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PULSE Music Method

PULSE FAQ: Refresher on the Basics

Are you curious to learn more about PULSE, its origins, and what makes it tick? Though you must have a login and password to use PULSE, we wanted to share with you a selection of our most frequently asked questions.

What does the word PULSE stand for?
PULSE is an acronym that stands for Pre-University Learning System Experience.

What is PULSE?
PULSE is very much like an online curriculum-based textbook  consisting of 10 units (Form, Rhythm, Harmony, Improvisation, Composition, Arranging, Production, Performance, and Practical) of three levels each in the virtual Study Room. The first four Units in the Study Room are based on music theory (harmony), Units five through nine are based on the application of music theory and the tenth Unit is based on practical skills. Other rooms (Jam, Listen, Practice) on the website provide a variety of resources and activities that complement the curriculum.

What is the PULSE mission?
The mission of the Berklee PULSE Music Method is to support guided teaching and learning of popular music through the innovative use of interactive online technologies.

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PULSE Reaches New Heights With Noteflight

The PULSE Composition Unit launched at the end of this summer, and it’s packed with fun, educational, and brand spanking new interactive notation writing capabilities. What does “interactive notation writing capabilities” even mean? Using the power of Noteflight, we can now embed interactive notation examples of theoretical concepts in the PULSE unit books!

What is Noteflight you ask? And why is it so great? The first thing to know is that Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print, and hear professional quality music notation, right in your web browser. Through the powers of Javascript and other web-scripting libraries, you can compose using interactive staves, notes, time signatures, dynamic conventions, and more! With Noteflight, you now have a way to digitally compose a score and share it with your teachers, classmates, and friends.

Every PULSE user now has access to Noteflight, with thanks to a single sign-on within PULSE.

This means that through PULSE and Noteflight, you can collaborate on composition projects with anyone you want, and from any computer! If you’ve ever used Google Docs to work on a paper or spreadsheet, then you have a good sense of how Noteflight works. Noteflight gives you the ability to share your composition at any stage/point. Once you have chosen who you would like to share your composition with, they can help you create the best piece of music you ever imagined.

Another benefit is that you can get immediate feedback from your teacher on your 16-measure 4-part harmonic analysis/composition homework—potentially as you are working on it!

We use Noteflight throughout the PULSE curriculum. With the help of our in-house expert, we customize the Noteflight API (or Application Programming Interface, aka the guts) for our PULSE unit books. They are embedded in the notation to demonstrate concepts using examples, explorations and challenges. So right after learning about a concept or technique, our PULSE students can try it out, see how it works, or test themselves and get an immediate answer.

Check out these examples! The first two instances show how your harmony homework could look, and the third one is an editable blank piano score, so you can try writing a few measures of music with Noteflight.

Our Noteflight Tutorial is easily accessible from every book that contains Noteflight examples. The tutorial explains everything from The Very Basics to Creating Your Own Score. And we always encourage our teachers to use the PULSE forums for providing feedback.

With the advantage of this awesome web-tool, PULSE is a forerunner in providing enhanced learning tools for our students. We hope that this takes the student experience to the next level of learning application, and brings a deeper understanding of the concepts we set out to teach.

Time to write, collaborate, and listen! Now go forth, and compose!

BCMN’s First-Ever Bilingual Edition ¡Saludos!

Berklee City Music Network Site Feature & Interview with

Two Students from La Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina

Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina is dedicated to encouraging the children of Carolina, Puerto Rico who possess skill and interest in the arts to develop their talent to its fullest potential. In addition to programs in the fine arts, dance and theater, Bellas Artes offers students musical instruction, a variety of ensembles that explore jazz, classical, and bomba, and performance opportunities at local schools and community venues.

Under the stewardship of Director Luis Rodriguez and with music teacher Angel Vigo’s active and engaged collaboration with Berklee City Music, Bellas Artes continues to foster students’ engagement with the arts as well as their own community.
La Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina se dedica a alentar a los niños de Carolina, Puerto Rico que poseen habilidades e interés en las artes, para desarrollar su talento en su máximo potencial.  Además de los programas de bellas artes, danza y teatro, se ofrece a los estudiantes instrucción musical, así como también se les otorga la oportunidad de formar parte de ensambles que exploran jazz, música clásica y bomba. Se les da oportunidades para que interpreten y/o ejecuten la música de sus ensambles en escuelas locales y en escenarios de la comunidad.

Bajo la administración del Director Luis Rodriguez y con la colaboración comprometida del maestro de música Angel Vigo y de Berklee City Music, la Escuela de Bellas Artes continuá fomentando el compromiso de los estudiantes con las artes, así como su propia comunidad.

-Each year the music program at Bellas Artes welcomes approximately 125 new students ages eight and older into the program, for a total of roughly 420 music students. That’s more than half of Bellas Artes’ total enrollment!
-Cada año, el programa de música de Bellas Artes da la bienvenida a aproximadamente 125 nuevos estudiantes mayores de siete años, albergando un total de aproximadamente 420 estudiantes de música.

-Music programs include band, orchestra, bell choir, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, choir, jazz workshop, and bomba workshop, as well as private lessons in a variety of instruments. Many students also concentrate on the cuatro, the traditional Puerto Rican lute.
-Los programas de música incluyen banda, orquesta, ensamble de jazz, “bell choir,” coro, ensamble de cuerdas, clínicas de jazz y clínicas de bomba, así como instrucción privada en una variedad muy amplia de instrumentos. Muchos estudiantes también se focalizan en el “cuatro,” el “laúd” tradicional de Puerto Rico.

-All students participate in choir and receive music theory instruction from the time they enroll at Bellas Artes.
-Todos los estudiantes forman parte del coro, y reciben educación en teoría musical desde que ingresan al programa de Bellas Artes.

-Classes at Bellas Artes are free, and students are only responsible for the registration fee.
-Las clases en Bellas Artes son gratis; los estudiantes son responsables por la cuota de inscripción solamente.

Willian J. Suarez Pereira (left), was born in Venezuela, but he lives in Puerto Rico and his main focus is the guitar, and plays a little bit of piano and drums. Enrique Serrano Cruz (right), born in Puerto Rico, plays the percussion, the congas, timbales, bongos and a little bit of vibraphone.

Willian J. Suarez Pereira nació en Venezuela pero vive en Puerto Rico y se enfoca principalmente en la guitarra, y toca un poco de piano y batería. Enrique Serrano Cruz nació en Puerto Rico; toca las percusiones, las congas, timbales, bongós y un poco de vibráfono.

How was your experience at Five-Week?
It was more than what we imagined, it was about learning so much in so short a time. The body and the blood are asking us to stay a little bit longer.

Fue mucho más de lo que esperabamos, fue aprender mucho en muy poco tiempo. El cuerpo y la sangre nos piden quedarnos un poco más.

Tell us what you learned?
Willian learned to work with other musicians from around the world, improved his guitar technique, increased his knowledge of theory and also his musicality while Enrique says he he learned a lot about new percussion styles, learned how to play drums, and also the “Moveable Do.”

Willian nos comenta que lo que más aprendió fue el trabajar con otros músicos así como el haber mejorado su técnica, aumentado su conocimiento de teoría, así como su musicalidad. Enrique nos dice que aprendió mucho al conocer otros estilos de percusión, pudo aprender un poco de batería, así como acerca del “Do movible.”

Tell us your thoughts on Boston
Enrique doesn’t want to leave Boston. Emilio says that in this city there is always something happening, you can’t stay in your house all the time. “We love Boston, we would love to live here”

Enrique no quiere irse de Boston. Mientras Emilio afirma que lo que más le gusta de Boston es que siempre hay algo que hacer, siempre hay algo sucediendo, no puedes quedarte en tu casa todo el tiempo. “Nos encanta Boston, nos encantaría vivir aquí” afirman los estudiantes de Puerto Rico.

What do you want to tell your network site and family and friends back home?
Enrique says that if there was another word to say ‘Thank you”, he would say it. “Thank You!” to all my friends and relatives that support me.  I owe everything to GOD, he gave me this talent. Willian suggests to his friends from his network to apply to the 5 week, at least just audition for it.  He says there is a lot of talent at their site. About Berklee City Music both of them confess that City music is a joyful experience.

“City Music is a Blessing.  City Music is full of blessings.”

Enrique nos comenta que si hubiera otra palabra para decir Gracias, la diría. ¡Gracias!  a todos nuestros amigos y familiars que nos dieron el apoyo. Todo se lo debo a Dios, El fue quien nos dió este talento. Willian les recomienda a sus amigos de su red, quienes son muy buenos músicos, que probaran el 5-week, o que por lo menos audicionaran para ir al 5 week. Acerca de Berklee City Music, City Music es una experiencia gratificante.

“City Music es una bendición, City Music son bendiciones.”

Meet Berklee City Music or Get Reacquainted

While the path to success can seem limited to those with the greatest means, for close to twenty years Berklee City music has sought to connect students from under-served communities to a rich musical education.  This video, presented at last year’s Berklee City Music Gala and hosted by WCVB-TV Boston’s Liz Brunner, highlights the many accomplishments of Berklee City Music graduates.

Please enjoy watching Berklee City Music in action, and while you’re at it, get involved!

Beat Bot: Making Rhythmic Robots on PULSE Since 2012














Who the heck is that guy?? Meet The Doc. He will be leading you through orientation for the newest addition of games to PULSE: Beat Bot! Beat Bot was created to challenge music students and game players knowledge of rhythmic concepts. Players will create these robots, or Beat Bots, by programming beats that fulfill the specific rhythmic requirements of the game.

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