Beth Platow

Assistant Professor

"Liberal Arts at Berklee encompasses history, science, languages . . .  At most colleges and universities, those offices are separate. I like that my colleagues are teaching such different things, and I think it's a great opportunity for faculty and students to do cross-learning and to collaborate and work together."

"I love that the departm ent is growing. Berklee students are talented, they're creative, and they're passionate, and that's what liberal arts is. And I think it's great for them to be able to get away from music for a little while. I've heard from a lot of upper-semester students that in the end they were really glad that they took liberal arts courses, because it was a nice break from music music music all the time."

"I was on the staff here for 11 years in the Counseling and Advising Center, and I was running a first-year advising program until I left that position to teach. I particularly love working with entering students. They're starting out on this journey that for so many has been a dream since they were children. I'm really fueled by their excitement and their energy. Thinking back to when I was a freshman, I'm really fortunate that I connected with an upper semester student, my roommate, and several faculty members the first few weeks. Coming into an urban setting where there are a lot of like-minded people, but also a lot of competition, and looking for connections, I think it's really a challenge, so I'm trying more than anything to provide connections in our class. I want them to connect to their creativity and their passion, and I want them to connect with each other, and certainly with me. You can come to me and it doesn't have to be about the first draft of your essay!"

 

 

Career Highlights

 

  • B.A., Suffolk University
  • M.F.A., Bennington College
  • Published in various national and international literary/art magazines
  • Recipient of 2003 Grolier Poetry Prize and 2007 PEN New England Discovery Award