Ear Training Faculty

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."

Ruthie Ristich

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
rristich@berklee.edu | 617-747-6376

"Working with people who have more experience, or who are better than you, is how you get better."

Gilson Schachnik

Associate Professor, Ear Training
Also affiliated with:: Ensemble
gschachnik@berklee.edu | 617-747-8406

"How do we make ear training relevant, instead of being some academic or abstract course that students have to take, but don't understand why."

Mitch Seidman

Professor, Ear Training
mseidman@berklee.edu | 617-747-8357

"When the students are having trouble with some technical aspect, I let them know that I've been there myself and there's light at the end of the tunnel."

Mark Shilansky

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
mshilansky@berklee.edu | 617-747-8598

"There's a lot of work involved in acquiring the skills to become a creative musician. You can have the creativity, but it comes out more easily if you do the work to acquire these tools."

Paul Stiller

Professor, Ear Training
pstiller@berklee.edu | 617-747-8236

"When you're producing an album and run into performance problems, you have to troubleshoot on the spot. Ear training gives you tools to draw from. But you also need communication skills to work with different musicians in a way that makes sense to them. I've worked with groups of people who are unbelievably talented but can't read music and have never tried to lock to a click track before. So you have to come up with a new musical language to reach them. It's all about figuring out new ways to teach the same thing."

David Vose

Professor, Ear Training
dvose@berklee.edu | 617-747-8389

"I have worked with many students from all over the world. I've noticed that although I see many talented students at my clinics, my Berklee students tend to have a wider range of knowledge."

August Watters

Professor, Ear Training
awatters@berklee.edu | 617-747-8686

"Nobody comes to Berklee to study ear training, and yet what we do here is the most practical thing. What we're dealing with are long-term musicianship skills that are not for any particular style, but are important to all musical styles."

Julia Werntz

Associate Professor, Ear Training
jwerntz@berklee.edu | 617-747-6240

"When you get the pitches, then it’s like you have 12 actors at your disposal, each with his or her own general traits, but also chameleon-like, able to change character according to the setting. Master this, and then you’ll really start to be in control of your own art."

Darcel Wilson

Assistant Professor, Ear Training
dwilson@berklee.edu | 617-747-3048

"I say go for what you want with what you have. Go for it."