Faculty

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Jeff Baust

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
jbaust@berklee.edu | 617 747-8585

"The technology and tools of music synthesis are changing at an incredible speed. Berklee has been really good at making sure that students have the latest tools in their hands, both in the studios and through the Berklee laptop program. No matter what the tool, however, faculty know and impart upon the students the commonalities of all of those tools. We don't teach just the button pushing for today's technology, but how to achieve effective music and sound design with any set of tools. We want students to sit down at the newest synthesis software tool, and say, 'I know what I'm looking for; the question is, where are they hiding it?'"

Michael Bierylo

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
mbierylo@berklee.edu | 617 747-8275

"I developed an elective called Sound Design for Animation. . . . Mass Art students studying animation pair off with Berklee students and collaborate on developing sound design for their projects. It's interesting to watch Berklee students negotiate with Mass Art students, not just about what the music and sound is going to be—there's also timetables and scheduling meetings and the whole idea of the interpersonal relationship you have. How do you talk to a visual artist? How do you listen to what he's saying and parse that into specific musical ideas? That's the kind of stuff I could go into a classroom and do a lecture on, but you really don't learn it until you start doing it with people."

Richard Boulanger

rboulanger@berklee.edu | 617 747-2485

"For me, music is a medium through which the inner spiritual essence of all things is revealed and shared. Compositionally, I am interested in extending the voice of the traditional performer through technological means to produce a music that connects with the past, lives in the present and speaks to the future. Educationally, I am interested in helping students see technology as the most powerful instrument for the exploration, discovery, and realization of their essential musical nature—their inner voice."

Michael Brigida

mbrigida@berklee.edu | 617 747-8127

"The technology changes; the concepts do not change. The foundational concepts do not change, but it’s easy to bypass those concepts and get on to the great sounds. It’s easy to go up to a synthesizer and have a lot of fun with it and come away really not knowing what you just did. If you do that, it’s a problem later on. That’s why we’re trying to teach the fundamentals, even though the technology is new every second."

Brian Cass

bcass@berklee.edu | 617 747-6353

“I tell my students to treat the computer as an instrument—they don’t have to choose between music or technology.”

Stephen Croes

scroes@berklee.edu | 617 747-2992

"Music technology is a very interdisciplinary part of Berklee. To produce music in our studios and labs, we engage all aspects of contemporary musicianship and skills taught throughout the college, all of Berklee's essential offerings in terms of musical analysis, performance, improvisation, and composition."

Matthew Davidson

mdavidson@berklee.edu | 617 747-6352

"I teach the generalized concepts underneath the technology so my students can apply what they learn to any future technology they’re going to encounter. I want to give them the base of the pyramid: the information to solve their own problems or know where to go to solve them."

David Doms

Also affiliated with: Berklee Online
ddoms@berklee.edu | 617 747-8516

"It's a nice spot to be in, to be able to draw back on some of the things in the analog world, some of the physical tools we've had post-World War to now, but also to have this whole digital tool set. It's pretty incredible. We've realized how crucial it is for the student to get exposed to this, even the ones who aren't synth majors. Part of what we do is to make sure those students get exposure and learn how to use what's on their laptop, which is pretty extensive."

Neil Leonard

Professor; Artistic Director of the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, Electronic Production and Design
nleonard@berklee.edu | 617 747-8402

"I teach my students that time management is a composition skill. The planning process is critical to making quality music efficiently. This doesn't mean you can't just write spontaneously; maybe the best thing you ever write will come out that way. But if you're in this for your entire life, you need to have more than one way to work, because some days it's going to come out of you, and some days it won't."