Beth Denisch

Professor
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"Being 'in the moment' in the classroom is one of the most exciting things about teaching. Each classroom, each class, each day is different. I get to know my students as individuals and as a group throughout the semester. From one semester to the next, it's never going to be the same again; I'm going to have different students, so I'll present the material differently. How students respond influences how I respond, and every day I'm working off of them. Improvisation is a very big part of teaching. And when I see that light bulb go off in a student's head, it makes my day."

"One of the unique things about Berklee is that the students who are into classical music—traditional and contemporary—are also skilled at popular musics. So there's less judgment and more acceptance of all different types of music, which is so important as a student searches to find his or her personal style."

"My job as a faculty member is to teach students new skills and how to access resources that will help them find their own voices. Through exposure to new musics, and through modeling and experimentation, students experience which materials, styles, and techniques resonate within them and they then 'make it their own.' I think Berklee students have more of an opportunity to do that than students of other schools where they may be exposed to less varied styles of music. The classical music program at Berklee is strong and vibrant. I hope that I inspire the students as much as they inspire me."

Career Highlights

  • B.M., North Texas State University
  • M.M., D.M.A., Boston University
  • Composer, pianist
  • Studied with Pulitzer laureates John Harbison and Bernard Rands
  • Recordings with Albany Records, Clear Note Publications, Juxtab Music, Odyssey Discs, iTunes, and Amazon
  • Commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Equinox Chamber Players, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and Handel & Haydn Society
  • Grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, Open Meadows Foundation, American Music Center, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer
  • What the critics say about her music: “…fierce rhythmic patterns,” Bernard Holland, New York Times; “... brimmed with personality and drive ...” Anthony Tommasini, the Boston Globe; and “... wonderfully evocative ... simply splendid,” David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur