Faculty

e.g. "Tuba"

Charlene Ryan

Associate Professor, Music Education
cryan1@berklee.edu | 617 747-6020

"Choral Rehearsal Techniques is a really fun class. I structure it like a lab. I give students scores that they would use in a typical middle or high school choir, and they prepare them to teach. They learn the parts, the text, the conducting; they plan the most effective and efficient way to teach them. Then they actually teach and conduct the work, over a series of weeks. They get up in front of their classmates and teach them as if they were teaching a middle or high school class. They need to think a little differently, to imagine that they are not working with their professional peers, but rather with developing musicians. For example, they need to think: 'How would I approach this particular piece with middle schoolers, who have some reading skills, but maybe not extensive reading skills?'"

Nalora Steele

Associate Professor, Music Education
nsteele@berklee.edu | 617 747-8324

"In Music Education, what intrigues me is the whole process of quickly—we hope!—bringing students from studenthood to professionalism. I think we are perhaps the only department where students have to prove they can do the job before they graduate. They have to do that internship and pass it."

Wayne Ward

Professor, Music Education
wward@berklee.edu | 617 747-8392

"I teach Vocal Methods, Vocal Conducting, and Vocal Rehearsal Techniques. One of the goals of each of these classes is for the teacher to be able to present correct vocal demonstrations to the student or group. The teacher needs to be able to make expressive conducting gestures that communicate the meaning of the music to the performers and, in turn, to the listeners. Students also learn how to lead well-organized choral rehearsals."