"When I meet a student for the first time, I try not to prescribe a particular teaching philosophy or what I think they should learn. I always do my best to understand who they are, where they're coming from, what their musical background is, and where they want to go."
"I have one student who's just out of high school and learning how to be away from home. So I know I'm going to have to approach our lessons differently to help him acclimate as a student/aspiring musician. Another student I have who's from Spain, he's 27, he's been a professional musician for quite some time. He's very serious; everything is organized. It's really about getting to know that student and where that student is coming from."
"My own musical roots were watered in Lexington, Kentucky. The black gospel experience was my first and most important music education. I realize that each student at Berklee also brings a very special history of their own, and I have the opportunity to continue to mold, water, and inspire that talent. We teachers at Berklee have privilege to pass on the same joy and knowledge to our students that was passed on to us."
- B.M.E., Morehead State University
- M.M., New England Conservatory
- Leader of the Kevin Harris Project