Berklee Online Faculty

Mark Walker

Professor, Percussion
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
mwalker@berklee.edu | 617 747-2717

"Carmen McCrae once said, 'It's more important to listen than it is to play.' It's such a simple concept, but very deep. It's a hard concept for some drummers to understand, but the working drummers understand it. That's why someone like Steve Gadd, one of the world's greatest drummers, plays next to nothing and everybody loves it, because he's totally supporting what's going on. He plays what the music needs. When it comes time to whip it out, he can deliver!"

Marty Walsh

Assistant Professor, Ensemble
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
mwalsh1@berklee.edu | 617 747-8688

"In my MP&E classes, I try to look at many of the small details of production that otherwise would have a tendency to go unnoticed. In my ensembles, I like to be 'part specific.' I look at how the drums and bass are interacting. I look at how the harmonic instruments are interacting. Are they playing in appropriate registers? Are the parts complementing or fighting each other? Once we get the tune up and running, the players have more liberty to embellish their parts—within the framework of the tune. The song comes first. All improvisational ideas are drawn from the song."

Mark Wessel

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
mwessel@berklee.edu | 617 747-8193

"The foundation of the MP&E program at Berklee is musical as opposed to technical. The focus first and foremost is the song and the production. The knob twisting and button pushing is always contextualized. Most of our engineering classes serve production classes. Students in the production classes 'hire' engineers from the engineering classes. It mimics the real world in that way."

Don Wilkins

Chair Emeritus, Film Scoring
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
dwilkins@berklee.edu | 617 747-2441
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • Composer for feature films Sixteen (a.k.a., Like a Crow on a June Bug), Mission Hill, The First Killing Frost, and Academy Award nominee Urge to Build
  • Composer for television series Hometown and Breaking Ground and co-composer for America by Design
  • Music supervisor on over 200 short subjects, including Academy Award winner Karl Hess: Toward Liberty and nominee Kudzu
  • Film music editor for network television specials and contributing arranger for network television movies River of Gold and Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
  • Clinician on film music for National Film Board of Canada, Women in Film-New England, and IAJE

Michael Williams

Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
mwilliams@berklee.edu | 617 747-8227

"I see a lot of people who are interested in blues and jazz, and those are the main areas that I love to work in. Students come in who are already blues players, wanting to work on elements of jazz, and students come in who are jazz or rock players, wanting to get more blues into their playing. I try to make students as complete as I can all-around, on guitar skills, rhythm guitar playing, and soloing. If they're interested in playing over changes, we work on that; if they want to get more into real, straight blues, I'm happy to go in that direction, as well. We dedicate a good amount of lesson time each week toward the personal strengths of the style or styles students are interested in."

Jonathan Wyner

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
jwyner@berklee.edu | 617 747-3130

"Our students are encouraged to explore something as abstract, slippery, and hard to define as art and approach it from the standpoint of the aesthetic and the technical. They go fairly deep in both directions and that is unusual. Berklee's not just an art school and it's not just a trade school."

Norman Zocher

Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
nzocher@berklee.edu | 617 747-8221

"You can't sound good if you don't sound good. Sound is probably the most fundamental musical element. It's the thing nonmusicians, even newborn babies, know instantly if it's good or not. There are so many facets to what makes a good sound, but I think what captures it best—the basic definition of technique—is touch. It's also that your sound must be coming from your ear internally first, then you shape it on the instrument. The answer is not in the equipment. The answer is in your own hands."

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