Ear Training Faculty

Catherine Bent

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
cbent@berklee.edu | 617 747-8063

"I love to animate the concepts with musical examples from all over and to relate the techniques as much as possible to the situations you'll encounter." 

Corinne Sloan Chase

Associate Professor, Ear Training
cchase@berklee.edu | 617 747-8588

"My mission is to help the students find a comfort zone within themselves so the sharing of their music is a blissful experience."

Allan Chase

aschase@berklee.edu | 617 747-2853

"Ear training is a tool that allows you to express what you hear, what you want to play, and what you want to sound like."

Paul Del Nero

Associate Professor, Ear Training
pdelnero@berklee.edu | 617 747-8403

"I do think that Berklee is in a position to give students the information they need to steer the industry, instead of accommodate the industry. I think Berklee can change the industry."

Scott deOgburn

Professor, Ear Training
sdeogburn@berklee.edu | 617 747-8155

"The goal is to be able to look at a piece of music and know what it sounds like without having to listen to it; or conversely, to listen to a piece of music and be able to notate it."

Jorrit Dijkstra

Associate Professor, Ear Training
jdijkstra@berklee.edu | 617 747-6005

"In my classes I try to give my own twist to the curriculum and always make sure the students create music, rather than drill exercises."

Rick DiMuzio

Professor, Ear Training
rdimuzio@berklee.edu | 617 747-8589

"Developing one's ear is a lifelong endeavor and one that I continue to work on as I strive to add new sounds to my aural vocabulary."

John Funkhouser

Professor, Ear Training

"Ear training is such a fundamental thing. It's a feedback system involving several factors: reading, writing, and listening to and imagining music."

Robin Ginenthal

Professor, Ear Training
rginenthal@berklee.edu | 617 747-8191

"Berklee uses the movable do system. With the movable do system, once students learn the scale, that can be applied to any scale. Once you know how to sing in C major, you know how to sing in F major. Once the students learn the pitch relationships in one key, they can do them in any key."

Richard Greenblatt

Associate Professor, Ear Training

"Being a musician is a combination of teaching, writing music, conducting, and rehearsing a group, as well as playing."

Nick Grondin

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
ngrondin@berklee.edu | 617 747-6434

"I want students to be able to recognize the relationship between the skills in the class and then the real-world skills that they’ll need when they go out and play with real people, or record people, or use music therapy."

Gaye Tolan Hatfield

Professor, Ear Training
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)

"Ear training is an integral piece of the puzzle for the professional musician. Having a good ear means better communication in any musical setting, including stage, recording studio, and teaching studio. If a note, chord, or rhythm is heard that elicits a response (whether good or bad), how cool is it to know exactly what the sound was and why it worked—or didn't! In those circumstances, I feel as if I'm in on a little secret that nonmusicians never get to experience."

Kaye Kelly

Associate Professor, Ear Training
kkelly@berklee.edu | 617 747-8513

"I love to watch the wheels turning and then the light bulb go on when a student is learning to read music or learning how to hear something new."

Peter Kenagy

Associate Professor, Ear Training
pkenagy@berklee.edu | 617 747-6805

"To function today, you must be able to move easily in a continuous cycle of listening, imagining, singing, reading, writing, and performing. It is my hope to help create this foundation within my students."

Brian Lewis

Professor, Ear Training
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
blewis@berklee.edu | 617 747-8257

"Ear training is all about becoming a literate musician—mastering the fundamentals, covering everything musicians might encounter in their career. Acquiring a good ear doesn't happen by turning a magic key. It happens through performing experience or a systematic progressive approach that slowly builds and reinforces musical concepts through performance-related and recognition activities."

Daryl Lowery

Professor, Ear Training
dlowery@berklee.edu | 617 747-8263

"Music, in my mind, is the best expression of what it means to be a human being."

Yumiko Matsuoka

Professor, Ear Training
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
ymatsuoka@berklee.edu | 617 747-8415

"If people want to continue as professional musicians in any way, ear training will be essential for their growth. People who write have to be able to express what they hear in their heads in an efficient way. Sometimes it takes time for students to find out what ear training can do for them and their career. But once they do, they go, 'Oh, wow—this is what I have to do to achieve my goals.' It might be a long road, but I'm hoping that it's a fascinating discovery. I'm still learning myself. I learn as I teach. And I love it."

Berke McKelvey

Associate Professor, Ear Training
bmckelvey@berklee.edu | 617 747-3041

"If you really love music, it's like you would love somebody else in a personal relationship; you want to find out everything there is to know about them."

Cercie Miller

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
cmiller@berklee.edu | 617 747-6237

"For the musician interested in a range of contemporary music, Berklee is the place where all types of contemporary music come together. I don’t know of any program that more effectively brings the elements of contemporary music together. "

Giovanni Moltoni

Professor, Ear Training
gmoltoni@berklee.edu | 617 747-8594

"I always approach the teaching from the professional aspect of it, because otherwise it becomes too theoretical."

Lydia Okumura

Associate Professor, Ear Training
lokumura@berklee.edu | 617 747-8298

"I love it when a student who has been doing poorly finally comes to my office and allows me to explain the material in way that he or she will understand. And then to have a student who was doing poorly all of a sudden understand and start doing really well—I enjoy the spark of understanding on their faces."

Robert Patton

Associate Professor, Ear Training
bpatton@berklee.edu | 617 747-8309

"I never teach exactly the same way. I'm always evolving. I'm always getting surprised."

Phil Person

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
pperson@berklee.edu | 617 747-8735

"It's an essential element of a musician to have good ears. If they're not necessarily born with good ears, it's important for them to at least expand what they're capable of hearing. "

Jane Potter

Professor, Ear Training
jpotter@berklee.edu | 617 747-8596

"It's not just singing a Marvin Gaye song; it's learning what Marvin Gaye did, copying it, and then making it your own."

Roberta Radley

Assistant Chair, Ear Training
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
rradley@berklee.edu | 617 747-8326

"Ear training is not magic. And it's not something you're either born with or not. It's a lot of dedicated hard work, and it takes time. But the value of it is that, like a language, once you own it, you own it."

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