John Mayer in the Classroom

By 
Berklee Office of Communications
October 29, 2008
Mayer says that when it comes to expressing yourself through music, less is often more.
Mayer sits in with Dennis Montgomery's small band ensemble.
"This man is sopping it all up, non-stop, insatiably, ferociously!"—professor Livingston Taylor (right)
"[Music] becomes scientific language only so it can be communicated."
"It's about... crafting your ideas into the song."
"Every time I play something, it matters to me."—John Mayer
Mayer speaks with students at Livingston Taylor's class.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

John Mayer's recent trip to Berklee included a return to the classroom—several classrooms, in fact. In two of the classes, we were able to get a closer look to see how Mayer was interacting with students.

In Livingston Taylor's performance techniques class, Mayer shared his tips on how to connect with an audience. He talked a bit to Dennis Montgomery's small band ensemble, but mostly he just played along.

Click on the photo to learn more.