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Practical Skills

PULSE Music Method – what’s new Feb ’11

On Friday, February 11th, the PULSE department had a spectacular time at the Loft updating our community of peers, supporters and friends about the growth within our department as well as some exciting additions to our curriculum. Since our last presentation, we have officially launched our Improvisation and Practical Skills units, and the first chapter of our Jazz Improvisation elective!

For the Improvisation unit, we start by asking Berklee students, “what is improvisation?”  The video from these interviews showcases the different perspectives of improv as well as the similarities!  This level one unit is a great intro to improvisation, and includes video and text resources for call & response, improvised solo, comping /accompaniment, and dynamics & articulations.

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PULSE Practical Skills Video Shoot


A quick photograph; a brief summary or profile; one day of production madness with the PULSE video team and tons of talented musicians.

If you stopped by the set at The Loft on July 27th, then you know we held nothing back for this shoot for PULSE’s Practical Skills unit. A professional photographer. Three cameras. Even our very own PULSE DJ!

Our goal was to get footage for our upcoming unit that will focus on three types of stories:  Building Your Team (mentoring, partnerships); Dreams & Goals; and Presenting Yourself. With more than 24 hours of footage and a whopping 40 members of our cast, you could say we outdid ourselves!

And our talent definitely brought their A-game. From Berklee student Adam Newall tearing off his shirt to show his body art, to 12-Week student Vaughnette Bigford stunning the crew with her stage attire, to father-and-daughter Berklee team Marian and Phil Wilson getting us all teary eyed with their performance of God Bless the Child. It was a day of awesome and truly inspiring tales.

Get your very own snapshot of the day by checking out the amazing photographs by Angela Harrer on Flickr.

And stay tuned for the exciting release of the videos this fall!

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