Bass Faculty

Tom Appleman

Assistant Professor, Bass | 617 747-8498

"I'm supplying my students with a solid base for their music careers. My main goal is for them to be able to hear what else is going on in a musical situation."

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. I try to expand my students' awareness of being part of a rhythm section, which is like the shaman's drum. It's important to develop a rhythmic quality and robustness of sound that ignites the imagination of the performers and listeners, and a groove that has a transformative effect. A common pitfall is to play too busily, instead of understanding one's role within the group. I tell my students that we need to listen beyond our own performances in order to clearly hear and identify with the sound of the whole group."

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

"Some of the things I like to tell students I've learned: The bass is first and foremost the heartbeat of the ensemble. Playing the bass is only a part of being a good bassist. Showing up and working hard are the foundational keys to success as a music pro. In addition to helping students bring all aspects of their playing to the highest level it can be, I focus on sound, accuracy, vocabulary, and developing the critical ear necessary for 'seeing' music from the eye of bass. My goal is to help them find their voice on the instrument, and also to prepare them for the actual gigging world."

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

"The typical bass student at Berklee is very much a novice when it comes to understanding the role of the bassist in a group. Many of them have developed skills, flashy skills, what I like to refer to as 'music store chops.' These musicians sound great in a music store. They do some very fast playing, very exciting stuff that you can actually use at the end of a solo and the crowd will go nuts. But they're spending way too much time on that, and they're not spending enough time on the fundamental maxim of bass, which is: The bass player's role is to keep time and to address the tonality of the moment."

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

"Between Berklee and summers hanging with legendary artists, all my learning was about being a great rhythm section player. And that totally translates into how I teach today. I want my students to have the solid fundamentals to be great working bass players for all styles. The top things I focus on are time, note placement, the length of their notes, note selections, and consistency. I also want them to concentrate less on how many notes they're playing and more on rhythmic depth, to be a more supportive player—yet to be able to do their individual thing, shine through, and play with confidence."