Liberal Arts Faculty

Emma Romeu

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

"Students need Spanish in many senses. They need it to communicate with the public sometimes, because they have many kinds of audiences. They need Spanish to speak with producers who can hire them in other countries, to speak with other musicians. If they have a group and they have a pianist who speaks Spanish, they can make the situation more comfortable for everybody. They need Spanish to sing, too. They ask me a lot of musical terms. All the time I have in mind that they are artists. I don't forget it." 

Wesley Rothman

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
wrothman@berklee.edu | 617 747-6450

Anthony Scibilia

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
ascibilia@berklee.edu | 617 747-6049

"I'm assuming a certain level of dedication and competence and passion on the part of the students, and I'm appreciating that very deeply. When a student has that level of depth in any one area, I find that it's very easy to give them something that isn't in their area and, very quickly, something coagulates. They build a world around it much more easily than if there aren't some simple structures in place. When you've had your own deep experience of something, you're able to say, 'I recognize that. This sounds like something that I know, but it's just being done in visual art instead of music.'"

Matthew Smith

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
mlsmith@berklee.edu | 617 747-6135

"It’s possible to appreciate the scientific side of music without losing your appreciation of the fact that it is a form of expression, that it is an art form. That’s something I try to communicate to my students so they don’t see me as some sort of dry scientist who just wants to reduce everything to a bunch of tedious equations. Mathematics isn’t just numbers and formulae and equations, it’s taking things that you know and trying to use those to find out something that you would like to know but do not currently know. I don’t expect to produce a class of mathematicians, but I at least hope that my students appreciate the greater role of mathematics and the ideas underlying it, not just in music but in the wider world."

Anne Squire

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
asquire@berklee.edu | 617 747-8507

"Being in a musical environment, it makes sense to use songs as a learning tool. Singing canons, translating lyrics, and listening to popular or art songs have been fun class activities. As a native of France, I consider discussing French culture as another important aspect of my teaching. And because of the international student body of Berklee, comparing our cultures always lead to very interesting exchanges."

Henry Augustine Tate

Professor, Liberal Arts
htate@berklee.edu | 617 747-8377

"My job, I tell my students, is to be their guide, to help them articulate what they already know. For me, that's what the process of education is—it's the act of leading out. So I tell my students to think about a symphony. There is going to be an introduction, or an 'entry' in painterly terms. The leitmotif in a musical composition is a 'directional' in a painting. And then we have major movements, which carry the viewer's eye around the composition and lead us to a finale, which we call an 'exit.' When showing my students the importance of color and why we have to be careful about color, I'll say, for example, 'Red is almost a D major. You put that in the wrong place, and your composition will fall apart.'"

Ben Thomas

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
bthomas1@berklee.edu | 617 747-8697
  • B.A., Brandeis University
  • M.A., Boston University
  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • Author of “Visualizing the Political Landscape of the Sibun River” in Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands: Papers of the 2003 Belize Archaeology Symposium
  • Coauthor of “Wetlands, Rivers, and Caves: Agricultural and Ritual Practice in Two Lowland Maya Landscapes” in Perspectives on Ancient Maya Rural Complexity
  • Coeditor of Sacred Landscape and Settlement in the Sibun River Valley

Victor Wallis

Professor, Liberal Arts
vwallis@berklee.edu | 617 747-8122

"I'm very concerned to keep up with as many dimensions as possible of what's happening now. I have a sort of listserv-an email list of people to whom I send items about current politics; for instance, an analysis of Obama's appointees in the economic realm. I've had an academic career in political science. I edit the journal Socialism and Democracy. The latest issue has a special focus on immigrants. I also write for Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, theMonthly Review—which has a pretty wide international circulation. So I keep busy!"

Laura Warrell

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
lwarrell@berklee.edu | 617 747-6446

"Strong writing skills are critical not only to academic success but to creative self-expression. My approach to teaching writing and literature is to expose students to a variety of texts and invite them to examine their own interpretations and reactions. Thus, students sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their individual voices."

Sara Whitman

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

"It is really important to study liberal arts. Without understanding how to do more than just music you can't live up to your creative potential or have as much depth in your artistry. You won't be able to use your music as effectively to reach out to a broader community. I want students to leave my classes with not only excitement about being at Berklee, but an understanding of their own creative skills outside of music, and how they can use those skills to support and enhance their musical talent."

 

Wayne Wild

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
wwild@berklee.edu | 617 747-8409

"The supreme moment of creativity is reaching that level in which you are both entirely engaged with what you're doing and yet aware that you're in it, what Aaron Copland calls being both inside and outside a work simultaneously, as creator or audience. It's kind of an exquisite moment. Poets also speak to that, and how to combine spontaneity with form, to be both Dionysian and Apollonian. That is a supreme aesthetic question I ask students to consider, as they learn so much order and form at Berklee yet want to express their own spontaneous impulses."

Michael M. Williams

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
mmwilliams@berklee.edu | 617 747-2350

"I am consistently impressed by the capacity for critical thinking, the engagement, and the verbal acrobatics that the students are able to achieve in class. These are some of the best and brightest students that I've ever taught. They love to talk. Students are invariably interested in sharing their own experiences and applying reading, theory, and philosophy to their everyday life. I think that students welcome reflection. That's something that's special about Berklee. I think it has to do with their being creative artists."

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