Vocalist Kris Adams is the author of Sing Your Way Through Theory: A Music Theory Workbook For The Contemporary Singer. She has shared the stage with many accomplished musicians, including Joe Lovano, Billy Drummond, Harvie S, and Michelle Hendricks.
"I try to teach students how to be musical players. In the real world, technique, how fast they can play, how impressive their chops don't matter as much. The people who hire you for gigs want you to be musical."
"Initially in class, musicians will be trying to show off everything they know, but hip-hop is more a process of finding that groove and locking it in, playing your role. It's really more a test of restraint."
"It's important to have compassion towards each other when you are playing music, just as it is in life. When people play together with compassion and respect, that winds up being reflected in the music at any level."
"I believe that everyone has a calling, a special talent, their own individual contribution to make that no one else can duplicate. It's that voice inside that keeps pushing us to learn, grow, and discover."
"Berklee students have a very demanding schedule. Those demands can lead to physical injuries. I'm looking to give them a toolkit that they can pull out while they're performing, while they're practicing, while they're warming up."
"Everyone’s got their own ethnic identity. So bring those spices and put them in the soup—not to overpower the soup, but something that, when someone hears it, they can taste the oregano or the hot sauce and say, ‘Yeah, that’s in there.'"