thought on my feet and decided to use Google Hangouts, since it can do video conferencing with up to fifteen people meeting at once [ed. note: ten is the maximum number of users, fifteen is the maximum for the version that Berklee is using.] Just hours before class, when it was snowing and we knew we couldn’t make it to campus, I sent everyone an email and gave them instructions on how to use Google Hangouts to conduct our class. In a few minutes, we were all up and going and didn’t miss a beat! We went through the syllabus, the assignments, and went through introductions with everyone. I got a chance to get serious with the students too and set the tone for responsibility (as well as have a laugh!). The thing that I found pretty cool was not only that we did class, but we also were all operating on the same platform. I’d have the list of questions and materials on different parts of my screen so that I could easily maneuver and share with my students. In our back and forth, I could have everybody do the same thing by just saying something like, “Ok, so lets all go to our course page and go to assignment 3 tab on this,” and it was just super practical and fun. I wound up doing it for every snow date that we had…which ended up being two or three!

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Teaching an Advanced Conducting Course Using Google Hangouts

446This post was written by Julius Williams, Professor of Composition and Conducting at Berklee, Artistic Director of the Berklee International Composers Institute, and Music Director of the Trilogy Opera Company. He is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning composer and conductor. He has conducted countless orchestras around the globe, and his compositions have been written for and performed by major symphonies, opera companies, film, and musical theater. He is also a recording artist, educator, author, and pianist. His career has taken him from his native New York to musical venues around the globe, and he has been involved in virtually every musical genre.

I started using Google Hangouts for the first time this semester as a way to teach conducting class COND-212-W001 Conducting 2 to students who were not on campus. It has been an interesting learning experience to use a web conferencing tool to teach an art form that always has seemed to require the physical touch of the teacher and student. To learn the art form of conducting, students need to look at and mimic movements. They need to learn how to listen to breathing, and also understand the sense of collaboration and energy of the music that is being made. Learning to conduct with a teacher is a sometimes an intimate experience. Conducting students have to learn leadership: they have to simultaneously find that inner sense of being connected to the music and have an understanding of what they need to do to conduct an ensemble.

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