Andrea Pejrolo

Assistant Chair

"At Berklee in general, and in our department especially, we strike the right path between the traditional composition and arranging techniques and the technological aspect of production. We teach the latest technology in terms of production, recording, and sequencing, but we also provide our students with the traditional orchestration techniques for acoustic ensembles, tools that are extremely valuable these days to any professional musician. I always strongly encourage my students to stay updated on new musical trends, new arranging techniques, new styles, and new technologies. Technology should be regarded as a tool to improve the quality of music and to help develop new musical idioms, but it is imperative for the student to sustain a balance that includes strong musicianship."

"I want my students to understand that in this business, they really need to be passionate about what they do. The life of a musician is an incredible journey, a rollercoaster, where highs and lows alternate and where the next turn may reveal unforeseen and exciting new events. My goal is to prepare students to enjoy every minute of that experience, to be ready when the next opportunity will arise, to realize that being a musician is an incredible gift that they can benefit from only if they have the right tools, knowledge, and flexibility to take advantage of it. My philosophy is 'Do as many things as you can, making sure that everything you are involved in is done well and with passion.' I think that's what makes the work so exciting."

"I want my students to be 100 percent focused on what we do and to really take advantage of everything that goes on in class. I like to be available for students if they need to see me during office hours. I always like to comment on every project in class. Also, I like to have the students commenting on their projects in class. The critique process is a very important one for me. Students learn not only from getting their projects critiqued by me, but they also learn from accepting constructive criticism from their peers. In fact, the entire process of commenting on other people's projects is an invaluable tool for learning about our own limitations and about areas that need improvement."

Career Highlights

  • Diploma, Manhattan School of Music
  • M.A., University of Bristol
  • Ph.D., New York University
  • Performances at the Lincoln Center, Grand Canyon Music Festival, and American Contemporary Theater Festival, and on ABC and CBS
  • Recordings include Links (2002), Three for Chet with pianist Harold Danko, Interesting Times, and Manhattan Moods
  • Publications include Sequencing Techniques with Digital Performer, Logic Pro, CUBase SX, and Protools by Focal Press, and “The Origins of Modal Jazz in the Music of Miles Davis” in Bass World magazine