Colin Sapp

Assistant Professor
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"I’m fascinated by the creative process, so I love working on improvisation and composition concepts with students. I also enjoy all different genres of music, and I’m always learning more by listening to things that might seem out of character for me. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that flexibility is a great asset in the business. Therefore, the style of guitar playing a student is really into isn’t a major factor to me; it’s whether or not the music they make is truly communicating something meaningful to the listener in the best possible way."

"One thing that I love about the students at Berklee is the openness to new ideas that they have. They are really excited to work with things that are uncomfortable to them, and they recognize the value in turning these weak areas into strengths. I tend to look for areas that students haven’t uncovered in their playing, and I help them generate creative solutions to address them."

"Students sometimes forget to nurture their artistry while they’re in school. It’s easy to get caught up in becoming proficient at specific skills like ear training, playing at quick tempi, improvising over difficult changes, etc. I think it’s critical to use learned music concepts to inform one’s individuality. The learning process is a creative process, so students should compose and/or improvise new ideas as soon as they are struck with that inspiration."

Career Highlights

 

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • M.M.Ed., Boston University
  • Recordings include Choose to Find, Songs Without Words, Requiem for a One Night Stand, and TŌMN
  • Leader of Infinite Out
  • Performances with Kurt Elling, Purbayan Chatterjee, Robert Pinsky, Freebo, Rakesh Chaurasia, and John Shannon