Guitar Faculty

Abigail Aronson

Professor, Guitar
azocher@berklee.edu | 617-747-8269

"I like to hook people in with what they came to music for. Then, when I get into theory and technique, it can mean more to them."

John Baboian

Professor, Guitar
jbaboian@berklee.edu | 617-747-8106

"I want my students to have such a great wealth of knowledge and abilities that they can do any gig that comes before them."

Sheryl Bailey

Associate Professor, Guitar
sbailey@berklee.edu | 617-747-8407

"For me, what's important is that the material that we're dealing with in class is practical to what a real musician has to deal with. It's about developing the skills that you're really going to need to make you successful."

Larry Baione

Chair, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
lbaione@berklee.edu | 617-747-2294

"I learn from the students, just as the students learn from me. I enjoy their individual talents, and I also enjoy the passion that the students have to learn the instrument and perform."

Bruce Bartlett

Associate Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
bbartlett@berklee.edu | 617-747-8424

"My ultimate direction is pretty simple: make my students musically strong so that they have more choices on the back end."

Kevin Belz

Assistant Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
kbelz@berklee.edu | 617-747-2738

"In my class, there's a lot of playing. I feel it's important just to play rather than writing scales on the board. The emphasis is on improvising, playing, and listening."

Dan Bowden

Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
dbowden@berklee.edu | 617-747-8124

"An important goal of mine has been to expand on what would be the typical blues education—trying to round out the blues students we have playing modern electric blues style by imparting some historical perspective."

Freddie Bryant

Associate Professor, Guitar
fbryant@berklee.edu | 617-747-6248

"I'm a 'jazz' guitarist based in blues and the African-American tradition but also a studied classical player. I play Brazilian and Latin music, Afro-Cuban, and music that bridges the gap to other world styles from an improvisational/nontraditional approach."

Jon Damian

Professor, Guitar
jdamian@berklee.edu | 617-747-8152

"Ensemble members develop their musical communication skills by exploring the basic sound dimensions (dynamics, rhythm, melodic direction, and note articulation). In every playing situation, a greater awareness of these elements strengthens creative potential."

Sal DiFusco

Associate Professor, Guitar
sdifusco@berklee.edu | 617-747-8224

"Artistic development is important to me; I get a great amount of joy in developing people musically."

Garrison Fewell

Professor, Guitar
gfewell@berklee.edu | 617 747-8171

"Sometimes students are shocked when I see that they’re having a hard time playing something on the guitar and I say, 'Just sing it. Now play what you sang.' They probably already finished their ear training but haven’t yet discovered how it applies to the instrument. It’s using all the resources we have. So here in the lesson I try to be open to all these things. The students have so much to study here, sometimes it’s hard for them to make connections. I make connections, whether it’s through the ear or the intellect or the emotions."

Jon Finn

Professor, Guitar
jfinn@berklee.edu | 617-747-8173

"If there's one issue I get evangelical about, it's when I hear a lot of words from well-known rock players who say, 'Don't practice, be a rebel. Studying the instrument is bad for your creativity.' The mentality is that if you're too technically proficient, you're not rock 'n' roll; I'm not sure if I agree."

David Fiuczynski

Professor, Guitar

Guitar shredder, researcher, composer, and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, David Fiuczynski explores the microtonal universe like few others.

Tomo Fujita

Associate Professor, Guitar
tfujita@berklee.edu | 617-747-8410

"For a while I played at a Baptist church every Sunday. There were no charts; for every song, all I got was the key. It taught me a lot about feeling, and I thought, 'That's really what music is all about.' You hear things, and you have to feel things."

David Gilmore

Associate Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Global Jazz Institute
mgilmore@berklee.edu | 617-747-3125

"To me, jazz music is a way of life and a way of thinking. It's about exploration, trying something new, discovering more about yourself, about music, about life in general."

Mick Goodrick

Professor, Guitar
mgoodrick@berklee.edu | 617-747-8454

"When someone really gets something, they light up like a Christmas tree—and you get the same feeling, from having spent so much time with them. It's really very obvious, and it's very, very cool when it happens."

Charles Hansen

Instructor, Guitar
chansen@berklee.edu | 617-747-8313

"You're not just learning how to play guitar, you're also learning what dedication is and what discipline is."

Richie Hart

Associate Professor, Guitar
rhart@berklee.edu | 617-747-8422

"I'm a very open teacher; I don't hide anything. My students know that when they ask me a question, I'll always give them a straight answer."

Craig Hlady

Associate Professor, Guitar
chlady@berklee.edu | 617-747-8217

"The technical aspects are only means to an end to free up your playing so it comes from your heart and inner soul."

Thaddeus Hogarth

Associate Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
thogarth@berklee.edu | 617-747-2830

"As a thriving independent recording artist, I think of my job as not only to disseminate information but to give a strong basis of context for this information and a method for incorporating it into the student's own identity as a musician, whether as a performer, a composer, or both."

Mike Ihde

Professor, Guitar
mihde@berklee.edu | 617-747-2241

"My goal has always been to prepare people to be able to play anything, anytime, anywhere. In order to survive in this business, you need to know a ton of tunes in a lot of styles and be able to play them all convincingly."

Scotty Johnson

Associate Professor, Guitar
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
sjohnson@berklee.edu | 617-747-8494

"My main message is that there's work out there for musicians—gigs and paychecks. I've brought students into the pit with me and they are glad to see that there are many attainable avenues for music other than being a rock star. There are other ways to do things creatively and work as a professional musician with a guitar in your lap. I tell students, 'Here's what you have to know, here's what you'll get paid, here's the person who will hire you, etc.' It's not always about music theory; it's experience. In my theater lab, they're seeing the actual chart that I read in the pit from shows like The Lion King or Spamalot, for example."

Julien Kasper

Professor, Guitar
jkasper@berklee.edu | 617-747-8464

"I think that the biggest inspiration I can be to the students is to be an active, performing, recording artist. They want to know that you're out there, making your own music, being your own musician."

Jim Kelly

Professor, Guitar
jkelly@berklee.edu | 617-747-8244

"As long as we find topics that keep the student learning, we can expand what they feel they can do."

Donald P. Lappin Jr.

Assistant Professor, Guitar
dlappin@berklee.edu | 617-747-8587

"Students come to me for technique, but I want them to understand that technique is a means to an end, and that end should always be something musical."

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