Matt Marvuglio

Dean of the Professional Performance Division
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"Performance is probably the first experience that any student has with music. Any student coming to Berklee most often comes to school either as a performer or a writer, but usually through their instrument. The reason why we audition every student on how they play is because that's one way they really synthesize music before branching out into other majors. I would imagine that performance is at the core of any musical experience."

"The Berklee approach is different because in jazz and other contemporary music, you play different kinds of things on your instrument than if you were playing classical. When students are asked why they come to Berklee, for example, one thing that's big on their list is to learn how to improvise, and that's one thing we teach in the Performance Division. We also teach how to interact with other players in the band depending on what your role is. We have various labs that help with different aspects of technique. So by having a program where you have private lessons as well as labs, you get to interact with a number of different faculty within a semester that maybe you wouldn't at a conservatory."

"What makes our faculty distinctive is that they're all professionals—they're all doing what they teach. I think it's rare that you find someone who doesn't have a CD. We make sure that we have role models for different students, different styles. For example, if you look at the Woodwind Department, we have oboe teachers; we have a classical flute teacher as well as a jazz flute teacher. In the Guitar Department, we have rockers as well as jazzers. I think that students who come to Berklee and have a certain style they want to study can usually find a teacher who can help them with that style, who's actually an expert."

Career Highlights
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts
  • Composer, recitalist, and performer with various theater orchestras
  • Jazz clinician and performer for the National Flute Association, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Acoustical Society of America
  • Author of Chorus and Modal Etudes for Woodwinds and numerous articles on MIDI wind controllers