Gaye Tolan Hatfield

Associate Professor

"My background as a former Berklee student, vocal and instrumental performer, arranger, and composer allows me to share real-life experiences with my students. I work on making new musical experiences for myself, which help keeps me passionate about teaching—and life in general."

"I describe my teaching style as thorough and friendly. I cover melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ear training in my classes, which are reinforced by performing, dictating, and listening activities. I want my students to succeed and feel good about their accomplishments. Hopefully, this is achieved through our partnership and their determination to truly "own" the material. Ear training is an integral piece of the puzzle for the professional musician. Having a good ear means better communication in any musical setting, including stage, recording studio, and teaching studio. If a note, chord, or rhythm is heard that elicits a response (whether good or bad), how cool is it to know exactly what the sound was and why it worked—or didn't! In those circumstances, I feel as if I'm in on a little secret that nonmusicians never get to experience."

Career Highlights

  • B.A., Berklee College of Music
  • Member, Sisters of Swing
  • Composer, MetroMusic, Heavy Hitters music libraries
  • Source music placements for television including Ed, Navy NCIS, Judging Amy, Brotherhood, and The District
  • Arranger, National Public Radio's From the Top and Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Player, FX's Rescue Me
  • Level 3 graduate, Somatic Voicework: The LoVetri Method
  • Member, ASCAP