Piano Faculty

John Arcaro

Assistant Professor, Piano
jarcaro@berklee.edu | 617-747-8104

"I encourage my students to go with their own learning styles rather than adopting someone else's."

Ed Bedner

Professor, Piano
ebedner@berklee.edu | 617 747-8113

"As a private piano instructor, my emphasis is teaching the classical repertoire of all periods; piano technique, including tone production; and how to overcome tension and other physical problems common to pianists. Some students come with nonmedical problems of strain and pain. These students can benefit from our work on tone production to develop more freedom and control of the playing mechanism, and from repertoire carefully selected to avoid strain while gradually developing more strength."  

Leonardo Blanco

Assistant Professor, Piano
lblanco@berklee.edu | 617-747-3097

"Early on in my career, I discovered that the power and magic of music from geographically diverse areas gave me a new understanding of the world. It is my goal to share my enthusiasm for and understanding of world music elements with my students."

Joanne Brackeen

Professor, Piano
jbrackeen@berklee.edu | 617-747-8345

"When you play the music, you're playing the life you live. When you're living, just emphasize all the things you really want to be or enjoy being. Life expands every day. If you let it, music does the same thing."

Frank Carlberg

Assistant Professor, Piano
fcarlberg@berklee.edu | 617-747-8202

"It's about the fundamentals of rhythms, of harmonic conceptions, of improvisation, even things like repertoire. Fundamentals give you freedom to explore." 

Robert Christopherson

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

"Whatever the style of music being played, a musician must have a good feel, a strong inner sense of time. This is not something we are born with. We have to develop it."

Jeff Covell

Professor, Piano
jcovell@berklee.edu | 617-747-8149

"I want the students to know what I think their priorities are in terms of their being successful—as musicians and as artists—and I hope to give them some idea of how to nurture their own creative spark."

Suzanne Davis

Associate Professor, Piano
sdavis@berklee.edu | 617-747-8258

"Just because my students are learning jazz harmony, jazz voicing, or jazz theory, it doesn't mean they have to play jazz. They can apply that knowledge to any style of music."

Jennifer Elowsky-Fox

Professor, Piano

"You want to sound good right now, even if it's just one measure, one note; go from there, and build on that."

Laszlo Gardony

Professor, Piano
lgardony@berklee.edu | 617-747-8187

"My happiest moments as a teacher come from seeing a student's eyes light up about an assignment, a recording, or either their own performance or mine."

Tony Germain

Assistant Chair, Piano
rgermain@berklee.edu | 617-747-8189

"Here at Berklee, I'm giving back to something that has given me everything. I often describe Berklee as a musical Fantasy Island. I just don't know where else I'd be happy."

Kevin Harris

Assistant Professor, Piano

"I realize that each student at Berklee also brings a very special history of their own, and I have the opportunity to mold, water, and inspire that talent so that their roots may also grow strong."

Steve Heck

Assistant Professor, Piano
gheck@berklee.edu | 617-747-8451

"Versatility is key to being a good musician, being able to do all kinds of things."

Russell Hoffmann

Associate Professor, Piano
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
rhoffmann@berklee.edu | 617-747-8432

"Playing the piano has got such a physical component to it. Understanding the gestures, the body motion, the language of each style—then incorporating an intellectual knowledge of the music along with the sound—it all works together. There’s no substitute for just getting in there, experiencing it, and playing, playing, playing."

Steven Hunt

Instructor, Piano
shunt@berklee.edu | 617-747-8482

"The moment I can get the students to think and express themselves on their own, that's when I feel successful as a teacher."

Matt Jenson

Assistant Professor, Piano
mjenson@berklee.edu | 617-747-2835

"I hope that I am able to plant a seed in my student’s minds, hearts, souls, and music that will bring clarity, truth, and healing to the planet and to humankind."

Hey Rim Jeon

Assistant Professor, Piano
hjeon@berklee.edu | 617-747-3037

"After you graduate from Berklee, that's not the end of your profession, that's the beginning of your profession. It's a journey; it's not a destination. "

Douglas Johnson

Associate Professor, Piano
djohnson1@berklee.edu | 617-747-8582

"If you tell a story with no pauses, there's not going to be any drama or suspense. Pauses give people a chance to hear what was said and anticipate what comes next."

Christian Li

Instructor, Piano
cli@berklee.edu | 617-747-6518

"I seek to develop an individual's unique voice on the instrument. I'm happy if students walk away with a clear picture of who they truly are as a musician and an understanding of what they need to work on in order to cash in on that potential energy."

Dave Limina

Assistant Professor, Piano
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
dlimina@berklee.edu | 617-747-8436

"One of the biggest lessons I give my students from my own real-life experience is that a gig usually isn't about highlighting yourself; it's more about functioning in an ensemble and playing your part."

Moira Lo Bianco

Instructor, Piano
mlobianco@berklee.edu | 617-747-6811

"My goal for students is to approach different styles as a tool that allows them to develop unique identities as musicians."

Nando Michelin

Associate Professor, Piano
nmichelin@berklee.edu | 617-747-2887

"If my students understand that the music comes first all the time, then they get to that point at which they always are trying to break down barriers and let the music take over."

Vladan Milenkovic

Assistant Professor, Piano

"The sooner you learn that it is OK to take a risk and possibly fail, you will be better prepared, since perfection does not exist."

Yoko Miwa

Assistant Professor, Piano
ymiwa@berklee.edu | 617-747-6251

"No matter what style of music you're into, the one thing that unifies all of us is our love for music. You are here because music is your life!"

John Mulroy

Assistant Professor, Piano
jmulroy@berklee.edu | 617-747-8311

"Developing as a pianist is a process, and I encourage students to practice every day so they'll have the ability to express themselves musically and emotionally."