Bass Faculty

Tom Appleman

Assistant Professor, Bass | 617-747-8498

"The ability to memorize songs quickly and efficiently is a big part of my profession, and I want my students to take on the same traits."

Steve Bailey

Chair, Bass | 617-747-6310

"My door is always open. But don't show up and want to just hang out and talk: you'd better bring your bass."

Victor Bailey

Associate Professor, Bass | 617-747-6339

"When it’s right, performing is an out-of-body experience and thinking goes out the window."

Whit Browne

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8129

"My approach is not the typical classroom textbook approach. I'm teaching from a practical point of view. I tell my students, 'This is what you can expect to happen on the gig, or on the recording session.'" 

Dave Buda

Assistant Professor, Bass | 617-747-8348

"Your sound—how you sound when you hit that string—is everything. And as long as you have the fundamental elements, you have everything you need to sound great." 

David Clark

Professor, Bass
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-8144

"One of the roles of a teacher is to help students gain a panoramic awareness of music and what to work on."

Bruce Gertz

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8190

"It's better to give students more attention on what they're doing, to listen to them and make comments—and then maybe pick up the instrument to show them something."

Lincoln Goines

Associate Professor, Bass | 617-747-8078

"Bass is first and foremost the heartbeat of the ensemble."

Susan Hagen

Assistant Professor, Bass | 617-747-6976

"I like to give positive reinforcement and make my students to feel good but also inspire them to practice."

Fernando Huergo

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8425

"I try to see what students need to help to shape their own musical voices and become a complete, well-rounded musician, capable of surviving and adapting in the changing music industry."

John Lockwood

Associate Professor, Bass | 617-747-8593

"I want the students out there working and playing actively, the sooner the better. If they have problems, they can always come back to me with them."

Chris Loftlin

Instructor, Bass

"What I learned here as a student, and what I am learning now from current students, helps me to inform the people I work with of what's coming, and to inform the students of what is waiting for them."

Ed Lucie

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8560

"We have to practice and practice and practice and practice, and then in the moment we have to let everything go and just play."

David Marvuglio

Instructor, Bass | 617-747-6436

"I’m really into trying to find a voice within your instrument or style. If you’re constantly imitating, you’re never working on your own voice."

Daniel Morris

Professor, Bass
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-8291

"There's a consequence to every note you play. And even when you don't play, such as when there's a rest, there's a consequence, because when the bass comes in, it's going to be huge."

John Patitucci

Artist in Residence, Bass
Also affiliated with: Berklee Global Jazz Institute | 617-747-6342

“As a bassist, you have to love being the ‘earth.’ You have to understand the absolute responsibility and power of being the earth.”

Joe Santerre

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8341

"I try to custom design each individual's private lessons, so that strengths are reinforced, weaknesses are strengthened, and every student's goals and desires are reached, or at least moved closer."

Sandro Scoccia

Assistant Chair, Bass | 617-747-2039

"Here at Berklee, there are so many great teachers, but there is always something that you—especially on the instrumental level—can give to somebody to point them in the right direction."

Barry Smith

Assistant Professor, Bass | 617-747-8354

"What's most rewarding is the rapport you can build up with a student, when you see them get really good."

Oscar Stagnaro

Professor, Bass | 617-747-8359

"I always tell students, 'If you want to study with me, I'll prepare you, so when you leave here, you'll work.' That's my mission."

Anthony Vitti

Professor, Bass
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-8388

"I want my students to have the solid fundamentals to be great working bass players for all styles."