Kenn Brass

Chair

''The students at Berklee are an inspiration to me. I think of them all as individuals, as my own. I try to get to know them. I know just about all of our 380 professional music majors."

"In all the other majors at the college, the academic department determines all the required and elective courses. But professional music students literally dance to their own drummer—their own beat. These are people who tend to want to do things their own way. In the Professional Music Department, the student chooses their course of study, with close guidance. That self-directed approach appeals to a large number of students here. We're the third largest major at Berklee!"

"There's a wide range of courses and faculty to choose from at Berklee, and we encourage students to take advantage of the large learning base. That way, they can go out into the world and do more—wherever it is that they're going to be. We want to build solid musicians who are going to go out and make a living, and we want it by way of what we do: music."

"No two people are created equally. Even though most of our students want the same thing—a successful music career—each has different ways to go about completing it. We're here to help them sort that out, so we develop personal relationships with each student. We do a lot more advising here than in other departments, and if I'm not advising face to face, I'm online doing it via e-mail."

Career Highlights

  • B.A., M.A., Governors State University
  • Performances with Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Mitzi Gaynor, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the O'Jays, and the Temptations
  • Recordings with Richard Evans, Natalie Cole, Cameo, and Curtis Mayfield
  • Member of road company of The Wiz