Woodwinds Faculty

Jackie Beard

Professor, Woodwinds
jbeard@berklee.edu | 617-747-2678

"The improvisational approaches that I relay to my students are theoretically explainable, of course, but it's the practical and artistic applications that I really want to get across to them."

George Garzone

Professor, Woodwinds
Also affiliated with: Berklee Global Jazz Institute
ggarzone@berklee.edu | 617-747-8188

"I think the tradition is responsible for how you play, no matter how far out you go. But at the same time, my job is to get the kids to stretch out. I want to take them away from the tradition."

Dino Govoni

Assistant Professor, Woodwinds
dgovoni@berklee.edu | 617-747-8315

"My teaching style adapts to each individual student. I try to find their strengths and weaknesses and work accordingly. I encourage them to dig deep inside and find their personal voice."

Jeff Harrington

Professor, Woodwinds

"In addition to practicing, hands-on experience (on-the-job-training) is the only way to develop as a musician and to ultimately arrive at the consistency we all strive for."

Barbara LaFitte

Professor, Woodwinds
blafitte@berklee.edu | 617-747-8489

"The art of being a good musician includes a positive attitude, as well as the ability to achieve consistent skills on your instrument." 

Shannon LeClaire

Associate Professor, Woodwinds
sleclaire@berklee.edu | 617-747-8490

"Even though I have a very large studio, I try the best I can to have an individual relationship with each student, whether that means going out for pizza or encouraging emails. I love teaching: this is what I intended to do,"

Lance Van Lenten

Associate Professor, Woodwinds
lvanlenten@berklee.edu | 617-747-6007

"For me it’s all about helping my students develop as performers regardless of the style. I try to focus on the specific needs of my students and use a systematic approach supported by organization, technology tools and lots of listening."

Fred Lipsius

Associate Professor, Woodwinds
flipsius@berklee.edu | 617-747-8259

"When you worry or think too much about the outcome, it blocks the creative flow within."

Jim Odgren

Professor, Woodwinds
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
jodgren@berklee.edu | 617-747-2563
Odgren, a 1976 Berklee graduate, is an alto saxophonist who doubles on tenor and soprano saxophones and flute.


Mia Olson

Professor, Woodwinds
molson@berklee.edu | 617-747-8458

"I try to be very open and all-inclusive and I also try to approach a particular topic in a bunch of different ways: visually, aurally, and kinesthetically."

Margaret Phillips

Associate Professor, Woodwinds
mphillips@berklee.edu | 617-747-8528

"I love teaching students at Berklee because it's unlike any other place that I teach."

Bill Pierce

Chair, Woodwinds
bpierce@berklee.edu | 617-747-2437

"Music is a source of communication between people, regardless of whether you want to be a star or not."

Wendy Rolfe

Professor, Woodwinds
wrolfe@berklee.edu | 617-747-8337

"The most important thing for me is that my students keep their love of music, and that they’ll have the tools to impart that to other people."

Harry Skoler

Professor, Woodwinds
hskoler@berklee.edu | 617-747-8334

"As long as you're enjoying the moment—that's it, stop there. Have a generalized plan, but you can reevaluate at any point. Take the pressure off. Enjoy what you're doing."

Bill Thompson

Assistant Professor, Woodwinds
wthompson@berklee.edu | 617-747-8381

"Discipline and consistency are things I strive to help the students develop, because the material gets more complex as it goes along."

Frank Tiberi

Professor, Woodwinds
ftiberi@berklee.edu | 617-747-2266

"What's appealing is to get students who have never played jazz and after even just one semester some of them are really accomplishing and improvising."