John Stein

Associate Professor
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"My teaching style is casual. I'm not a stern taskmaster, but I hold students to a high standard. Students don't come to Berklee to study theory per se. But the music theory that I teach is so directly applicable to every moment of my own music-making that I think if students get bitten by the same bug that I was bitten by, they'll be enthusiastic."

"Music is an interesting thing. Much of music is emotional. It's human expression, and you can't teach that, of course. And you can't teach artistry. You can only teach the craft of music. But the actual material that I teach—the nuts and bolts—is something that, once you internalize it, you can use it to create great art with. Every moment of my music-making includes the material that I teach. It informs what I do intuitively to a great extent."

"I'm very active professionally. The reason I like teaching is because I get to talk about and share what I know and still learn from the students. I've been at Berklee since 1980, when I was a student. I'm still teaching, talking, and thinking about the same things from the first day I walked in as student. You can't ever use it up; no matter how well you know it, you're still in the process of knowing it better. The better you know it, the more music you can make with it. It's a thrill to me. Every semester I learn something new. Sometimes it's directly from a comment or a question from a student. Sometimes it just comes up in conversation, and I'll make a new connection. And all these years later, that's the reason I'm still here. It's still fascinating."

Career Highlights

 

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • M.Ed., Harvard University
  • Active professional guitarist, double bassist
  • Band leader, John Stein Trio and Quartet
  • Member of the Ron Gill Quintet and Sextet
  • Performances with David "Fathead" Newman, Larry Goldings, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill Pierce, John LaPorta
  • Recordings include Concerto Internacional de Jazz (Whaling City Sound Records), Encounterpoint (Whaling City Sound Records), Hustle Up (Tightly Knit Records), Green Street (A Records), Portraits and Landscapes (Jardis Records), Conversation Pieces (Jardis Records), Interplay (Azica Records), and Ron Gill Sings the Songs of Billy Strayhorn (WGBH Records)